This online workshop gives you the focused 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 every step of the way as you take your idea through each stage of development.

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

In 5 lessons designed to efficiently move you through the process, 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.

Enroll now and get ready to write your best screenplay yet.

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“The workshop content and the laidback style are unintimidating and accessible. But every single handout is now starred in my folders as a 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 figured out structure!”
— Idea to Outline workshop participant

>> Download a PDF list of the course videos and action steps here. <<

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

Lesson 1: The foundation of your screenplay

In this lesson you’ll get clear on the essential building blocks of your story, creating a sturdy foundation to build your entire screenplay on. You’ll also create the first iteration of your story with a logline.

Lesson 2: Main character & meaning

You’ll go in-depth on the main character and create the key relationships through supporting characters, looking at each for both form and function. You’ll learn characterization tools that will help define characters and dialogue. You’ll also learn a few different (and non-threatening) ways to approach theme.

Lesson 3: Structure and story testing

You’ll begin to shape your story’s three acts and create strong structure with the Major Plot Points. And then you’ll test the story to make sure the foundation is solid and important connections are in place for a fully cohesive screenplay.

Lesson 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.

Lesson 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.


Each lesson has 4-7 videos, supplemental and reference materials, and specific action steps.


Here’s what happens next:

When you complete your purchase, the first lesson’s videos and resources are available to you immediately in the course dashboard. A new lesson is released each week following, or you may choose to have all lessons released to you at once. Whichever you choose, the lessons will guide you step by step to a finished outline. Watch the lesson videos and complete the action steps on your own schedule.

Let’s get that screenplay idea out of your head
and get YOU 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.

In Idea to Outline, we’re not beholden to one paradigm or method. You’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.


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.


“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.”
Idea to Outline workshop participant and private consult client

“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.”
Idea to Outline workshop participant

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