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The Insider View: Formatting as a Writing Tool with Dr. Format

Final Draft, A Cast & Crew Entertainment Company

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM (PDT)

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  Live Webinar with
Dr. Format aka
Dave Trottier
A Webinar Brought
to You by Final Draft, Inc.



As a screenwriter, you must learn the language of your craft to communicate successfully with industry professionals. Formatting is that language. It’s simpler and more flexible than you might expect, and it’s fun to apply it in creatively to resolve your scripting problems. But far too many writers either disregard it as unimportant or use it improperly, thus losing, confusing, or discouraging the reader.

Dr. Format (aka Dave Trottier) has spent decades studying, using, and teaching proper screenplay format and has answered thousands of formatting questions writers have posed. Now you can benefit from his expertise in an informative and useful webinar focused on what you must know.

Dr. Format will not only review formatting essentials, but show you how to avoid common mistakes screenwriters make. Become more confident of your craft and give your script a fighting chance with readers.  

The topics Dr. Format will address include the following:
  • ●  The surprising reasons formatting is important
    ●  Screenplay parts – the big picture
    ●  “Where am I?”  Where most screenwriters go wrong
    ●  Hot flashbacks and other special issues
    ●  Action!  Common problems and easy fixes
    ●  The dialogue block – avoid looking like a blockhead
    ●  Texting, languages, and other tricky situations
    ●  You as a creative writer
  • and so much more!

As an aspiring screenwriter, you've asked these questions on message boards, at conferences, and to consultants. But now is your chance to ask the foremost authority on screenplay formatting what you need to know about succeeding in today's industry.

Don't miss this opportunity to find out what Dr. Format, Dave Trottier has learned about the craft of screenplay formatting, and how you can use his knowledge to make your script even better.

Register now to ensure your spot at the live webinar event for only $29. You will receive an email with instructions on attending this event.

There will also be a live question-and-answer session during the last 15 to 20 minutes of the webinar where all attendees can chat questions to Dr. Format live. These questions will be chosen at random. You may also submit questions in advance to attention Dr. Format Questions. These submissions will be considered for the Q&A as well.

If you miss the scheduled time, you will receive an email the morning after the event has closed with a link to watch the video at your convenience.

Register now and spend some quality time with Dr. Format, courtesy of the leading software for screenwriters in the business, Final Draft.

About Dave Trottier:

Dave Trottier (AKA Dr. Format) is a produced screenwriter who has sold or optioned ten screenplays and developed projects for Disney, Hill Fields (for ABC), and others.  He is an award-winning teacher and in-demand script consultant ranked in the top 6% of the "Cream of the Crop" script consultants in Creative Screenwriting Magazine.
Dave authored the perennial favorite The Screenwriter’s Bible (which contains the de facto industry spec formatting guide and is endorsed by industry insiders) and Dr. Format Tells All (which contains all of the columns he wrote for Script Magazine). In addition, he has helped hundreds of writers sell their work or break into the biz. You can find him at his popular website

About Online Webinars:

This webinar will take place on WebEx. WebEx is a simple, online, user-friendly interface that allows you to participate in this event by listening to the speaker and moderator through your computer speaker or headphones, submitting questions during the Q&A period at the end of the event, and watching the video of the event at any time after the webinar is complete.

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Refund Policy: If technical difficulties are experienced or speakers are unable to attend or must be rescheduled, refunds will be issued only in the form of admission to a future event of your choice.



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Final Draft was founded in 1991 to develop a scriptwriting program that allows the writer to concentrate on the creative process and not on Hollywood's stringent formatting rules. Since then, Final Draft has become the Hollywood industry standard and the world's #1–selling scriptwriting program.

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