Screenwriting Unchained:
Advanced Development

This CPD certified, self-led online course is an adaptation of Emmanuel Oberg's bestselling book Screenwriting Unchained. Unlike the workshop, it's open to individual participants, worldwide. There is no live interactive element included as standard.

Group licenses and cohort enrolment are available for groups or teams of five or more, along with optional live interactive elements (Q&A sessions, group work or one-to-one meetings), but these can't be purchased directly from the website. Please contact us for more details.

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.

Tom Halton

It was a great self-learning experience that was really flexible to get done because of the videos provided which allowed for watching in your own pace and time schedule. […] Highly recommended as a course to learn about strategic approaches to creating and checking the stories you work on – also as a producer!

Noah Bohnert

The practical tools will be tremendously useful and the resources a huge bonus.

Natasha Carlish

Emmanuel 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.

Simon Perry

The tools are already coming in extremely useful and I hope will transform my approach to any new project from now on.

Smita Bhide

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!

Blathnaid De Roiste

Guaranteed to spark fresh thoughts that will benefit your next project, no matter how experienced you are. Oberg makes you remember why you fell in love with [the screenplay business] in the first place and he makes you fall in love all over again.

Mike van Diem

Reclaim Your Creative Freedom
And Master Story Structure in 30 Days

Learn how to develop original screenplays for a wide audience at home and abroad without following prescriptive paradigms!

Based on Oberg's innovative Story-Type Method, this online course leaves aside rigid rules that lead to predictable screenplays. It also steers clear of supposed formulas for commercial success that simply don't exist (or we'd know!). It focuses primarily on screenwriting for Film & TV but the principles explored apply to any dramatic story. An add-on module builds on this main course and explores TV Series specifically.

This course is designed for writers, directors, producers, showrunners, development executives, story editors... Anyone involved creatively in the script development process.

It aims to equip filmmakers with a set of storytelling tools that help develop each project as effectively as possible. It details how filmmakers can identify the story-type of their projects early on and adjust the development process accordingly, making it easier and faster to troubleshoot their projects and leading to stronger screenplays.

The course puts a strong emphasis on each project reaching the widest possible audience, both at home and abroad, without limiting the filmmakers' creative freedom. Extensive course materials are also made available.

Many examples and case studies are used to illustrate each storytelling tool, from films such as: Gravity, Two Days, One Night, Silver Linings Playbook, Frenzy, Cloud Atlas, Dunkirk, Edge of Tomorrow, City Lights, The Lives of OthersMisery, Cyrano de Bergerac, RidiculeBirdman, The Bourne Supremacy, A Quiet Place, Billy Elliot, As Good as it Gets, There’s Something About Mary and more...

If you need more details, you'll find the answers to most questions in the FAQs below, after the testimonials. Otherwise, just keep reading...

What's Included in This Course?

  • 30-day access to Screenwriting Unchained - Advanced Development (15 hours of self-led content in 12 training modules).
  • Interactive quizzes at the end of each training module to help you check how much you've remembered, clarify your understanding and provide instant feedback depending on your answers, for example suggesting which topic you might want to revisit.
  • Hands-On videos focusing on project development, raising questions and suggesting practical tips so that you can apply the content of each module to your work as you go along. The last hands-on, 'The Rewrite Stuff: 12 Ways to a Stronger Screenplay', looks at twelve key areas for your upcoming rewrite.
  • 'Creative Freedom' Game. As you go through the content and take the quizzes, you earn points depending on your answers. You can check your progress on your way to creative freedom and see if you earn a spot on the 'All Times Best' leaderboard...
  • Suggested course schedule: Week 1 is for film watching, Week 2 is for Modules 1-6, Week 3 is for Modules 7-12, Week 4 is to revisit the content of the course. In the end, it's up to you: The whole course is available right away, so you can binge it all in a week or take a whole month to go through the content if you've done the preparation before starting the course.
  • Permanent access to extensive course materials including: all the slides shown during the course; free samplers (first 60-70 pages) of Oberg's books; case studies and recommended reading.
  • Participants who finish the course will receive a certificate of completion and 25% off a 'Script Chat' if they would like one-to-one feedback on a project within 30 days of the end of the course.

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING PREPARATION

You'll need at least a week to prepare if you want to make the most of this course as we recommend you watch a few films before going through the content. It's possible to do this preparation as you go through the first section of the course ('A New Framework for Developing Screenplays'), but please be aware that the content as a whole is designed assuming you've watched these films before you start.

The 'Welcome to the Course!' section is freely accessible to allow you to look at the 'Preparation and Resources' topic and get a sense of how much preparation is involved. That way, should you want to, you can prepare ahead of your purchase in order to maximise your access window to the course.

You'll find more information about preparation (and everything else!) in the FAQs below, after the testimonials.

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What People Say

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. [Screenwriting Unchained Online Course, June 2021]

Tom Halton

It was a great self-learning experience that was really flexible to get done because of the videos provided which allowed for watching in your own pace and time schedule. I enjoyed the course taught by Emmanuel Oberg a lot and feel that I can use the tools provided very well for current and future projects in series but definitely also feature films. Highly recommended as a course to learn about strategic approaches to creating and checking the stories you work on – also as a producer! [Screenwriting Unchained Intro and Writing a Successful TV Series Online Course – Spring 2021]

Noah Bohnert

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

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

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

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

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