Amateurs write scripts, professional dramatists construct them
“Having taken virtually every screenwriting course in existence, I found Jeff Kitchen’s workshop to be the most valuable in town. His techniques and tools guide one through the entire process of screenwriting: from basic concept to general script structure and further down to the scene level. Jeff is a master teacher who truly understands the art and technique of the screenplay.
His course is worth its weight in gold.”
Chris Brancato – Writer/Executive Producer
Narcos, Sherlock Holmes 3, Godfather of Harlem
TRAINING WRITERS WHO STRIVE TO ACHIEVE THE HIGHEST FORM OF THEIR CRAFT
For the first time ever, Jeff Kitchen is offering his professional techniques for the dramatist through an online writing apprenticeship training program, Scriptwriting Mastery.
This program teaches the same tools, underlying principles, and methodologies that were taught in Jeff’s small workshops to thousands of students from Broadway to Hollywood. As always Jeff doesn’t tell, but shows students how to achieve substantial expertise through good attack as a storyteller and solid craft as a dramatist.
Scriptwriting Mastery will take years off your learning curve and will make your skills second nature so you can focus on story creation, not your process.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
Engineer your script properly before you write it: If you take the time to engineer your script’s structure before you write it, then much of the misery of extensive rewrites can be avoided.
The habits of mind of a trained dramatist: How a skilled writer thinks in the process of adapting a good story into a compelling dramatic plot is what constitutes genuine mastery.
Separate the Necessary from the Unnecessary: One of the central principles of writing effective drama, it frees you from the profusion of unnecessary detail and allows you to gradually layer in detail as it becomes necessary. Amateurs’ scripts are bogged down with the Unnecessary.
Practical know-how, not inert knowledge: Mere information about how drama works may sound clever at a cocktail party, but it doesn’t help you write scripts that work. All this training is about utility, about know-how, so you can wield the tools and techniques like a seasoned pro.
Tap into audience demand: Audiences are extremely demanding even if they themselves are not aware of it. They bring a lot of energy to the theater and if you tap into it then you can amplify your story’s power. It’s all about the audience.
Unity of Action: Aristotle talks about how those dramas that grip an audience consist of a single action. In a well-structured drama, every part of the story serves the whole—it’s all one thing. A single action, a single hero, a single result.
Turn mere narrative into drama: Central to your job as a scriptwriter is to dramatize story, adapting it for a theatrical performance, whether film, television, or stage—in any genre.
Principle and method: It’s not enough to know how to utilize the tools; you must know the underlying principles that make them work. Your understanding of the principles will inform your application of the dramatist’s methods.
Use chaos as creative dynamite: Staying in the safe lane is not the way to be a cutting-edge storyteller. The key word in the entertainment industry is outrageousness. Have fun. Get in trouble, go off the deep end, and inject chaos into your writing process to make your stories unpredictable.
Destroy writer’s block and vaporize cliché: These dynamic tools and aggressive approaches to storytelling will power you through stumbling blocks that stop many writers in their tracks.
How to create, develop, and structure scripts: We constantly build real scripts as the core of our training, giving you substantial mastery of all the skills and thinking processes needed to succeed.
Dramatic Action: Dramatic Action is not car chases and shootouts. It’s a state of action that you put the audience in, getting them up on the edge of their seats wondering how things will turn out. Consistent, coherent, compelling Dramatic Action is the name of the game.
THE SEVEN TOOLS ARE THE FOUNDATION OF THE SCRIPTWRITING MASTERY PROGRAM
HOW YOU'LL LEARN
Cognitive Apprenticeship: You’re being trained using the principles of Cognitive Apprenticeship, acquiring deep skills through apprenticeship, and focusing on the subtle and hidden aspects of an expert’s thinking process. As you integrate the skills and the cognitive habits of a trained dramatist, you begin to acquire expertise.
Learn how to fight: A career in writing is notoriously difficult and to succeed you must forge your own way. You’ve got to be a riveting storyteller, a skilled dramatist, professional, explosively creative, focused, deep, self-starting, collaborative, fiercely intelligent, emotionally resilient, resourceful, competent, consistent, and reliable.
Disruptive teaching: Science has shown that the harder it is to learn something the better you retain it. The courses change gears and topics constantly, keeping you off balance and challenging you, and throwing you in the deep end of the pool before you’re ready. You will work hard for what you learn in this class.
Learn to evaluate professionally: You must learn how to look at a project or idea with a professional eye, to evaluate it accurately and objectively. It’s crucial to the creative process to be able to isolate and articulate problems, to know when to improve things and when to stop, and to spot weaknesses and strengths.
Think it through: I want you to think through concepts even before you understand them. This challenges you to think aggressively and independently, to figure things out on your own. Then when you do learn the concept, you grasp it quicker and better.
Read one excellent script each week: We read and discuss a great script a week. Constantly reading the best scripts attunes you to quality writing and great story ideas. We pursue different ways of studying, for example following a theater script that goes on to win a Best Picture Oscar as a film.
Group problem solving: Teams will work together to tackle sticky problems in the scripts we’re developing and writing. The ability to collaborate is crucial to succeeding as a professional. We also play cooperative competitive storytelling games, team plot construction, guessing games, and title contests.
Short addictive games: The science of training says to not do repetitive drills but short addictive games as a main source of deliberate practice. We have games called Crazy What If, Flirting with Disaster, Best Bad Idea, Chain Backward, Flip It, Blatant Rip-off, Amplify, Chop Chop, More Stupider, and Down the Rabbit Hole.
To tell a story is easy but to construct a drama is difficult, significantly harder than novices imagine. Dramatic writing is generally considered the most elusive of all the literary disciplines. It’s tricky and slippery and hard to get right. 95-98% of all scripts submitted in Hollywood are deeply flawed and are rejected. The secret to success is to engineer your script properly before you write it.
The entire program is laser-focused on teaching the craft of the dramatist. This two-year training program will accelerate your learning process and will turn you into a seasoned professional scriptwriter, ready to tackle any project.
You’ll be trained how to trap your protagonist in a bad choice to create riveting dramatic action; how to develop dynamic, complex, flawed characters that feel familiar; how to put your finger on the theme that’s emerging through the complete action of your story rather than the one you insist it must be; how to jumpstart a story, utilize all its native elements, and amplify its strengths; how to use the power of logic to fuse all the elements of your story into one main action; how to dramatize every part of your story so none of it is flat dramatically; how to make the audience the central focus of all your work; and how to work from the general to the specific as you construct your plot and flesh out its details, keeping only that which is necessary to propel the story forward. This is a complex array of skills that take substantial training to master, and there is no short cut to this.
Most writing teachers tell you what to do, Jeff shows you how to do it, step by step, beginning with:
THE SEVEN TOOLS
Dilemma: Trapping your protagonist between two equally unacceptable alternatives adds considerable dramatic power to your story. Building the Dilemma to a Crisis forces Decision and Action which leads to the Resolution.
The Enneagram: A mix of ancient wisdom about human nature and cutting-edge psychology, this personality profiling system takes you deep into your character’s behavior patterns, tendencies, passions, motivations, and flaws, helping create complex, dimensional characters that ring true.
Theme: The way in which the protagonist resolves the Dilemma expresses the Theme that’s arising organically from the story. Knowing the Theme binds the complete action of the story into a coherent concept.
The 36 Dramatic Situations: A free-association brainstorming tool that utilizes basic story elements like Madness, Disaster, Ambition, and Revolt to isolate your story’s building blocks, and to explode it into unexpected dimensions. Use it to destroy writer’s block, violate cliché, and create fresh ideas.
Research and Brainstorming: Good research can provide realism, unlock story possibilities, and catapult you into unexpected realms that lift your story to another level. Brainstorming is a fun chaotic creative explosion that allows you to explore the far reaches of your story idea.
The Central Proposition: Use the power of logic to bring order to the creative chaos of story creation and pull all the parts of your story together into a coherent whole. It crystallizes the nucleus of your plot so you can transition from story creation to plot construction.
Sequence, Proposition, Plot: This revolutionary plot construction and story development tool is unrivaled for building your story’s framework, then creating and dramatizing the structure of each act, each sequence, and each scene, gradually layering in details as they become necessary.
Tools & Fundamentals
Acquire serious know-how in seven powerful tools by working with Jeff in every aspect of building a complete original script from scratch. Working 2-3 hours a day in a video course with some live sessions, you create, develop, and construct the entire story with Jeff, and then you write the actual script from the outline. A stand-alone course for writers of all levels. Join at any time.
2-3 HOURS OF
WORK PER DAY
Techniques & Principles
This is the heart of the program – an apprenticeship that rigorously trains you in plot construction and dramatic principles. The nucleus of this course is that we continuously work on multiple scripts that are in varying stages of development. Moving from project to project, we apply all our tools and skills to make each one work, building your writing muscle and training you how to think and execute like a dramatist.
2-3 HOURS OF
WORK PER DAY
Solo Script Project
To graduate the program, you select a raw premise from the group’s collection of story ideas and then develop, construct, and write a script on your own, in an open workshop format with professional feedback, demonstrating your mastery of every step to Jeff and the group.
2-3 HOURS OF
WORK PER DAY
You will be required to purchase the following books upon enrollment ($29.97 combined):
- Writing a Great Movie: Key Tools for Successful Screenwriting
- Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
- The Wisdom of the Enneagram
“From within the swarm of gimmicky screenwriting seminars and trendy new how-to’s, it is Jeff Kitchen’s approach, relying heavily on the classic principles of dramatic structure and logic, that emerges as truly innovative. His technique is the answer for anyone seeking practical tools with which to diagnose script problems, generate effective solutions, or transform story ideas into compelling drama.”
Erin Quigley – Producer/Development Executive 23 Red Productions
EXCLUSIVE OFFERS FOR A LIMITED TIME:
COURSE 1 ONLY*
LIMITED TIME OFFER
PAID IN FULL
3 Month Curriculum
Live Work Sessions with Jeff
Live Ask Me Anything Sessions with Jeff
30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
*$297 Paid in Full upon enrollment plus a one-time required materials fee of $29.97 to purchase the three required books for the course.
†You must contact script.kitchen by email within the first 30 days of your enrollment to be eligible for a full refund.
Please contact us if, for any reason, you need to pause or cancel your enrollment in the program.
††One-time fee of $29.97 for Kindle versions of the three books required for the program purchased separately after enrollment.