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This virtual screenwriting course is taught by full-time working Hollywood screenwriter, Thomas Fenton.


Working Screenwriter: Horror Show serves as an

introduction to professional horror screenwriting as well as an intermediate honing of skills screenwriting course.

Over the course of 3 hours, you’ll learn the reality of being a working screenwriter and the nuances of the horror screenwriting business.

Space is limited.

"Thomas Fenton has been slugging it out in the Hollywood film industry for over two decades. In that time he has managed to get six screenplays made into movies. Having run the gauntlet and survived, he now shares the field-tested knowledge he gained."

- Chris H.

"Tom Fenton inspires writers to find their own unique voice and to trust that they have something invaluable to offer audiences. Having invited him to speak to graduate students in our MFA in Dramatic Writing program, I can attest that he entertains a crowd while delivering key craft and visual storytelling techniques. I also recommend Tom’s book to every horror writer I know."

- Cristina P

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  • Finding that idea to write.

  • Familiar with a twist.

  • Working with a Story Drop.

  • How to plan a story using beat sheets and notecards.

  • The Rule of Three to keep your writing sharp.

  • How to write memorable characters and meaningful stories.

  • Rules of the World.

  • How to choose the proper setting, tone and pace for your script.

  • How to introduce and develop characters that connect with the audience.

  • Arsenal of Horror.  What is it and how do you get your own?

  • How to use the Wicked Pass as a way to create an awesome final draft.

  • Jump scares what are they. When to use them when not to use them.

  • Keep the audience engaged while scaring the hell out of them.

  • How to intrigue not confuse.

  • Twist ending how to use them.

The Business of Hollywood:

  • What to expect out of a writing career in horror films

  • How working with agents, managers and lawyers can impact your career

  • Optioning books and video games and other IP

  • The difference between a writer's first draft and a reader’s first draft

  • Is it hard or easy to write horror sequels?


Who Should Take This Course:

  • Anyone who wants to write a horror screenplay.

  • Anyone who wants to make their horror screenplay work better.​

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Images courty of Vulture