• Term: Fall 2022
  • Start Date: October 9, 2022
  • End Date: October 9, 2022
  • Day of Week: Sunday
  • Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm PT
  • Level: Open to all levels
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $150.00
  • Member Price: $135.00

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Thrilling Stories

This one-day workshop will help you develop your mystery, thriller, or horror TV pilot or film. We'll cover the essentials of each genre and the various subgenres, including how to create your own unique mash-up. You'll learn how to tap into your fears, including of the shocking and grotesque, and the critical tools for writing a chilling, thrilling TV pilot or film: compelling protagonists and antagonists, intense mental conflict, unreliable and switching POVs, themes that say something, red herrings, clues, supernatural elements, and writing endings that twist or shock.

Registration dates:

August 22: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

August 23: Member registration opens

August 30: General registration opens

Dedi Felman

Dedi Felman

Dedi Felman is a writer/director born and raised in the wilds of NJ. A member of the inaugural class of the HBO Access Writing Fellowship, she attended the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting and teaches TV writing for Script Anatomy. Previously, Dedi worked in publishing as a senior editor at Simon & Schuster and an executive editor at Oxford University Press. Titles she’s developed have been The New York Times and The Washington Post bestsellers and have won the Bancroft Prize, the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize, and the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism prize, and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She continues to freelance consult on book projects at Book Doctor West. Her espionage drama short, "Allegiance", was a finalist at the USA Film Festival and voted a Kickstarter "Project We Love." She is currently working on two features, American Holler, a heist movie, and a contained sci-fi drama, The Immortalists.