After nearly two decades of teaching my "HOLLYWOOD STORYTELLING TOOLS" curriculum all across the country, these courses are now available to you online... AND THEY'RE BETTER THAN EVER!
NEWLY EXPANDED CURRICULUM
For both screenwriters and novelists, this curriculum teaches advanced storytelling principles and essential writing techniques that every master of the craft should know.
Each course has been expanded to include hours of in-depth content, with useful movie clips and excerpts to effectively illustrate the principles being taught.
Each course is divided into modules, and each module consists of multiple video lessons taught by Zena Dell Lowe. The videos are designed to be watched online at the student's own pace.
*With the exception of FORMATTING AS AN ARTFORM, all courses have been designed for both screenwriters and novelists.
"I've been accused of many things, but 'boring' is not one of them!"
~Zena Dell Lowe
Speaker, Teacher and Writing Coach
Mastering the Art of Industry-Standard Formatting for Screenplays
For all of you screenwriters out there looking to take your skills to the next level, or for novelists looking to transition into writing screenplays, this class will teach you the essential components of Industry-Standard Formatting and enable you to execute your script with artistry and excellence, making it truly worthy of production.
"I’ve written best-sellers, owned a successful publishing services company, and worked in the film industry for a few decades; I’ve never experienced a more practical and helpful writing program than 'Formatting as an Artform.'"
~Joseph R. Myers, novelist and screenwriter
"Zena Dell Lowe’s Formatting as an Artform is the best online course I’ve ever taken. I’ve written scripts before, but this course has completely changed the way I think and approach scriptwriting."
~Mary Beth Dahl, novelist and screenwriter
"I can’t think of ANY other course that has helped me more than this one. Bar none, Formatting as an Artform is THE best course I've ever seen or taken on how to write a screenplay.”
~Susan May Warren, author of over 50 novels, USA Today bestselling and RITA award winning novelist
STORY STRUCTURE MADE EASY:
Demystifying the Three-Act Structure
If you've tried other approaches to the three-act structure but still seem to find yourself getting lost along the way, then this is the class for you. This class will walk you through the entire storytelling process using a resource tool I've adapted called, “The Hollywood Beat Sheet.” You’ll learn how to flesh out your story, keep the main character driving the action, and develop an easy-to-use roadmap to help you get from the beginning of your story, all the way through the middle and to the end.
This is one of the most foundational classes on writing that you will ever take.
DEEP DIVE INTO CHARACTER
The essential building block of any story is to create unforgettable characters. This course identifies why some characters seem real while others fall flat. You'll learn which qualities your main character must possess in order for the audience to emotionally invest in their story, and how to reveal those qualities in an organic, satisfying way.
SHOW, DON'T TELL:
A Wordsmith's Guide to Creating Visual Images in Story
You've heard the phrase, “Show, don’t tell." This class will teach you how to do just that. You will discover how to construct more complex imagery in order to convey a deeper level of meaning through your story. This is an advanced course to enhance your visual writing skills and help you become a true master of your craft.
WRITING GREAT DIALOGUE:
Unraveling the Threads of Delightful Conversation