Welcome to Class 12, Breaking Story: Unit 4, Part 4
I’m writing this one on an iPhone while sitting on an Amtrak train from DC to Baltimore, so bear with me. This week I’m teaching a Master Class at Howard University. Last week I did a panel at USC, and we’ll be posting the link to that podcast soon. Over the past year I’ve given workshops, panels and lectures at Syracuse University, USC, UCLA, NYU, Boston U, The Screenwriters Network, Digital Media, The Screenwriters World Conference and The Animation Expo among others. Each event brings us one step closer to eradicating bad screenwriting by bringing more and more people to this website.
If you’re new to the site, click Class 1 to start at Step 1 and catch up. If you’re a vet, you know that in our last class, we broke our INC/INC in a way that was so mindblowingly easy that you’re probably still scraping your brains off the walls. Today we’re going to attack the dreaded first page. And, in subsequent classes, we’ll build a bridge between the two and create an exciting opening 15 pages that will slingshot your reader through the rest of your screenplay.