The Mistake Screenwriters Make With Structure by Shannan E. Johnson

Film Courage: Is it true that beginning writers need the most help with structure?

Writer/Instructor and Script Consultant Shannan E. Johnson (The Professional Pen): No. I think all writers need help with structure. I think there are writers right now who are employed in writers’ rooms who have sold features before and they need help with structure. I definitely do and the way that you know that is true is because there are rewriters who have jobs.

A lot of times when someone sells a feature just because they sold it…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).




About Shannan:

After grad school I became a junior creative executive at NBCUniversal at the Syfy Channel. I was there for the rebrand. Remember Sci Fi? Yeah, not really. Anywho, it was my job to help writers and producers take their ideas from pitch to production. I co-exec’d on Alphas, Being Human, Haven, Sanctuary, Warehouse 13, and more Syfy dramedies. This is how I honed my skill in all stages of the screenwriting process…(read more here).

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