Fundamentals of Screenwriting, Part 5: I’ve Finished My Draft—Now What?

Professional Development

Event Details

Wednesday November 6, 2019 6:30 pm
Writers Guild of America, East
250 Hudson Street, Suite 700
New York, NY 10013

Professional Development

The Writers Guild of America, East
invites you to attend

Rewriting, networking, and getting past the gatekeepers—while finding representation, producers, directors, and actors. Plus: How to listen to and incorporate feedback (while proving you’re the best writer for the job!).

Some of the topics and techniques we’ll cover include:

  • The top 10 differences between scripts that break through and those that don’t
  • Make your script an absolute page-turner, no matter what the genre
  • Write characters that are magnets for A-list stars
  • The 7 real reasons most scripts fail
  • Why the way you introduce your lead is THE most critical scene
  • How to make representation flock to YOU without even trying
  • Give readers exactly what they want (but what they never expected)
  • Incorporate commercially appealing elements into even the most indie of scripts
  • Fun games to amp up your arcs, characters, dialogue, and action
  • When to use The Black List and related contests/fellowships/websites
  • Use “high concept” principles to elevate any story

…and a whole lot more. Hope to see you there!

Timothy Michael Cooper is an award-winning filmmaker, comedy writer, and script consultant. He wrote and directed the Writers Guild Award-nominated Concierge: The Series, starring Kate McKinnon. His short comedy Lemon premiered at Tribeca, played at dozens of international festivals and on United Airlines, and is currently in development as a sitcom. Plus, he’s been part of the writers’ room for the Writers Guild Awards for the past six years, writing monologue jokes and sketches for numerous hosts/presenters.

Through his company, Blueprint Screenwriting Group, he’s taught hundreds of writers. His clients and students have sold their scripts to major studios; staffed on multiple network and cable TV shows; screened/won at SXSW, Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes, etc.; and got their movies and shows made across the globe.

Timothy is a proud member of the WGAE, the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective Writers’ Workshop, the Hollywood Radio & Television Society, and the WGAE Softball Team.


About The Fundamentals of Screenwriting Series

The Fundamentals of Screenwriting with Timothy Michael Cooper is a new WGA East seminar series. This series aims to live up to its name – to teach the fundamentals for screenwriters that need a refresher or journalists looking to learn for the first time.


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