This hands-on workshop gives you the step-by-step approach, professional guidance, and community support to prepare you to write your best screenplay yet.

You have a movie-worthy story. You just need an organized method for getting it on the page.

In Idea to Outline you’ll learn a process that’s flexible enough that you can use it for every screenplay you write, yet designed to specifically address the issues readers commonly find in aspiring screenwriters’ screenplays.

…And we’ll do all of this before you write the first page.

You’ll have professional guidance and community support every step of the way as you take your idea through each stage of development.

When we’re done you’ll have more than an outline — you’ll have a rock-solid foundation for your screenplay.

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In as little as 5 weeks you’ll craft an outline that does all the heavy lifting. You’ll be confident — and excited — to get to the computer and start writing. And you’ll be prepared to quickly complete the strongest first draft you’ve ever written.

Plus an optional one-on-one “prep” call to help you hit the ground running,
weekly private story sessions (when you choose the workshop + coaching package),
and a community of writers all pursuing the same goal and cheering you on.


Wait… What’s this about a completion bonus?

After working one-on-one with screenwriters for the past 10 years, I know the value of personalized, private sessions to review and talk through your project. So in addition to the 5 weeks of guided development…

If you finish your outline by our group deadline, you will unlock
a one-on-one private consultation that I normally charge $150 for.

We’ll review your completed outline, brainstorm and address any questions on the spot, and make sure you’re in the best position to begin writing your screenplay.

Ready? The workshop begins January 22nd.

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2018 Idea to Outline student“The workshop content (slides/handouts/etc) and the laidback style are unintimidating and accessible. But every single document used is starred in my folders as my go-to resource – they are so good!

AND — Great news! Just talked to my manager about the outline…
SHE LOVED IT! Completely raved about it. ‘Outstanding work. This is solid. Everything is in its place. So much room for comedy and set pieces. Get started!’

I’ll be sure to tell her all about your magical workshop when she asks how I suddenly figured out structure!”
— Fall 2018 Idea to Outline workshop participant

Here’s how we’ll build your screenplay outline:

Week 1: Foundation elements, logline, and major plot points

You’ll get clear on the essential building blocks of your story, create the first iterations, and start to identify the major turning points.

Week 2: Main character arc, the emotional core, and theme

You’ll go in-depth on the main character, and create the story’s emotional core through the four elements that interact to create meaning for the audience. You’ll also learn a few different (and non-threatening) ways to approach theme.

Week 3: Supporting characters, key relationships, and story testing

You’ll fill out your cast of characters and the key relationships in the screenplay, looking at each for both form and function. You’ll learn characterization tools that will help define characters and dialogue. And you’ll test the story to make sure the foundation is solid and important connections are in place for a fully cohesive screenplay.

Week 4: Springboards and sequences

You’ll take the big-picture story shape you’ve already established and fill in the gaps using a method that will make sure your script doesn’t lag, drag, or lose focus.

Week 5: The complete scene list and full outline

You’ll explore several different ways to finish out development before writing the first draft – with examples of each so you know what to aim for on the page.

Week 6 + beyond: Ongoing support as you complete your outline

After our 5-week workshop, as you focus on finishing your outline, I’ll be available daily to answer questions in our private forum. Participation is totally optional, but support is there if you need it.

Completion Bonus:

A bonus one-on-one outline consultation is yours when you submit your completed outline by our deadline. This offer is meant to provide you with additional motivation and accountability, and to capitalize on the momentum you’ve built in the workshop. I can’t wait to discuss what you’ve accomplished and get you ready to dive into writing your screenplay draft.

Download the course syllabus here.


Workshop or workshop + coaching: which is right for you?

The 5-week workshop includes the step-by-step approach, professional guidance, and community support to take your screenplay idea through a robust development process and give you a rock-solid, ready-to-dive-into-pages outline.

It really works. (Check out the student testimonials from our last workshop.)

The additional coaching option is designed to provide hands-on help, accountability, and individualized attention every step of the way. If you find it challenging to make time to write, or if you want to work side-by-side with me through the process, a private coaching session will guarantee your progress each week.

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Join us and get ready to write your best screenplay yet.

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Why Idea to Outline?

There are other classes and workshops. There are books and videos and blogs. Screenwriting theories and gurus too many to count.

If you’ve seen them all and want to actually apply theory to moving your project forward in a real way, this is for you.

This workshop is different. We’re not beholden to one paradigm or method. We’ll address the unique needs of your story as you learn a practical, real-world process informed by my experience reading thousands of scripts and working with hundreds of writers.

A process you can adapt to your personal preferences and apply to every screenplay you write in the future.

  • Coaches and consultants who guide you privately through the process can cost over $2000.
  • My own services would total $1500 to work through the entire process via private coaching.
  • In this workshop you’ll get the information, expertise, and guidance in a small, supportive group setting, and all for $349*.
    (*Or $649 if you choose the coaching package, with private weekly meetings and my hands-on help to complete each screenplay development step.)

Sign up now and get ready to write your screenplay.
You’ll receive all the details to help you get the most out of the workshop,
a Welcome “pre-writing” exercise, and an option to schedule a one-on-one session that will prepare you to hit the ground running.

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Who’s your host for Idea to Outline?

Hi, I’m Naomi. I’m a professional screenplay reader and on-call development partner to screenwriters, producers, and directors at all levels – from those just starting out, to those firmly established and working in the industry today.

Everyday, 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 screenplay development process.

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.


2018 Idea to Outline student“Naomi was able to help guide me to see the bigger picture of structure and character arc, which led to being able to generate new story ideas and plot points instead of rehashing old ideas. After meeting for an hour, we were able to focus and enhance what I had, creating a new 2nd and 3rd Act. And more importantly, finding new meaning in the story.”
Fall 2018 Idea to Outline workshop participant and private consult client

2018 Idea to Outline student“I really loved the course. Your knowledge of the subject, your humour and approach made it sooo engaging. I loved the way the course was organised and your constant willingness to answer questions and explain topics in detail. I was able to find one idea I could focus on and start developing the outline for it — once I started thinking about the story and characters, the project became a reality. Knowing that there was a possible consultation with you at the end of the course was a big motivator to send the outline in.”
Fall 2018 Idea to Outline workshop participant

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