What is Finish Your Screenplay?

It’s part screenwriting seminar, part accountability system, and part group coaching — all the tools you need to go from story idea to completed screenplay.

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If you have a movie idea you’ve been struggling to write or make time for, this summer’s live round of FYS is for you:

        • Short time commitment. (Because I know summer can be a busy time!)
        • A step-by-step road map for your screenplay. (To help you focus on what’s important so you can make progress quickly.)
        • Flexible ways to get the most out of the workshop. (So you can customize the experience to your screenplay, goals, and situation.)
        • Live writers’ group energy. (To keep you inspired and motivated!)
        • And lifetime access to the material. (Plus some bonuses I’ll be adding later.)

Enroll in the summer session


How does it work?

During each of our 4 class sessions together, we’ll deep dive into one quarter of your screenplay. (Act 1, Act 2A, Act 2B, Act 3… you get the idea.)

I’ll break down each quarter of script into two separate sequences, and give you a roadmap and prompts for writing each one. (A system of bite-sized pieces makes tackling a whole screenplay much less intimidating and way more manageable.)

You’ll choose the path that works best for you:
+ Take what we discuss each week and outline that part of your screenplay, scene by scene, confident in what each scene needs to do.
+ Or… Take what we discuss each week and write that section of your screenplay (about 25 pages total).

Just think how much you’ll have accomplished by the end of our time together!

You’ll have your entire story on the page, mapped out from beginning to end, and (if you choose) a completed first draft. And you’ll have the momentum (and clarity) to keep making progress after class is over.


The sequence framework that the course lays out is concrete and easy to grasp. As an educator, I am picky about my teachers and Naomi knows how to deliver the information a screenwriter needs without feeling lost or overwhelmed. She brings to the table a wealth of experience and delivers it in a down to earth, accessible way.”

– Renee G.
FYS participant


Join me for 4 weeks* and I’ll provide
step-by-step guidance and accountability
so you can finish with a completed screenplay outline, scriptment, or draft.

I'm ready!


What’s included

Weekly Roadmap Sessions: 4 group seminar sessions will provide you with detailed roadmaps, examples, and writing prompts for the section of screenplay you’ll work through in the upcoming week.

Group Coaching and Accountability Deadlines: You’ll have opportunities to ask questions about the course content and your specific project in our live sessions. A recording will be provided each week in case you have to miss a class or just want to review what we covered. During each session you’ll also have the option to share a progress update for some gentle accountability.


“Naomi is an excellent writing coach. She offers great feedback and suggestions, and presents and demystifies screenplay structure in a way that makes you believe “you got this” even if you’ve tried before and failed. Having a page count to accomplish every week is motivating, and if you follow Naomi’s step-by step approach, you’ll have written a screenplay you will be very proud of!”

– Grant S.
FYS participant


The program schedule

check yes2 Sundays: June 23 and 30, 2024
WEEKLY ROADMAP SESSIONS
Each of these two Sundays we’ll meet via Zoom to go over the next two story sequences, which you’ll be working through in your own screenplay during the upcoming week. We’ll cover how to service the story’s conflicts and stakes, what the script should aim to accomplish for both plot and character development, and how to create effective plot turning points and achieve solid screenplay structure.

I’ll provide in-depth examples of each sequence from existing movies and screenplays, and you’ll have time to ask specific questions about your project, if you’d like.

After each session, you’ll have inspiration and ideas for what to write next, and a set of guidelines to make sure you’re on the right track as you write pages.

Time: all Weekly Roadmap Sessions will meet from 9:00am – 11:30am Pacific / 12:00pm – 2:30pm Eastern
We’ll meet on Zoom, and there will be a recording available if you can’t make it to the live session.

1 Sunday: July 7, 2024
Midpoint Break! No meeting, just a little extra time to catch up if you need it.

By this week we’ll have reached the Midpoint turn in your screenplay! Over the next two sessions, we’ll cover the second half…

check yes2 Sundays: July 14 and 21, 2024
WEEKLY ROADMAP SESSIONS – CONTINUED
These sessions continue on where we left off before the Midpoint Break. Each week we’ll talk about the two sequences you’ll be working through during the upcoming week and answer any questions to help you move forward.

Sound impossible? It’s an ambitious pace to be sure, but we’re doing it that way for a couple of reasons…

      1. To give you enough of the big picture to stay oriented in your story, while also working at a granular level each week so you can really flesh out your screenplay.
      2. To keep you from overthinking or procrastinating! You’ll be amazed at how much progress you can make if you let go of perfectionism and start building, which is exactly what the roadmap sessions are designed to help you do.

As we break down the story into 8 individual sequences, you’ll only need to focus on one manageable step at a time. You’ll have a plan to follow, tools to lean on, and examples to reference to make sure you always know what to write next.

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That’s the simple plan to get it done: show up, learn what happens next, then write your pages!

And, if you want a little extra help setting yourself up for success…

OPTIONAL BONUS SESSION

check yesSunday, June 9, 2024 – 9:00am Pacific / 12:00pm Eastern
FYS OPEN HOUSE
Not sure which screenplay to write next? Not sure what you need to know about your story before starting the FYS class sessions? Wondering if FYS is right for you? Come to this live open house to get all your questions answered! Open to all writers, whether you are already enrolled in FYS or still thinking about it.

(When you enroll in FYS you’ll automatically be sent the event invite and links. If you’d like to attend before signing up for FYS, email me and I’ll add you to the RSVP list!)


“I’ve developed ideas based on true life stories, written treatments and outlines, and taken various courses on screenwriting – but I had never tackled actually writing a screenplay from inception to final draft. To be honest, it seemed overwhelming.

What I love about Naomi is her ability to share the rules, encourage your process, and keep you on course, all without any judgment. She helps you figure out the best way to tell the story. Not how to do it her way, but your way. Breaking it down into weekly, digestible segments was the key that changed everything for me. I would highly recommend this class.”

– Shannon A.
FYS participant


Ready to finally finish your screenplay?

To recap, that’s…

      • 4 weekly sessions of roadmaps and pep talks to guide you through writing your screenplay in manageable increments.
      • Gentle accountability and the energy of a live writers’ group to motivate you to keep writing.
      • A new screenplay by the end of summer!

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Answers to your questions

Do I need to know anything about screenwriting to take this workshop?

You don’t need to have studied screenwriting or written a screenplay to join. But you’ll be best prepared for our roadmap sessions if you understand the story foundation elements (main character, story goal, stakes, and conflict). If you want to brush up, I have a free book on Amazon or Apple Books that covers it.

What kind of projects can I work on in this workshop?

Any genre, any budget level, but we will focus exclusively on feature-length screenplays.

Where do we meet?

We will meet online via Zoom (which you’re probably very familiar with by now but if not, it’s easy to download and use).

What if I have no screenplay ideas, or several screenplay ideas – can I take this workshop?

If you have a couple ideas to choose from, you’re welcome to bring them to the open house session and I’ll help you think through which one might work best. Or, sign up for FYS and use the first week’s lecture and exercises to figure out which idea you want to write next. (Seeing what you actually know about each one as you start to work through the stories can be very clarifying.)

If you want to come up with a new screenplay idea to write in the FYS workshop, you could use these exercises to come up with one (or several) before our first session!

Or, if you have a desire to write a screenplay someday but right now you just want to learn everything you can about screenwriting, the Finish Your Screenplay lectures will give you a thorough understanding of exactly what goes into each section of a screenplay — no writing required.

Still have questions? Email me and let’s chat!


Who’s your host?

Hi, I’m Naomi. Screenwriting teacher, screenplay consultant, and former development exec with 10+ years in the entertainment industry.

Every day, I show screenwriters how to get unstuck so they can get to FADE OUT and get an edge over the competition, with straightforward feedback and practical advice at key steps of the writing process.

Whether you’re looking for the confidence to start writing your first screenplay, or you’re putting final polishes on your tenth draft, I can help.

With the projects they’ve brought to me for consultation, my clients have placed in prestigious screenwriting contests, pitched to every major studio, and have optioned feature screenplays and TV pilots to producers.

I’ve read thousands of scripts and worked with hundreds of writers, and I can’t wait to help you write your best screenplay yet.


Enroll now and make this the summer you finish your screenplay

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