Thrilling Stories

with Dedi Felman


Open to all levels

1 Session

Start Date: October 9, 2022
End Date: October 9, 2022
Day of Week: Sunday
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm PT
Capacity: 100 seats
Member Price: $135.00
General Price: $150.00

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.

Most classes are offered at a general and member tuition rates based on instruction hours, with Hugo House members receiving a 10% discount on classes fewer than six sessions.

Early bird discounts are available during the first two weeks of registration and apply to both general and member tuition rates.

To help provide financial accessibility to our class offerings, some classes each quarter are offered with a sliding-scale tuition model, allowing students to pay what they can for the class. For these classes, tuition increments starting at $5 and going up to 125% of the standard pricing will be listed on the page.

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Class sessions may be recorded if a session falls on a holiday, or if a student has access needs. Class recordings are not guaranteed.

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Classes may be cancelled if less than the minimum number of students are enrolled within ten days before the class start date. If Hugo House needs to cancel a class for any reason, students can choose between receiving a full credit toward future classes or full refund.

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