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The Narrative of the Screenplay

Registration ended: 11/01/2015
Online Class - Start Anytime
FEE: $70/$65 Registration Expired
The Narrative of the Screenplay is possibly the most significant, engaging and influential element of your screenplay. I would suggest that it even out ranks structure and storytelling.  Here is why:

Without a great narrative the reader may never get to the crux of your story; never fully realize the structure or the story you are telling.


Of course if the story's flat you’re dead in the water, but what's even worse is when you have a great story to tell, but because your narrative is so plodding and colorless, you lose the reader before they every realize it.


My 6 Week ‘Narrative of the Screenplay’ On-Line Course begins Nov. 3rd.


It covers the ‘what,’ ‘why’ and ‘how’ of creating a narrative that captures the attention and imagination of the reader.


There is both a ‘Basic’ course and a ‘Premium’ course and both cover the following topics:


The Absolute Present Tense

As in life, everything in the screenplay happens in the here and now. The Absolute Present Tense forces the reader/viewer to participate in the story. In a way, they are creating it by the mere act of reading it.  APT is quite possibly the most powerful and visceral narrative tool you have in capturing the attention of your reader/viewer.


Narrative Pacing

Narrative Pacing controls the speed and rhythm at which the action, scene and overall story unfolds. If done effectively it can hook your reader/viewer into not just reading, but viscerally experiencing the action and events of your story. keeping them on the edge of their seat.


Six Ways to Create Atmosphere

This topic is so extensive that it makes up two of the lectures.

Next to the story itself, atmosphere is arguably the primary means of capturing the imagination of the reader-viewer. The plot can be tension filled and the characters engaging, but it’s the atmosphere that captures the emotions and imagination of the reader and stays with them long after they have turned the last page.


Succinctness and Dramatic Impact

I have often said that the art of screenwriting is the ability to tell the story in a succinct, near ‘haiku’ style. The writer needs to avoid detailed action without forsaking the dramatic purpose of the scene.

This means finding the shortest, most effective way to express the visual experience of your story without stripping it of its dramatic impact.



Learning how to effectively use Descriptors can be a tremendous value to the screenwriter.  With a single, carefully chosen word or phrase, the writer can illuminate an image, viscerally express an action, reveal the inner workings of a character, and invoke a palpable atmosphere to the story.

 Course #N103 (Standard Course)


Basic Course

Cost: $70

Dates: November 3, 5, 10,12, 17 & 19/2015

Q&A conference call with Bill Boyle - Date TBD.


Premium Course 

Cost: $225

Dates: November 3, 5, 10, 12, 17 & 19/2015

Includes weekly feedback from Bill Boyle.

Q&A conference call with Bill Boyle - Date TBD.


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