Rewrite Techniques (Live Zoom Class)


DATES:  Saturdays, June 8 – June 29

TIME: 10AM-12PM Pacific Time

Additional one-hour Q&A, Sundays at 11AM Pacific Time

Four-Part Zoom Class

Attend from anywhere!  Writing coach Pilar Alessandra and career coach Lee Jessup will take you through this four-part class live and in real time through Zoom. Have to miss one? You’ll receive the video as well.

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 four-part, interactive, zoom class, lectures, film examples and in-class writing tools show you what your script needs and help you to fix it on the spot!

You’ll “script doctor” in class, hone pages, deepen your characters and breathe new life into dialogue.

Then, you’ll learn the ins and outs of obtaining representation, selling your scripts and getting work in the film and TV industry.

At the end of the class, you’ll leave with a script that’s restructured, reworked and ready for the industry. Plus you’ll have a career strategy for moving forward.

To be covered …


The Story / Concept Rewrite

Writers often fail to exploit their own good ideas.  We’ll do a “concept” pass by making sure premise weaves into every beat.

The Activity Rewrite

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


The Character Rewrite

Great characters reveal who they are through action and behavior. We mine flaws, skills and personal agenda to deepen and develop your ensemble.

The Dialogue Rewrite

Choosing a verbal strategy for your characters helps you find clever lines and memorable moments of on-screen patter.  No more overwriting and small talk!


The Tone / Format Rewrite

Word choice, line spacing, powerful scene direction and well-crafted pages create the desired tone and mood for your script. The goal is to create a page turner!

The Cleanup

Ready to submit? 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 writing paces, focusing on the details that can make or break a read!


The Business

Now, you’re ready to submit. That’s why career coach Lee Jessup talks to you about script submission, acquiring representation and the realities of sales and staffing.

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

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