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Still going it alone as a writer, without much to show for it?

Despite investing time, money and patience on screenwriting books, blog posts, seminars, etc. AND writing every day, are you:

• Struggling to master the craft and getting the same negative feedback on your script’s structure, dialogue, characters, theme and so on? Then getting frustrated and feeling like giving up because no-one’s interested in your work?

• Feeling lost and confused, like you’ve got the will but not the way? And the more information you consume the more confused you become because everyone’s giving different advice?

• Losing motivation to write as you juggle work, family and friends. And when you do have a spare moment all you want to do is catch up on your favorite show on Netflix—then a downward spiral of inactivity ensues?

Sound familiar? Maybe right now you’re thinking…

Am I ever going to get where I want to be as a writer?

This is a completely natural and understandable way to feel. But there’s no need to.

Because we’ve been in your shoes, we know what it takes to go from aspiring screenwriter to professional screenwriter. And we can show you how you can do it too.

If you’re still struggling to master how to write a great script, if you’ve read every screenwriting book there is, if you’ve taken every class, if you’ve attended writing groups, seminars and festivals and your script STILL hasn’t cracked it, then you’re about to discover the answer you’ve been waiting for all your writing life…

This is the only mentorship of its kind—built by pro screenwriters for aspiring screenwriters. Learn week-by-week, step-by-step, how to dramatically improve your feature or TV script.

The program is designed for writers who have a script, treatment/synopsis, or even just an idea, and need help developing it. (We ask that all writers purchase an Initial Assessment first to assess their eligibility, but more on this later.)

We will help you focus on the screenwriting strategies that actually work, step-by-step. We will show you whichever aspect on how to write a sellable script you need the most help with, whether that’s the story, characters, dialogue, or anything you choose.

The Screenwriting Mentorship comes as either a 6- or 12-week program, and by the end, our goal is that you walk away feeling 100x more confident in your work and writing ability.

We know just how painful and frustrating it can be working alone, trying to improve your craft and start a career as a screenwriter.

On the Screenwriting Mentorship, you won’t be alone any longer. You’ll be able to talk and get feedback and advice from the pro screenwriter of your choice, 1-on-1, once a week.

Get help from a professional screenwriter who’s written movies and TV shows like the ones below instead:

Choose your mentor from our team of pro screenwriters

…and you can even pick one depending on their genre specialty so it compliments the genre of your script.

You can read their full bios and credits here.

Each of us has personally gone from not knowing how to write and having zero connections to writing for a living.

And now we can show you how.

We became writers after much self-study and experiencing multiple failures and knock-backs. Individually, it took us years to figure all this stuff out.

But now we’re here to try and save you some of these years of trial and error and get you where you want to be that much faster.

We’re not saying it’s easy, but learning how to write is not rocket science either. Sometimes you just need someone who’s already reached the destination you want to reach to show you exactly how you can do it too.

We understand how important this is to you and so have designed the perfect support system for you.

Many top writers only turned pro
thanks to a mentor.

Greatness rarely appears out of a vacuum. Often the most successful people in any given field didn’t reach the top of their game by battling away on their own.

They got there with the help of a MENTOR.

Many of the best performers in creative fields—from screenwriters to musicians, and from scientists to ice skaters—had a mentor to be inspired by, to learn from and to help cultivate their future greatness.

 Steven Spielberg was mentored by George Lucas.

 Bob Dylan was mentored by Woody Guthrie.

 Condoleeza Rice was mentored by Josef Korbel.

Elizabeth Taylor was mentored by Audrey Hepburn.

Edward Burns was mentored by Steven Spielberg.

And the list goes on.

There’s a reason the top performers in any given field—from business to entertainment to sports—hire coaches and trainers.

They could’ve said “I want to go it alone” and simply enrolled on evening classes and read some books. But they didn’t…

They invested in themselves.

Rather than relying on their innate talent (or, worse yet, “fate”) they took control of their destiny by finding someone who could help set them on the path to greatness.

And now you can do the same…

Please note: We don’t accept all writers onto the Screenwriting Mentorship program…

We only accept writers who are serious about improving their craft and who we feel we’re able to help. For example, if you have a 180-page screenplay and aren’t willing to accept changes that will bring it down to 110, this isn’t the program for you.

The first step to getting started is to purchase an Initial Assessment at $69 so we can write up 1+ pages of notes on your script’s suitability for the mentorship. Your chosen pro will let you know how they’ll approach the 6- or 12-week sessions.

This program is only for serious writers who are ready for BIG changes in their screenwriting career. If that’s you, just click the link below.

If your script makes the grade we’ll send you a link to purchase the Screenwriting Mentorship for the sign-up fee of $799 for 6x sessions or $1399 for 12 sessions.

You’ll receive an email letting you know we’ve successfully received your script and you will receive your Initial Assessment back in approximately 14 days from the date of purchase. Or within your chosen Rush service turnaround time.

Got questions? Please check out the How the Process Works section and FAQs near the bottom of this page.

And remember: This price is for scripts up to 125 pages. If yours is longer, you’ll be able to purchase extra pages during checkout, at $2 per page over 125.

300+ 5-star Facebook and Google reviews (and counting).

To see more uncensored, bursting-into-song testimonials, check out our reviews page.

Think of it like a tennis coach – they’re there to tell you what you’re doing wrong. They have fresh, professional eyes. We as writers need that.

Scotty Meade

I’m elated to report [the Screenwriting Mentorship] exceeded anything I could have imagined. I cannot overstate the value of having someone who’s been where I want to go. I’ve learned more in 6 weeks than I have in years.

Damone Bester

Script Reader Pro offered detailed, constructive feedback that pushed my script through to the next level. Thanks so much to the whole team for their thorough, quick and professional service.

Sam Czura

We know how much writing means to you because we’re writers too.

We’ve been in your shoes and understand what it feels like to be on the outside looking in. If you’re ready to let a pro writer show you how you can break in too, we’re the team for you.

Check out a sample Screenwriting Mentorship Initial Assessment below or download it here.

Beat out your story. Show fresh pages to a pro screenwriter, once a week.

We offer mentoring based on whatever area of screenwriting you want to focus on—from the craft of screenwriting to getting feedback on a particular script.

You can ultimately decide the direction of the mentorship, but…

• Imagine being able to get feedback on fresh pages… Submit script pages on a weekly basis for a mentor to go over and give feedback on at the next mentorship session. Make a plan on what to tackle and what sections you should work on first. (This works best by being broken down into acts: weeks 1 to 4 on Act 1, weeks 5 to 8 on Act 2, weeks 9 to 12 on Act 3.)

• Imagine being able to brainstorm your story with a pro… Not every writer who joins the Screenwriting Mentorship has a full movie script or TV pilot ready to go. Many have a synopsis or treatment, or even just an idea and find being able to brainstorm their idea or story before committing to the script to be a priceless exercise.

• Imagine receiving 1-on-1 tutoring on how to write… Before each weekly session, you could send over some scenes to your mentor and ask them to critique one specific skill you would like to improve, for example,  dialogue. Then, receive feedback on the script’s dialogue during the call, revise and send back in time for the next session.

• Imagine having someone there to motivate and inspire… Why go it alone when you could talk to a professional screenwriter every week about your script and craft? It will help keep you motivated, on schedule and focused on making your creative dreams happen.

And if your mentor REALLY likes your script, it could get passed on to their industry contacts.

Wow your chosen writer with your script and they may ask if you’d like it passed on to his/her manager, agent or other industry contacts for consideration.

Here’s what’s included in the mentorship.

Once you’ve signed up, you can use the 6 or 12 sessions whenever you like. You don’t have to have one session a week, we’re happy to work to your schedule.

• 6x or 12x 1-hour video conference calls with the professional screenwriter of your choice. It’s totally flexible, though. You could, for example, have one call a fortnight or once a month. We’re happy to work around your schedule. Sessions are conducted via the platform of your choice: Zoom, Skype, Apple FaceTime, Google Hangout, Facebook video chat, etc.

• Choice of pro screenwriter to mentor you. We have writers from Europe and Canada too, so you’re not restricted to picking a pro who only knows about the US market.

• Industry connections. If our reader really likes your script they may ask you if you’d like them to pass it on to their manager or agent or other industry contacts.

• Free follow-up email service. We won’t just send you away after the mentorship and leave it at that. You can email us afterward with any questions you may have. (Within reason! One or two short questions are welcome but if you want to ask more we may need to charge a small fee to cover the time taken.)

• Guaranteed five-star service. Our average client rating on Google and Facebook is 5/5 stars. You can read what other writers just like yourself have to say about our services on our Reviews page.

This is our proven step-by-step system for teaching writers how to write scripts that the industry love, from start to finish. Remember that old quote: “The best way to walk through a minefield is in someone else’s footsteps”? For years, Script Reader Pro clients have been asking us for a more hands-on tutoring solution. Now, we’re ready to offer exactly that to you.

Find out if your script makes the grade by getting a page of notes on its viability from your chosen pro.

The first step to getting started is to purchase an Initial Assessment at $69 in which you’ll learn how they’ll approach the 6- or 12-week sessions.

This program is only for serious writers who are ready for BIG changes in their screenwriting career. If that sounds like you, click the link below.

If your script makes the grade we’ll send you a link to purchase the Screenwriting Mentorship for the sign-up fee of $799 for 6x sessions or $1399 for 12 sessions.

Got questions? Please check out the How the Process Works section and FAQs near the bottom of this page.

And remember: This price is for scripts up to 125 pages. If yours is longer, you’ll be able to purchase extra pages during checkout, at $2 per page over 125.

How do I know this screenwriting mentorship is for me?

If you answer “yes” to any of the archetypes below, then this mentorship will definitely be a good fit for you.

• The newbie screenwriter. You’re spinning your wheels and getting frustrated wondering how to improve as a writer. You’ve received a dozen “Pass” grades on script coverage, entered contests and not placed anywhere near the top ten and struggle to come up with good ideas. No longer. The Screenwriting Mentorship will help you see the wood for the trees and get your writing chops up to speed in no time.

• The plugging-away screenwriter. You’ve been writing for a while and had feedback on your scripts, both good and bad. You kind of know what you’re doing, but you just need to write that one script that will turn things around and kickstart your career. The Screenwriting Mentorship will help identify your core strengths and weaknesses and bring your craft up a level to where it’s good enough to start really making things happen.

• The advanced screenwriter. You’ve done pretty well so far as a writer, maybe you have a manager and agent and have sold a script or two. But, lately, you’ve hit a plateau. You need to get your career back on track but are feeling stuck. Don’t worry, the mentorship will reinvigorate your passion for writing and set you back on the path to success.

Be sure to check out our 5-star Facebook and Google reviews.

To see more wonderful messages from our previous clients, here’s our reviews page.

I love Script Reader Pro’s mentorship program! It’s a perfect complement to the coverage services I have used. This service is moving my screenwriting arc all the way into Act III. Thanks again!

Bill Foley

I was blown away with this one-on-one opportunity to discuss my script in detail with a professional screenwriter. My script became a finalist in more and more contests and won 2nd place in this year’s Page Turner Thriller contest.

Kathy-Kay Patterson

Script Reader Pro provides the opportunity to step behind the curtain of this industry and get the training and support there…instead of swinging in the dark on the “outside”.

Angela Howard

There are 1000s of resources out there to help you go it alone…

The problem is that most of them require writers to learn and absorb information alone and passively.  

Let’s take a look at a few of your other options other than signing up for our Screenwriting Mentorship:

• Keep going it alone, reading dozens of screenwriting books, blog posts and screenplays, without really knowing if you’re on the right track… Attend seminars, festivals, etc. and spending thousands of dollars just to be one of the hundreds of other screenwriters in an audience.

Enroll on a screenwriting MFA and spend upward of $100,000, while also committing one to three years of your life and leaving up to your neck in debt.

• Hire a career coach (who more than likely knows nothing about screenwriting) to help you through the process, spending around $1000+ per month.

• Try to persuade a different pro screenwriter to mentor you. You may even be able to get them to do this for the price of lunch once a week but it would probably take a huge amount of time and effort with no guarantees you’ll be able to find anyone.

While some of these options may well be achievable, they’re often expensive, time-consuming and based on passive solo learning, rather than active collaborative learning.

BUT this is what 95 percent of all aspiring screenwriters end up doing. But you don’t have to be one of them!

While we could just take anyone and everyone on board, the Screenwriting Mentorship is NOT for writers who:

• Have an unworkable script. We only accept writers on to the program whose work we think we can help. In order to be accepted, the first stage is to purchase and complete an Initial Assessment. This involves your chosen pro writing up a report on whether your work is ready for the mentorship.

• Believe you can succeed by passively absorbing information. Some aspiring writers sign up, listen to the advice but then don’t put it into practice. Then they complain that their screenwriting career hasn’t taken off… If this sounds like you, the mentorship probably isn’t a good fit.

Expect a guarantee they’ll be able to gain representation or sell their script after completing it. No service will be able to guarantee this outcome and we advise you to take any that do with a large grain of salt.

• Expect their mentor to automatically pass their work on to industry contacts. The mentorship isn’t a one-way ticket to getting a script read by our readers’ contacts. It does happen, but we make absolutely no guarantees on this front.

Want 24/7 contact with their mentor. If you’re looking for a situation where you can email your mentor or jump on a call with them whenever inspiration strikes, this isn’t the mentorship for you. We ask that all story questions and ideas be confined to the sessions.

On the other hand, we’re super excited to work with you if:

• You’re tired of “going it alone” and not seeing any results. You’re struggling to write or finish a script. Or iron out an idea. Or are confused by all the conflicting writing advice out there and want some solid feedback from an industry professional.

• You’re eager and willing to learn. You’ve put in a hell of a lot of work into your work and aren’t about to give up now. You’re ready to invest in yourself and work hard to become the best screenwriter you can be.

Maybe you’ve even had some success, but your career’s stalled and now you’re not sure how to revive that buzz.

Or maybe you have the skills but are simply having trouble staying motivated and need someone there to keep pushing you forward.

If any of the above rings true, this the mentorship can help you—whatever your screenwriting aspirations may be so you can begin building a career doing what you love.

“We all need fuel. Without the assistance, advice, and inspiration of others, the gears of our mind grind to a halt, and we’re stuck with nowhere to go. I have been blessed to find mentors and idols at every step of my life, and I’ve been lucky to meet many of them. From Mikhail Gorbachev to Muhammad Ali, from Andy Warhol to George H.W. Bush, I have never been shy about seeking wisdom from others to pour fuel on my fire.”
— Arnold Schwarzenegger

How the process works
step-by-step.

Ready to buddy up with a pro screenwriter and get your screenwriting career moving?
Get started by following the instructions below:

1. Click Add to Cart button. You’ll be transferred to a secure checkout form. Don’t worry, it’s all very quick and easy.

2. Choose turnaround time. Our standard turnaround time is approximately 14 days. If you need your notes back by a specific date, we recommend our 3- or 7-Day Rush service.

3. Make payment. When you’re ready to purchase you can do so via credit card, debit card, PayPal, ApplePay or Google Pay.

4. Upload script, synopsis or TV bible, etc. Please attach your work as a PDF file.

5. Choose your preferred pro writer(s). Pick who you would like to complete the Initial Assessment and possibly be your mentor. You will have the option here to leave any notes for them too.

6. Sit back and relax. You’ll receive an email letting you know we’ve successfully received your work and to confirm your chosen turnaround time. If your script qualifies, you’ll then be invited to purchase a 6- or 12-week Screenwriting Mentorship. You’ll then be officially assigned to your chosen pro and will be able to book your first session.

Get started by clicking the button below to purchase your Initial Assessment.

FAQs.

We have two types of turnaround time available:

Standard 14 days (approximate). 

This means you will receive your Initial Assessment back roughly within two weeks. We cannot guarantee a return of your work exactly on Day 14—it could be a day or two later, so hang tight!

Rush.

If you order a 3- or 7-Day Rush service, you will receive your assessment back three or seven days later, starting from the day after purchase.

For example, if you purchase a 3-Day Rush at 4 pm on a Monday, Day #1 of the countdown will start on Tuesday as the first full day. So you can expect your notes back no later than midnight Thursday.

Rush orders received after 5 pm PST will be processed the following morning and the turnaround countdown will start from that day.

For example, if you purchase a 3-Day Rush at 6 pm on a Monday, it’ll count as a Tuesday purchase and so Day #1 will be Wednesday and you’ll receive your notes back no later than midnight Friday.

(All times are Pacific Standard Time.)

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Every script that’s sent to us remains 100 percent the author’s copyright.

We will under no circumstances release, or let your script be viewed, by any third party without your prior consent. Not only that, but every idea we suggest or piece of feedback that you take on board and add to your script will be completely your own.

We also never accept royalties. We’re just here to help you make it as a screenwriter and all we ask is that you invite us to the premiere. 🙂

With that in mind, we don’t sign writers’ own NDAs.

We—and to be honest, 99 percent of people and companies out there—have zero interest in “stealing screenplays.” Managers, execs, producers, etc. will be interested in hiring you as a writer, not running off with one script.

And script consultancies like ourselves have no desire to do this either. We have our own careers and reputations to take care of and simply want to help you succeed too.

If you’re still worried, however, here’s the legal angle:

We recommend all screenwriters register their screenplays at the US copyright office and/or WGA West before sending their work out. It’s cheap, easy, and will protect you against any copyright infringement by law if it ever came to that.

Here’s a blog post on the subject you may find useful: How to Copyright a Script the Smart Way and Avoid These 5 Legal Pitfalls.

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Yes, we can offer payment in two installments for the 12-week mentorship. (Not the 6-week mentorship at the moment.)

Please email us at submissions[at]scriptreaderpro.com if you’d like to set up a 50/50 split pay.

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We ask that you keep all discussions about your story and requests for feedback to your mentorship sessions.

 

 

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Yes, our clients have found success from all corners of the world. While there are differences between, say, the European film industry and Hollywood, the techniques you’ll learn about how to write a screenplay that’s capable of winning contests, gaining attention, getting sold, etc. are universal.

You’ll be learning from writers who’ve already broken in and can tell you how to apply the same strategies yourself, even if there may be some small differences across various film industries.

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We have two types of turnaround time available:

Standard 14 days (approximate). 

This means you will receive an email from us to set up your first call roughly within two weeks. We cannot guarantee a return of your work exactly on Day 14—it could be a day or two later, so hang tight!

Rush.

If you order a 3- or 7-Day Rush service, you will hear back from us three or seven days later, starting from the day after purchase.

For example, if you purchase a 3-Day Rush at 4 pm on a Monday, Day #1 of the countdown will start on Tuesday as the first full day. So you can expect an email to set up the call no later than midnight Thursday.

Rush orders received after 5 pm PST will be processed the following morning and the turnaround countdown will start from that day.

For example, if you purchase a 3-Day Rush at 6 pm on a Monday, it’ll count as a Tuesday purchase and so Day #1 will be Wednesday and you’ll hear back from us no later than midnight Friday.

(All times are Pacific Standard Time.)

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During checkout you will have the option to purchase extra pages for your script if it’s over 125, at $2 per page.

If you’d like to send in a synopsis/TV bible/treatment, etc. and it’s significantly over 4000 words, please email us at submissions[at]scriptreaderpro.com quoting the word count and that you’re looking to purchase extra pages for an Initial Assessment for a Screenwriting Mentorship.

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Please attach your work as a PDF.

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Here’s the 2-step plan to picking the pro of your choice:

(Important! Not all readers are available for all services. If your chosen reader isn’t listed, it means they’re unavailable for the service.)

1. If you haven’t already, check out our writers’ profiles on our About Us page. There you’ll find their mini-bios and genre specialties.

2. During checkout, you’ll be asked for your first and second choice. If your first choice isn’t available your script will go to your second choice. In the unlikely event your second choice isn’t available, we’ll contact you.

Please note: If you leave your second choice as “I don’t mind” we’ll send your script to who’s available and best suited to your script’s genre.

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Our readers are super busy and so, unfortunately, are unable to examine extra materials, such as synopses, treatments, TV bibles, novels, or character breakdowns for context.

Ideally, your script should make sense and work as a stand-alone piece when you send it to us, just like in a real-world submission.

If there’s something super important you think the reader should know about the story, however, feel free to let them know on the form during checkout.

Or:

If you have a synopsis, treatment, TV bible or outline and would like your chosen pro to give feedback on too, you can purchase Synopsis/Treatment Coverage here.

For character breakdowns, research notes, photos, videos, etc. please contact us at submissions[at]scriptreaderpro.com and we will give you a quote.

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No, the Initial Assessment is simply a page or so of notes on your script to make sure it’s a good fit for the mentorship program.

If it is, you’ll then be free either purchase the mentorship program or not. It’s up to you!

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With our Screenwriting Mentorship, you’ll have access to some of the best minds in the business—at your fingertips.

If you have any questions we haven’t covered, check out our knowledge base or feel free to email.

You may realize you have two choices:

1. Keep going at it alone, trying to learn by yourself, entering contests and not placing, querying agents and managers and not hearing anything back, and so on.

OR:

2. Get serious with your writing aspirations and get professional one-on-one help.

Remember: Eight out of ten aspiring screenwriters don’t put in the work required to write a truly exceptional script. Other things keep getting in the way, like hanging out with friends or watching TV. Don’t be one of them.

Stop making the same mistakes as 90 percent of other aspiring screenwriters. Get some guidance from a working professional on how to write the script that will help you break into the industry.