My Script Coach

This course provides your own personal trainer for the next steps after you complete your script. The first three online lectures cover topics such as marketability and courting your target audience; the fourth session includes a discussion with your coach in person, by phone, or by video. It's best suited for screenwriters with completed or almost-completed scripts.

At a glance

What: My Script Coach

When: Start anytime, complete within 1 year

Where: Online

Cost: $150

Continuing education credit: 10 hours (1.0 CEU)

Instructor: Laurie Scheer

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For additional information, contact Laurie Scheer: 608-265-3972

So you have written your script. Lots of blood, sweat, and tears went into the journey of completing your screenplay. Now what?

Are you going to let it sit on the shelf for only your grandchildren to read or are you going to get it out into the buyers’ arena for it to be developed, sold, and produced?

The staff here at UW Madison Continuing Studies Writing programs hopes our grandchildren will one day enjoy your script along with the rest of the world that has viewed the filmed production of it!

What this course covers

The first three lectures will cover topics such as marketability, target audience, creation of loglines, synopsis and selling materials, branding yourself alongside your script, and up-to-date resources for you to follow to educate yourself as you become part of this world.

The final fourth lecture is an in-person, by phone, or via video chat (Skype, iChat or FaceTime) with your coach as you practice your pitches one-on-one.

Your script coach will

  • break down the myths of selling to “Hollywood” and the entertainment industry.
  • give you solid marketing feedback regarding your script’s genre.
  • guide you to the right producers, production companies, financiers, casting agents, and agents.
  • be there for you as you take those steps to get your work out into the world.

How this course works

You can start this writing course anytime, and there are no required hours to participate. It's all done with one-on-one correspondence with the instructor using email. We have writers from around the world participating in our workshops, and we have success stories. A lot of great writing gets accomplished via email. Because of the one-on-one nature of our workshops, you'll find them an excellent "coaching" or mentoring situation that will keep you going. And if you want to just work on your own – hey, that's fine too. Of course you can do the suggested exercises on your own without the feedback if you'd rather do that. We're also here throughout the year if you have questions.

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There’s no need to be afraid

Know that there are development executives, producers, networks, and studios that want your script – it is up to you to let them know who you are. Taking advantage of the pearls of wisdom you’ll learn within this course, My Script Coach arms you with research and inspiration and ways to make educated decisions regarding the next steps for your script.