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Forensic Screenwriting Class- Detective Work To Uncover Your Best Plot Yet

Ashley Smith

Monday, September 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM - Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 9:30 PM (PDT)

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Forensic Screenwriting



6-session detailed process to doing the essential detective work to create your most compelling script yet.  Using Stalking the Story, by Jay Douglas, as our guide, and other collaborative writing tools to uncover great plots and screenplay structure. It’s our job as writers to uncover and carve out the best story, to give life and depth to our characters and create a plot that organically unfolds.   In our 6 week class we put on our forensic hats, and stalk our story.  

 Learning traditional screenplay structure is great, but it doesn’t help you get into the bones of your story.  Sometimes the best detective work happens when we become unattached to our story and let it evolve with the insight and observations of others and the element of fun and support. If you do not have an idea fully formed or you are just wanting to improve your story this Who Dunnit' Is For You--

 Part writer’s room, part introspective exercises,  you will finish the class with the most important components of structure and tone completed.

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Very hands on, interactive, with exercises and worksheets included.

What This Class Includes:

·         Total Commitment: 6 Sessions over a 6 week period

·         Class Structure : 2 hour  interactive instruction by Ashley Smith and the support of your class members         (writing team)

·         24/7 Access to Class Forum and Online Screenwriting Tools so you can gain help from your writing squad at any time.

·         Worksheets with exercises for each chapter  



  • SESSION 1 - September 17 2013 (Tuesday) 6:30pm- 8:30pm EST

OVERVIEW:  Which idea has the most Juice?

We will dig into your Big Why for writing your script and find out which ideas and messages you want to convey in your script. If you are deciding on what to write we have some tools to see what can move forward the easiest. The mediocre ideas fall away and you can work on what is waiting to emerging.


  • SESSION 2 - September 23, 2013 (Tuesday) 6:30pm- 8:30pm EST

Hero Profile:  Interviewing your hero

We need to find out exactly where your hero is coming from. We will interview people from their past as well as finding out other details of their life that could remain hidden unless you have a really good detective at work. Group interviews will be conducted.


  • SESSION 3 - September 20, 2013 (Tuesday) 6:30pm- 8:30pm EST

Emotional Baggage:  What past moves your characters forward?

   Our Hero’s biggest flaw is never obvious to them, but super apparent to the ones that love them.  We will talk to them to see why those subconscious behaviors are causing such a flap in their personal life. Friends, Allies, and Enemies are all contacted to get the big picture


  • SESSION 4 - October 1, 2013 (Tuesday) 6:30pm- 8:30pm EST

B Plot:  Adding Dimension

What sub plot can we weave to give our hero more dimension and move our plot along. This takes some brainstorming and detective work to see what can move our story along.


  • SESSION 5 - October 8,  2013 (Tuesday) 6:30pm- 8:30pm EST

Witness Notes -Who saw the villain??

What do the impartial witnesses have to say about the action. What did they see and how does this fill into our plot? Did anyone see what our hero was doing, what do they have planned to make a change.  

  • SESSION 6 - October 15, 2013 (Tuesday) 6:30pm- 8:30pm EST


In our  final session we make sure that our hero evolves and the changes made are in line with our goals for the theme and tone of our story.  Once completed we have the shell of a very solid screenplay and a writing plan will be created.


Register for VIP EARLY BIRD: Extra Bonus!

  • EXTRA Q & A Call on How to Stop Writer's Block In It's Tracks
Have questions about Forensic Screenwriting Class- Detective Work To Uncover Your Best Plot Yet? Contact Ashley Smith

When & Where

The Montage - Community Room
626 Dekalb Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30312

Monday, September 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM - Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 9:30 PM (PDT)

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Ashley Smith

Ashley is a writer/producer/entrepreneur with a deep love of all things Film and Television. She has used her skills in the Film, Real Estate, and Finance Fields. She has studied screenwriting, sketch writing and improv,  at UCB New York, The PIT, Magnet Theatre & Sketchworks in Atlanta. She has also completed producing programs with Film Specific, Voyage Media, and The Independent Film School.

My earliest image of comedy writing was sitting at table throwing out hilarious ideas to other hilarious people, that we would whip into the next Comedy Central Show, sadly at my first sketch class they told me to go home and write something!! This audacity kept me always seeking fellow writers, they are an elusive moody bunch, and hard to catch, so I figured if I created my own classes they would have to come out to play.

For me creating something in a vacuum always falls flat. Sometimes if an idea is big, juicy, and wonderful we think that it's fear that we can't do it rather than being so excited about it we can't even stand it!! Our classes help people get out of their own way and collaboration and structure to make whatever you are working on more dynamic and fun.

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