On The Page Writing Classes

On The Page Writing Classes - Script Writing

On the Page Writing Classes – Current & Ongoing

Whether or not you are looking for classes on the screenwriting business, writing your first draft, revising or pitching your script, Pilar has a class for you. You can take On The Page writing classes in person or listen to recorded sessions at your convenience.

10 Page Edit

Price: $90.00

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Camp On The Page

8 Week Class

Sundays starting July 8 through August 26.
10 am to 1pm.

Per class price of $65.00

Price: $400.00

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Camp On The Page: 7 Week Series

CAMP ON THE PAGE (For Grownup Writers):  7 Week Session 

Why should kids have all the fun?
This summer, On the Page offers seven weeks of guest instructors and new topics.
We'll explore a different scripted genre or medium each week:

  • The Pitch
  • Short Film
  • 1/2 hour TV Writing
  • Improv for Writers
  • Reality and Documentary
  • The Business
  • Comedy Writing

Sign up for the full 7 weeks at $350.00 and get each class for only $50 each.
Or, pay per class at $65.00.

And, yes, there will be T-shirts!

INDIVIDUAL WORKSHOPS

Week 1:  "The Pitch"
Instructor:  Pilar Alessandra
Learn how to pitch your project ... and pitch yourself.
Sunday, July 15 1:00 - 4:00
Price:  $65.00

Week 2:  "Writing the Short Film"
Instructor:  Nichol Simmons
Learn how to brainstorm and structure your own short film script.
Sunday, July 22  1:00 - 4:00

Week 3:  "1/2 Hour TV Writing -- Creating and Selling"
Instructors:  Laura House / Chad Gervich
Laura House helps you draw from real life to find your half-hour pilot or sitcom spec.
Chad Gervich discusses the business of being a TV writer.
Sunday, July 29  1:00 - 4:00

Week 4:  "Improv for Writers and Story Brainstorming"
Instructor:  Jennifer and David Skelly
Learn how to find story and brainstorm scenes through improv techniques.
Sunday, August 5  1:00 - 4:00

Week 5:  "Reality and Documentary"
Instructor:  Kai Bowe
Learn how to be a staff writer for reality TV shows, as well as the most effective techniques for writing and producing today's documentary films.
Sunday, August 12  1:00 - 4:00

Week 6:  "The Business of Film and TV"
Instructors:  Carole Kirschner / Doug Chamberlin
Advice on navigating Hollywood, making connections, and marketing yourself for film and tv.
Sunday, August 19  1:00 - 4:00

Week 7:  "Comedy with Steve Kaplan"
Instructors:  Steve Kaplan
Dig into the rules and structure of comedy writing.
Sunday, August 26 1:00 - 4:00

Price: $350.00

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Camp On The Page: Individual Workshops

INDIVIDUAL WORKSHOPS:

Week 1:  "The Pitch"
Instructor:  Pilar Alessandra
Learn how to pitch your project ... and pitch yourself.
Sunday, July 15 1:00 - 4:00
Price:  $65.00

Week 2:  "Writing the Short Film"
Instructor:  Nichol Simmons
Learn how to brainstorm and structure your own short film script.
Sunday, July 22  1:00 - 4:00
Price:  $65.00

Week 3:  "1/2 Hour TV Writing -- Creating and Selling"
Instructors:  Laura House / Chad Gervich
Laura House helps you draw from real life to find your half-hour pilot or sitcom spec.
Chad Gervich discusses the business of being a TV writer.
Sunday, July 29  1:00 - 4:00
Price:  $65.00

Week 4:  "Improv for Writers and Story Brainstorming"
Instructor:  Jennifer and David Skelly
Learn how to find story and brainstorm scenes through improv techniques.
Sunday, August 5  1:00 - 4:00
Price:  $65.00

Week 5:  "Reality and Documentary"
Instructor:  Kai Bowe
Learn how to be a staff writer for reality TV shows, as well as the most effective techniques for writing and producing today's documentary films.
Sunday, August 12  1:00 - 4:00
Price:  $65.00

Week 6:  "The Business of Film and TV"
Instructors:  Carole Kirschner / Doug Chamberlin
Advice on navigating Hollywood, making connections, and marketing yourself for film and tv.
Sunday, August 19  1:00 - 4:00
Price:  $65.00

Week 7:  "Comedy with Steve Kaplan"
Instructors:  Steve Kaplan
Dig into the rules and structure of comedy writing.
Sunday, August 26 1:00 - 4:00
Price:  $65.00

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Price: $65.00

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Cracking Your Screenwriting Career – Recorded

A class for screenwriters and tv writers covering all things business.

Your instructors, Lee Jessup and Pilar Alessandra, will show you how to …

Brand yourself effectively

Prepare materials that will impress the industry

Attract representation

Pitch your script and yourself

Launch your screenwriting career

PART 1:  THE BUSINESS

The class starts with a dip into the business end of a screenwriter’s career, guided by screenwriting career coach LEE JESSUP. Capitalizing on years of industry experience, Lee outlines the current state of the ever-changing industry, then quickly dives into brand, representation, creating opportunities, gaining important industry knowledge and garnering meaningful attention for you and your work.

This session will not only inform you how to best position yourself for success, but also provide you with the critical information needed to effectively build your screenwriting career with focus and confidence.

PART 2:  THE PITCH

Expanding upon Lee's business and branding guidance, screenwriting teacher PILAR ALESSANDRA guides you through a pitch of your project and of yourself .

Her easy fill-in-the-blank template covers  the all-important PERSONAL PITCH, takes you through THE PLOT PITCH, helps you with THE AGENT/MANAGER PITCH and shows you how to sell your idea and obtain work ... all while making the process fun and easy.

Once you have paid for the class, an e-mail will be sent to you with instructions as to how to download the videos.

Price: $75.00

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Feature Consultation In-Person

Price: $400.00

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Feature Consultation via Phone or Skype

Price: $375.00

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FIVE CLASS PACKAGE — RECORDED

The next best thing to being there!

These one-hour classes were recorded, live, on five Saturdays summer of 2013.   They are taught by Pilar Alessandra and cover …

BREAKING STORY

SCENE WORK

CHARACTER

DIALOGUE

PAGE WORK

I'll be sending them to you at once, for you to view and learn from.

With each class, I'll also be sending you an additional e-mail with handouts that you should use to follow along.

NOTE:  Once you have paid for the class, an e-mail will be sent to you with instructions as to how to download the videos.  

Price: $150.00

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Rewrite Techniques: Weekend Class

Saturday, November 14 &  Sunday, November 15 (10:00AM - 4:00 PM)

In-person class
On the Page Studio
12412 Ventura Blvd. #3
Studio City, CA 91604

THE REWRITE

You know your film or TV script has to be rewritten.

You know it has to be original, active, polished and poignant before it goes into industry hands.

But, where do you start?

In this in-person class, lectures, film examples and in-class writing tools show you what your script needs and helps you to fix it on the spot!

You'll "script doctor" in class, hone pages, deepen your characters and breathe new life into dialogue. At the end of the weekend, you'll leave with a script that's restructured, reworked and ready for the industry.

THE REWRITE 2-DAY SCHEDULE

Instructor:  Pilar Alessandra

DAY ONE

Rewrite 1:      The Story / Concept Pass

Writers often fail to exploit their own good ideas.  We’ll do a “concept” pass by making sure premise is weaved into every beat. A beat-sheet rewrite will also be provided to help you think differently about your story in terms of activity, complication and structure.

Rewrite 2:      The Activity Pass

Your script might be perfectly structured …but also perfectly boring. Here we reach into genre, character flaw, internal and external obstacles to create new and original activity.

Rewrite 3:      The Character Pass

Every character has his or her own flaws and skills. That character also has an individual story to tell. We use that story to discover the character agenda and strategy for every scene.

DAY TWO

Rewrite 4:      The Dialogue Pass

In this class we apply character agenda and strategy to our dialogue-driven scenes, enlivening  them in the process. Editing tools and techniques help you find clever lines and memorable moments of on-screen patter.

Rewrite 5:      The Tone / Format Pass

And now we dig into the words. Word choice, line spacing, powerful scene direction and well-crafted pages create the desired tone and mood for your script. Set the right mood and you’ll get the reader response you’ve hoped for.

Rewrite 6:      The Cleanup

Ready to submit your script? Not so fast!  From the biggest idea to the smallest scene, your script needs to be airtight and entertaining. We take the script through its final paces, focusing on the details that can make or break a read!

“Rewrite Techniques" is open to feature film and TV writers.

A completed first draft is not required to take this class. This is an advanced screenwriting class that will help you at any stage in your process.

Price: $250.00

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RUSH Feature Consultation

Price: $500.00

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Short Film Consultation

Price: $200.00

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Story/Pitch Consultation In-Person

Price: $200.00

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Story/Pitch Consultation via Skype

Price: $150.00

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Television Half Hour Script Consultation

Price: $325.00

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Television One Hour Script Consultation

Price: $350.00

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The Coffee Break Screenwriter

A One-Night Screenwriting Class For the Busy Person


Got a movie or TV idea?  Want to write, but think you're too busy?  Think again.

This three-hour intensive helps busy writers brainstorm, outline and craft their movie or tv scripts through 10-minute writing tools that make the most of those precious moments of stolen writing time. Get ready to work.  This class will help you get your story "On the Page."

Fee: $100

CHICAGO CLASS IS SOLD OUT ...
NEW YORK CITY CLASS IS SOLD OUT ...

Thanks to all who signed up.  If you missed the class, keep checking this website for a return date.

When you register for class, please indicate the correct city.

(Want this class to come to your town?  Send an e-mail to:  inquire@onthepage.tv)

Price: $100.00

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The Coffee Break Screenwriter

The Coffee Break Screewriter Book by Pilar AlessandraYou DO have time to write your screenplay!

Write a screenplay without quitting your job or leaving your family. Packed with more than sixty ten-minute writing tools, The Coffee Break Screenwriter keeps it focused and simple. Writers — from novice to professional — benefit at every stage of the writing process with a relaxed, “ten minutes at a time” method.

“Ten-Minute Lectures” and “Take Ten” writing templates distill and demystify old-school theory, helping writers unblock, outline, finish pages, and move forward. Plus, advice from twenty working writers on how to use time more efficiently.

Purchase “The Coffee Break Screenwriter” from this site and you’ll receive a copy signed by the author and an additional CD of the key templates and worksheets within the book (includes outlining, scene-writing and pitching).

Click here to SEE THE BOOK TRAILER


"Open this book to any page right now and read one of the lessons... If you tell me you didn’t have at least a minor epiphany about how to make your script better, you’re lying.”

Carl Ellsworth, writer – Red Eye, Disturbia, Red Dawn (2010)


"This is the book I needed when I first moved out to Hollywood — a nuts and bolts approach to screenwriting and the world around it. It will take you from talking about writing a screenplay to actually doing it."

Garrett Donovan, writer/executive producer – Community, Scrubs


"As close as you can get to taking a screenwriting class. For busy people juggling career and a home life and putting off writing a script — you have no more excuses. This is the help you’ve been waiting for!"

Andrea McCall, Head of Story, DreamWorks SKG


Shipping for US $5.00 and for international $15.00. Will be calculated at checkout.

Price: $24.99

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The DVD

"On the Page: the DVD" is a compilation of all of the tools found in the first draft and rewrite classes.

Click here to SEE THE DVD TRAILER

Price includes $3.50 shipping and handling.

Price: $32.45

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The Pitch

A one-day class that helps you create a solid pitch, brand yourself and work the room!

Sunday, August 23 (10:00AM - 4:00PM)

In-person class
On the Page Studio
12412 Ventura Blvd. #3
Studio City, CA 91604

Instructors: Pilar Alessandra and Corey Mandell.

PART 1: Pilar Alessandra walks you through the nuts and bolts of a story pitch and personal pitch.

Using a pitch template as a guide, she helps writers and producers ...

  • Nail a log line
  • Stay on story
  • Convey the hook
  • Give a sense of personal brand
  • Anticipate producers’ questions

PART 2: Corey Mandell covers the logistics and realities of being “in the room.”

He addresses issues and questions such as …

  • How do you get in the room?
  • How do you break the ice?
  • Why small talk is as important as the actual pitch.
  • What elements of the elevator pitch should you expand and how?
  • The difference between selling and persuading.
  • What to do if you're terrified of public speaking.
  • The "front-to-back ratio."
  • The most common pitching mistakes you don't know you're making.

Corey Mandell is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who broke into the business by selling a pitch to Ridley Scott. He has written projects for Wolfgang Petersen, Harrison Ford, John Travolta, Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, Warner Brothers, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Family, Working Title, Paramount, Live Planet, Beacon Films, Touchstone, Trilogy, Radiant, Kopelson Entertainment and Walt Disney Pictures.

Pilar Alessandra is the director of the writing program On the Page®, host of the popular On the Page Podcast and author of "The Coffee Break Screenwriter." She started her career as Senior Story Analyst at DreamWorks SKG and, in 2001, opened the On the Page Writers' Studio in Los Angeles. Her students and clients have written for The Walking Dead, House of Lies, Lost, Nip/Tuck, and Family Guy.  They have sold features and pitches to Warner Bros., Disney, DreamWorks, and Sony Studios.  They've also won the Nicholl Fellowship, The Warner Brothers Fellowship and the Austin Screenwriting Competition.

Price: $175.00

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TV PILOT AND NEW SERIES WORKSHOP

Saturday, September 26 (10:00AM - 4:00PM)
(one hour break for lunch)

In-person class
On the Page Studio
12412 Ventura Blvd.  #3
Studio City, CA 91604

Break story on your half-hour or one-hour pilot  and make decisions about your new series in this intensive from Pilar Alessandra.

In this class you will:

Identify the tone and scope of your series.

Break story on your original pilot.

Make decisions about structure.

Define your characters and prospective relationships.

Explore episode and arc potential.

A completed first draft is not required to take this class.

Price: $175.00

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Writing Group (Invitation Only)

Price: $220.00

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Writing the First Draft

September 13 - October 18 (Sundays 1:00 - 4:00)

In-person class
On the Page Studio
12412 Ventura Blvd. #3
Studio City, CA 91604

Brainstorming the story you want to tell.
Outlining without writing a novel.
Getting your story out of your head and on the page quickly, efficiently, and creatively.

That's what we do in this class.

And, we do it in 6 weeks.

  • Week 1: Idea Brainstorming
  • Week 2: Story Outlining
  • Week 3: Scene Crafting
  • Week 4: Page Formatting
  • Week 5: Dialogue Writing
  • Week 6: Script Revising

Price: $375.00

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Writing Group (Invitation Only)

Price: $220.00

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