The Rewrite Stuff: 12 Ways to a Stronger Screenplay

Spend an intensive week working on twelve key aspects of your story design while perfecting your pitch, get feedback from experienced peers through a series of group and individual meetings led by Emmanuel Oberg and be ready to take the market by storm within 12 weeks!

Average Rating: 5.0 stars (based on 24 ratings)

It makes so much sense!

Emmanuel’s Story-Type method as explained in the [Screenwriting Unchained] course makes creative sense and deals with the real tasks and issues involved in developing a script/screenplay. The whole process has become more clear to me from following this course and I intend to wring every bit of wisdom and technique I can out of the full course over the next few weeks. Thank you Emmanuel for de-mystifying and clarifying the concepts! I look forward to the full course and a career developing wonderful stories.

Tom Halton

I would definitely recommend it!

The workshop was so well-structured, easy to follow and it felt like the focus was put on just the right things. Even when you hear about the stuff you already know about, like Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, you see it in a different light and it gets you to think about your own projects immediately. I would definitely recommend it! [Advanced TV Development Workshop for NEM Zagreb]

Daria Keršić

Very inspiring and thoughtful.

One of the best workshops regarding script structure I’ve attended. It really makes you review and research what you know about books like Mckee, Field etc. The books that I’ve been related to at my studies. Really enjoyed it and will try to convey it to my work with films I produce and students I tutor. Very inspiring and thoughtful. Thank you Emmanuel! [Advanced Development Workshop (ACE 26)]

Jelena Mitrovic

An extraordinary course!

I cannot thank you enough for such an extraordinary course full of so much wisdom mixed with a rare humility and delivered with real passion. The practical tools will be tremendously useful and the resources a huge bonus. [Advanced Development Workshop for Screen West Midlands]

Natasha Carlish
Producer, Dreamfinder

The right kind of teacher for inherently creative people.

Emmanuel is the right kind of teacher for inherently creative people. He does not instruct, or impose, or prescribe. He displays and explains a box of first-class tools, and encourages the writer to use the ones that suit the work in hand. In this way the work is improved, and the writer gains confidence at the same time, which in turn leads to even better work. Emmanuel is very tall, but he never talks down to you. [Advanced Development Workshop for Cologne Intl Film School]

Simon Perry

A stimulating and inspiring course.

Many, many thanks for such a stimulating and inspiring course. The tools are already coming in extremely useful and I hope will transform my approach to any new project from now on. [Advanced Development Workshop for Ealing Studios]

Smita Bhide

Non prescriptive and flexible!

Emmanuel’s Advanced Development Workshop for Ealing Studios was very useful and stimulating. I’m a big fan of Emmanuel’s teaching style because it’s non prescriptive and flexible – tools not rules as he always reminds us. All the feedback I’ve had from the writers who attended was extremely positive, I think they responded particularly well to the collaborative atmosphere and interactive sessions. [Advanced Development Course for Ealing Studios]

Sophie Meyer

Fresh insight into the craft

In his deconstruction of the story development process, Emmanuel Oberg provided fresh insight into the craft and artistry that combine to create an engaging story.
The Story Type method as pioneered by Oberg is a particularly useful diagnostic tool and has helped me identify key structural flaws and weaknesses in my screenplays while equipping me with new tools and strategies to problem-solve. Would highly recommend this workshop to both budding and established screenwriters or indeed anyone engaged in the script development process. [Advanced Development Workshop for Screen Skills Ireland]

Molly O Driscoll

An analytical but flexible approach.

Emmanuel Oberg’s workshop was very inspiring and eye opening. Three days with an intensive focus on storytelling in the broadest sense where existing models of structuring a screenplay were questioned.
Emmanuel’s wider perspective is at the same time very detailed. Both the workshop and the book provides useful tools and makes you reflect on what can be the best path for your story to flourish. It’s also an encouragement to an analytical but flexible approach of your story without being dogmatic. [Advanced Development Workshop for the Netherlands Film Fund]

Ellen Hoffmann

Extremely informative course!

As a writer I was able to immediately put into practice what I learnt from this extremely informative course, presented with passion, humour and verve by a man of great generosity at the top of his game and an accomplished speaker of great clarity. [Advanced Development Workshop for Screen Skills Ireland]

Peadar Cox

I gained an amazing amount of knowledge.

Emmanuel’s enthusiasm and knowledge were incredible. What an excellent facilitator and a lovely man too. I’ve always had loads of ideas for screenplays but was never quite sure about where to begin the script writing process. Over the three days, I gained an amazing amount of knowledge on story types and structuring, what does and doesn’t work and why it’s ok to not always live by the rules (lead with your passion). Thanks Emmanuel, I feel that I’ve unlocked the start of a new writing chapter in my life. [Advanced Development Workshop for Screen Skills Ireland]

Anna Mannion

Definitely a game changer!

The most encouraging workshop I have ever attended.
I am a big fan of the book [Screenwriting Unchained] and I highly recommend it to anyone working in the industry. Emmanuel is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I cannot thank him enough for sharing his methods with us. The workshop is definitely a game changer and brought my writing skills to the next level. Many thanks. [Advanced Development Workshop for Creative Europe Galway]

David Souto

I’m itching to write. I can think of no higher praise.

Every once in a while, we need an update; whether it’s a software update for our phones or laptops, or an attempt to re-paint the kitchen cabinets.

This is the update for story on screen. If you are a writer, an editor, a producer or a commissioner, you need to do this course. Every project you work on will be better – fact!

I’ve been writing and editing for ten years, and I’ve done lots of different courses over the last decade, but this has completely revolutionized the way I think about my writing and the structure of story.

Not only is the Story Type Method enlightening, it’s as creative and fluid as the writing process itself. And it puts the audience at the heart of the discussion. Not in a slavish way that suggests pandering to the market or duplicating previously successful formulas, but in showing the best way to make the story you want to tell enjoyable for the different audiences that are out there.

I found this course inspiring and encouraging. Gone is the sense of dread that can accompany sitting down to tackle a scene or a treatment – I’m itching to write. I can think of no higher praise. [Advanced Development Workshop for Creative Europe Galway]

Blathnaid De Roiste

Inspiring stuff!

What a fantastic three-day workshop. Emmanuel Oberg explored the mechanics of writing good drama, and provided us with a toolbox to help turn it into great drama. Inspiring stuff! [Advanced Development Workshop for Screen Skills Ireland]

Marty Thornton

Very thorough understanding of the inner workings of our craft.

True value for money. Well-suited for advancing and advanced screenwriters, including successful ones and those who think they have heard or read it all before. Don’t expect a gospel from a preacher or a showman. Oberg is a modest man who clearly resists becoming the next screenplay guru. Yet he delivers an amazing, almost complete and very thorough understanding of the inner workings of our craft, guaranteed to spark fresh thoughts that will benefit your next project, no matter how experienced you are. And there is a big bonus. The screenplay business is a fickle mistress that can often leave you frustrated. Oberg makes you remember why you fell in love with her in the first place and he makes you fall in love all over again. [Advanced Development Workshop for the Netherlands Film Fund]

Mike van Diem

Very inspiring.

I found the 3-day advanced workshop very inspiring. Emmanuel has no dogmas unlike other scriptwriting gurus. He is an ego-less gentle open-minded teacher, who does not place himself above his students. He is very intelligent, but also emotional, spiritual and funny. Above all very positive. His tools are practical, but do not interfere with your writing flow. It’s all about the balance between knowing and not knowing, combining heart and head. I would advise every screenwriter to do this workshop, especially when you want to (re)discover your originality and talent. [Advanced Development Workshop for the Netherlands Film Fund].

Karen van Holst Pellekaan

Impressive knowledge!

I had the pleasure to attend two of Emmanuel’s workshops. His knowledge about the different screenwriting approaches is impressive and enables him to recombine and rethink them to a new approach. I highly appreciate his work no matter if you already know a lot about screenplays or not. [Advanced Development Workshop (ACE 27)]

Arash T. Riahi

The most inspiring developing session I have ever taken part in.

Without doubt the most inspiring developing session I have ever taken part in. Emmanuel is not only a very good speaker – but manages to use practical examples and group discussion to give the participants a very clear understanding of his thoughts on drama. Less dogmatic than McKee and Field he aims at giving the creative a tool box of dramatic elements rather than a formula for success. I strongly recommend this workshop to both writers, producers and funding bodies. Well done! [Advanced Development Workshop (ACE 26)]

Frederick Peter Howard

Extremely inspiring and very useful!

Thank you so much for the workshop at Filmlab in Norway a couple of weeks ago! As a producer I found it extremely inspiring and very very useful for my future collaborations and my work in creative processes. I have now got more tools when analyzing projects, guiding my directors/scriptwriters or just to discuss the projects. For my particular team that participated we also now have a common vocabulary to talk about our project, which feels really great. I’m also impressed with the structure of the lesson and your lecturing – kept me concentrated and interested the whole way. Thank you so much! [Advanced Development Workshop for Filmlab Norway]

Andrea Ottmar

Full of vital and resourceful tools to use in the development process

I truly enjoyed Emmanuel’s three-day insightful workshop on The Story-Type Method! Full of vital and resourceful tools to use in the development process. Emmanuel is enthusiastic with no fixed screenwriting rules – only great tools he skillfully shared with us. I highly recommend his workshop to anyone who works in the film industry. Thank you so much! [Advanced Development Workshop for FilmLab Norway]

Ingrid Stenersen

Refreshing and liberating!

The story-type method is a refreshing and liberating way of looking at story and structure. Emmanuel is full of enthusiasm, and his passion for good storytelling makes the workshops engaging and the method fun (yes, really!) to apply. I’ve gotten some solid new tools, as well as the bonus of a new surge of inspiration and energy into the development process. Thank you! [Advanced Development Workshop for FilmLab Norway]

Ina Remme

Intense but incredibly useful!

Intense but incredibly useful workshop that has helped take our script to the next level. Emmanuel is very friendly and doesn’t force you to conform to any fixed methods. Instead he gives you the tools to explore your own ideas better. [Advanced Development Workshop for iFeatures]

Manjeet Gill

A really useful and inspiring seminar!

Thanks for a really useful and inspiring seminar – I have attended a number of development training courses in the past, so wasn’t sure whether I would learn very much that was new. As it happens, I learned a huge amount and feel much more confident about going back into the development process with a brand new toolbox. [Advanced Development Workshop (ACE 24)]

Alison Sterling
Producer, Ignition Films

I have learnt more on this workshop than any previous development course.

I have learnt more on this workshop than any previous development course that I have attended. It’s as if up to now I have been looking in through a window and now the door has been opened. I came away not just with an effective set of diagnostic tools but the confidence to approach script development in an enthusiastic and positive way. [Advanced Development Workshop for Screen West Midlands]

Sunandan Walia

Give Your Film Project a Total Makeover in 12 Weeks

Apply all the tools explored in the Advanced Development Workshop or Course to your own project, with feedback from a group of experienced peers led by Emmanuel Oberg

This new module is an extension of our acclaimed Advanced Development Workshop, which has been delivered successfully across the world over the last two decades and was recently adapted into a self-led online-course.

Based on Oberg’s innovative Story-Type Method®, this rewrite workshop builds on the tools and principles explored during the Advanced Development Workshop / Course (or in the book Screenwriting Unchained) and puts them into practice through an intensive process that tackles both the story design of an existing feature film project and how to best pitch it and sell it. Note: For TV Series projects, please see The Rewrite Stuff: 12 Ways to a Stronger Series. This rewrite workshop can also be adapted to follow a genre add-on module focusing specifically on thriller, comedy or animation projects.

“The Rewrite Stuff” is project-based, so five to twelve projects are selected at least four weeks before the beginning of the workshop. The initial week uses one of the final topics in the book / course / workshop — "12 Ways to a Stronger Screenplay" — as a framework to focus on twelve key areas of story design through project work. It ends with a series of individual meetings to define the aim of the rewrite. An optional follow-up meeting within the next 12 weeks can be offered to assess the revised project and provide final feedback.

The aim of the workshop is to give each project a complete makeover. By the end of the first four days, participants will have a clearer understanding of their feature film design, they’ll have received constructive feedback from their peers through group work led by Emmanuel Oberg and they’ll have refined their pitch (both written and verbal). After the first series of individual meetings with Emmanuel immediately following that, they’ll have a clear action plan for a rewrite. Then, after an optional meeting with Emmanuel following their rewrite, they should have a project ready to go to market.

Who can apply?

  • Development Teams (writer / director / producer / story editor developing the same project). A team cannot apply without a project and the associated writer. Min. 2, max. 5 applicants per team.
  • “Solo” writers with a project who are happy to be paired with another solo writer for the duration of the main workshop (4 days). When working as a team, solo writers will have read each other’s project and will work on both projects during the project work sessions.

Note 1: Applicants must be available for the entire duration of the workshop (4 full days + 1.5 hours on day 5 or 6). They should be happy to read 3-5 projects from other participants (each project being 15 pages max.) and willing to let their project be read by other participants. Non-disclosure agreements will be issued.

Note 2: Participants are expected to have attended our Advanced Development Workshop or online course, or to have read the book Screenwriting Unchained, so that everyone speaks a common language during the workshop. Access to the self-led online course can also be provided for selected participants (please see options in the Fees section). Ideally, this hands-on rewrite workshop immediately follows an Advanced Development Workshop.

With Which Projects?

Applicants (solo writers or development teams) need to have a feature film project with a synopsis / step outline / treatment / scene breakdown describing the whole story. This working document should be at most 15 pages long.

Once selected, participants can also submit a draft of the screenplay (max. 120 pages) before the workshop for feedback during individual meetings.

Any genre is eligible, except non-fiction / documentaries.

Workshop Overview

The workshop starts with a 'meet and greet' and a short introduction, immediately followed by a pitching session so that everyone gets to know all the other participants and their projects.

Emmanuel then introduces the first of the “12 Ways to a Stronger Screenplay” (story-type and genre) to the full group so that participants can start working on their own projects, either as a development team or as a pair of solo writers, while meetings led by Emmanuel take place to discuss projects in split groups (4-6 projects per group). Project work on the first topic is then debriefed with the full group at the end of day 1.

Over the next three days, project work continues in small teams on the remaining eleven topics, each session starting with a short brief and ending with a debrief with Emmanuel, before a final pitching session and conclusion at the end of day 4. Emmanuel remains available at all times to answer questions arising during project work on days 2, 3 and 4.

A series of individual project meetings with Emmanuel for each solo writer or development team will take place on days 5 and 6, to wrap things up and define a clear action plan for the rewrite of each project. An optional follow-up meeting can be held within 12 weeks to provide final assessment and feedback before the project goes to market.

Like the Advanced Development Workshop, this hands-on module puts a strong emphasis on each project reaching the widest possible audience, both at home and abroad, without limiting the filmmakers' creative freedom.

This live, interactive workshop is usually fine-tuned to the specific needs of a production company, regional / national funding body or studio. For example, the number of projects, participants and meetings can be adjusted as needed and optional access to the online course can be offered to participants before, during and after the workshop. Please see the fees and options below for more details.

It is delivered online as standard to closed groups of ten to forty-eight participants. Travel permitting, it can also be delivered in person, for an additional fee.

The Rewrite Stuff
12 Ways to a Stronger Screenplay
Fees on January 1st, 2022

Excl. 20% UK VAT where applicable
INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION COMPANY

From £9,995
for 5 projects (max. 6)

  • Includes preparation and online delivery (using Zoom)
  • In-Person delivery, travel & accommodation costs on top
  • A/V equipment / Meeting room not included
  • £695 for one additional project (£1,190 with optional 2nd meeting within 12 weeks)
  • All individual meetings are extended script chats (up to 90 min.)
  • Maximum 6 projects / 20 participants

This version of the workshop is aimed at independent production companies looking to give an accelerated boost to up to six projects in active development on their slate.

For more than six projects, producers are invited to select the group / studio option.

The main difference between the two options is that there are no split groups for independent producers. Participants read all the projects and we discuss them as one group.

OPTIONAL GROUP LICENSE

From £2,995
For up to 20 participants

  • This group license includes 90-day access to the Advanced Development self-led course for up to 20 participants who have already done the course — this could include up to 3 who haven't.
  • £95 for each additional participant who has already done the course (beyond the up to 20 included in the group license).
  • £395 for each additional participant who has not already done the course (beyond the up to 3 included in the group license).

If the "Rewrite Stuff" hands-on workshop doesn't immediately follow an Advanced Development Workshop, it can be beneficial to provide access to the Advanced Development Course to participants so that they can go through the content to prepare and access it for reference during or after the hands-on workshop.

If the "Rewrite Stuff" workshop immediately follows an Advanced Development Workshop, then the course access is extended from 30 days to 90 days and there is no additional cost.

FILM FUND OR GROUP / STUDIO

From £11,995
for 8 projects (max. 12)

  • Includes preparation and online delivery (using Zoom)
  • In-Person delivery, travel and accommodation costs on top
  • A/V equipment / Meeting room not included
  • £695 for each additional project (£1,190 with optional 2nd meeting within 12 weeks)
  • All individual meetings are extended script chats (up to 90 min.)
  • Maximum 12 projects / 48 participants

This version of the workshop is aimed at regional / national funds or organisations who would like to train a larger number of participants (up to 48, with a maximum of 12 projects).

It's also the option a media group or studio would go for to boost the development of up to 12 projects on their slate.

Participants are split into half-groups during group work so that they don't have to read more than 4-6 projects (each 15 pages max).

What People Say About the Story-Type Method

Average Rating: 5.0 stars (based on 24 ratings)

Emmanuel’s Story-Type method as explained in the [Screenwriting Unchained] course makes creative sense and deals with the real tasks and issues involved in developing a script/screenplay. The whole process has become more clear to me from following this course and I intend to wring every bit of wisdom and technique I can out of the full course over the next few weeks. Thank you Emmanuel for de-mystifying and clarifying the concepts! I look forward to the full course and a career developing wonderful stories.

Tom Halton

The workshop was so well-structured, easy to follow and it felt like the focus was put on just the right things. Even when you hear about the stuff you already know about, like Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, you see it in a different light and it gets you to think about your own projects immediately. I would definitely recommend it! [Advanced TV Development Workshop for NEM Zagreb]

Daria Keršić

One of the best workshops regarding script structure I’ve attended. It really makes you review and research what you know about books like Mckee, Field etc. The books that I’ve been related to at my studies. Really enjoyed it and will try to convey it to my work with films I produce and students I tutor. Very inspiring and thoughtful. Thank you Emmanuel! [Advanced Development Workshop (ACE 26)]

Jelena Mitrovic

I cannot thank you enough for such an extraordinary course full of so much wisdom mixed with a rare humility and delivered with real passion. The practical tools will be tremendously useful and the resources a huge bonus. [Advanced Development Workshop for Screen West Midlands]

Natasha Carlish
Producer, Dreamfinder

Emmanuel is the right kind of teacher for inherently creative people. He does not instruct, or impose, or prescribe. He displays and explains a box of first-class tools, and encourages the writer to use the ones that suit the work in hand. In this way the work is improved, and the writer gains confidence at the same time, which in turn leads to even better work. Emmanuel is very tall, but he never talks down to you. [Advanced Development Workshop for Cologne Intl Film School]

Simon Perry

Many, many thanks for such a stimulating and inspiring course. The tools are already coming in extremely useful and I hope will transform my approach to any new project from now on. [Advanced Development Workshop for Ealing Studios]

Smita Bhide

Emmanuel’s Advanced Development Workshop for Ealing Studios was very useful and stimulating. I’m a big fan of Emmanuel’s teaching style because it’s non prescriptive and flexible – tools not rules as he always reminds us. All the feedback I’ve had from the writers who attended was extremely positive, I think they responded particularly well to the collaborative atmosphere and interactive sessions. [Advanced Development Course for Ealing Studios]

Sophie Meyer

In his deconstruction of the story development process, Emmanuel Oberg provided fresh insight into the craft and artistry that combine to create an engaging story.
The Story Type method as pioneered by Oberg is a particularly useful diagnostic tool and has helped me identify key structural flaws and weaknesses in my screenplays while equipping me with new tools and strategies to problem-solve. Would highly recommend this workshop to both budding and established screenwriters or indeed anyone engaged in the script development process. [Advanced Development Workshop for Screen Skills Ireland]

Molly O Driscoll

Emmanuel Oberg’s workshop was very inspiring and eye opening. Three days with an intensive focus on storytelling in the broadest sense where existing models of structuring a screenplay were questioned.
Emmanuel’s wider perspective is at the same time very detailed. Both the workshop and the book provides useful tools and makes you reflect on what can be the best path for your story to flourish. It’s also an encouragement to an analytical but flexible approach of your story without being dogmatic. [Advanced Development Workshop for the Netherlands Film Fund]

Ellen Hoffmann

As a writer I was able to immediately put into practice what I learnt from this extremely informative course, presented with passion, humour and verve by a man of great generosity at the top of his game and an accomplished speaker of great clarity. [Advanced Development Workshop for Screen Skills Ireland]

Peadar Cox

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