The #1 Question Aspiring Screenwriters Ask Is:
How Do I Get My Script Into The Right Hands?
But this is the wrong question!
The Question You Should Be Asking Is:
How Do I Write A Script That's So Good...
It Doesn't Matter Whose Hands It Falls Into!
You've submitted to screenplay competitions and pitchfests.
You've queried agents and managers.
You've networked and hustled.
Nothing has worked, and it's made you feel helpless.
It's not your fault. You've been trained to ask the WRONG QUESTION.
STOP trying to get your script in to the right hands.
START writing a script that's so great, it doesn't matter WHOSE hands it falls into.
Here's how that works:
Someone tangentially involved in the business reads your script and loves it so much that they give it to an industry insider. Maybe an agent, or a manager, or a creative executive.
They don't do this as a favor to you. They do it because that industry insider is always looking for great scripts. By giving the insider what they want, that first person feels important and useful. It's in their own best interest to pass your script along.
And if the insider can't use it, they'll pass it along to someone who can, for the same exact reason.
That's how writers break into the business. By being great.
But greatness requires education and hard work.
Most people don't want to make that kind of effort.
But those who do, have a HUGE advantage over everyone else.
Where Do You Go To Learn?
If you're here, you're serious about the craft of screenwriting.
Whether it's feature or TV writing, the truth is you don't understand storytelling at a high enough level.
How do I know? Because I'm a professional TV writer and showrunner. When I'm hiring, I read tons of scripts from new writers. These are writers who are good enough to get representation, yet the vast majority of them do not understand story structure.
In a private conversation with a fellow showrunner, she told me:
"Michael I am working with a room full of paid writers who don’t know story."
Most Screenwriting Courses are Taught by Professional Teachers
But they're not professional writers. They're just as eager to break into Hollywood as you are, and yet they are teaching you how to write?!
Wouldn't you rather learn screenwriting from someone who actually makes a living at it?
If there's one thing my students have told me since taking my course, it's this: screenwriting books, university programs, and courses don't teach storytelling. They teach plot points, tips, tricks, and hacks. Apparently, there are rules as to what has to happen on page 5, page 10 and page 20.
When did screenwriting become math?!?
Hollywood Needs Good Writers and They Need Them NOW.
The Only Thing Holding You Back Is Your Lack of Knowledge.
I've been saying this for years: great writers are in strong demand. I know this, because when I'm hiring, I'm desperate to find them. All showrunners are.
Imagine what would be possible if you understood what showrunners were looking for, and how to deliver that.
There are approximately the same number of players in the NFL as there are working TV writers.
If you want to play in the NFL, "good enough" isn't good enough. Same thing with screenwriting. If you're coming for my job, you'd better know how to play at my level.
From Ice Cream ServerI've Spent The Last 26 Years (7 as a Showrunner) Working As A Professional Sitcom Writer
My first job in Hollywood was shoveling fro-yo at a place called "Humphrey Yogurt." I wasn't exactly living the dream, and the pun was humiliating.
I struggled for a long time, wondering how I'd break into the business. Through a friend of a friend, I learned of a retired sitcom writer who was offering screenwriting classes. He had written on some of my favorite shows, and he definitely struck me as someone who knew his stuff. Thanks to him, my writing vastly improved and doors magically opened.
Within a few years, I was a staff writer on a new NBC show called Just Shoot Me. I worked there for 4 years, then accepted a job on King of the Hill where I remained for 5 years. Then I went to Out of Practice, Rules of Engagement and Wilfred. The following year, my partner and I became showrunners of a new series on Nick-at-Nite. That's when I put all my hard won knowledge to the test.
Since then, my partner and I have run two other shows, including the critically acclaimed Maron on IFC. We've sold dozen of pilots, two feature scripts, and are currently Co-Executive Producers of Tacoma FD. I'm lucky to have a pretty full plate.
For years, several pre-WGA writers who I mentor have been haranguing me to start a screenwriting course. But I never had the time. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, bringing Hollywood production to a halt. That gave me the space I needed to create a detailed and comprehensive screenwriting course.
It took me 26 years to accumulate this knowledge. I didn't learn it in film school, nor would it have been taught there. I learned it by working with some of the most talented and successful screenwriters in the business. And now I share it with you.
That's me on the set of Maron the IFC show I ran.
"Michael I am working with a room full of paid writers who don’t know story."
I'm Michael Jamin. I've sold two feature scripts, over a dozen pilots, and written on hit TV shows like King of the Hill, Just Shoot Me, Beavis & Butthead, Wilfred, Maron, Brickleberry, Out of Practice, Lopez, Rhett and Link's Buddy System, Tacoma FD, and more.
As a showrunner, I'm responsible for hiring new writers. Agents and managers submit their clients work, and I'll read through a stack of scripts. Even though these writers are good enough to get representation, most of their work is mediocre at best. I keep reading until I find a script that has the undeniable attributes I'm looking for. That's the writer who gets hired.
In my course, I teach you what I look for in a script, and how to put those attributes in your own scripts.
Even though I'm primarily a comedy writer, these attributes apply to drama as well. It doesn't matter if you're writing for television, theater, film or books. Story is story.
Imagine how much easier it would be
if you had my knowledge.
Many people think that to be a screenwriter, all you have to do is write a decent script.
But think about it: You're not just competing against other first timers. You're competing against people like me. Professional athletes don't just train once, they train every day. And they don't rely on their natural talent, they have a team of coaches, trainers, dieticians and doctors.
If you want to break into Hollywood, you need to avail yourself of that same expertise.
You need to study, practice and execute. Every day.
You must do this until your talent is undeniable.
At that point, you won't be begging to break into the industry. People WANT to hire you because you have what they need.
If you take my course:
I can't promise you will break into the business.
I can't promise you'll make a career as a screenwriter.
But I CAN promise that you will become a better writer. And the better you are, the more in-demand you will be.
"I just wanted to say, thank you. I was skeptical about buying into your class. I really need some new equipment on my project boat. BUT... It was the lesson on what makes an audience cry. I write rom coms, and THIS is the one thing that no class has ever explained - how to make people cry at the end. And the funny thing is, I got this tip from a comedy writer. Keep that part. It is a very good tip, and that alone was worth the $900... The whiteboards, can't find that in any other class... I already found a way to revise a feature film script to make people cry with the father-child scene. I had been stuck on that scene for ages!!!!!!"
"I love this class! It’s been great. I was in the top 6% of NBC WOTV last year, so to get better I took a couple of classes from other organizations. But for me, this course has been the best! It helped me understand a lot of sitcom concepts better and provided actionable techniques for plotting and writing effectively. And no BS or fluff to be found. Top shelf stuff.”
"Is Michael Jamin's course worth it? I have a screenplay optioned right now because of it. Highly recommend."
Screenwriter's Need To
Hear This: The Course
A Showrunner's Guide To Storytelling
30+ Hours of Training Videos, Homework, Worksheets,
and A Private Community So That You Can Improve Your Storytelling
12 Instructional Videos, 13 Case Studies, A Private Facebook Group, A Workbook, plus Bonus Content
$997or 3 Payments of $332.33
Get 26+ Years Writing Experience In One Course
Screenwriters Need to Hear This: The Course
Twelve video modules covering story, character development, how we break stories in a writer's room, selling your pilot, writer's room etiquette, and a lot more. Everything is designed to teach you the most crucial lessons I've learned in my 26 year writing career.
We've put together a private Facebook Group so that you can network with other students, and a workbook to help you get the most out of your course. (Available on Mobile, Tablet, & Desktop)
Watch as I show you how we broke actual episodes of TV, so that you can do the same.
Not only that, I show you how we came up with the story, and then give you the outlines and scripts for those episodes.
I also analyze some of my favorite films to show you how I study masters of screenwriting. (Available on Mobile, Tablet, & Desktop)
Personal Essays Video Course: Mining Your Life For Stories
A key to good storytelling is embedding real experiences from your own life. In this video series, I teach you how I draw upon my life and how you can do the same.
This will make your writing truly unique and stand out from the rest. (Available on Mobile, Tablet, & Desktop)
I've also included incredible BONUS CONTENT so that you get the most out of your investment.
First Bonus: Q&A Zoom Archives
Pre-Recorded Q&A's w/ course students on Zoom
Over the last year, I expanded the course with several Q&A sessions. Topics covered include:
Second Bonus: From Idea To Script Video Series
Watch as I help a student develop a rough idea into a working script
I share the exact process I use every day as a Showrunner and provide this student with priceless feedback.
From Idea all the way through to a finished script I'd be happy to see if this student was a staff writer on one of my shows.
Take the guesswork out of developing your own projects with a real world series of lessons.
Third Bonus: Notes Checklist
Everyone wants feedback on their script
But who can you trust? Professional script readers are just people like yourself, hungry to break into the industry. If they knew how to do it, they'd already be working writers.
With this Notes Checklist, you'll ask yourself the same questions that I ask myself when I'm done with a draft.
You'll be able to judge your work critically, so that you can further hone your next draft.
Learn Everything A Working Showrunner
Expects New Writers To Know
Take Control Of Your Writing Career
Invest In Yourself Today
What Are You Willing To Do...
To Make Your Dream Come True?
I understand this course is more expensive than some others. That's because it's worth more.
You're paying for my knowledge and expertise. Many of you discovered me on social media and you know that I don't sugar coat things. I'm a straight shooter because B.S. doesn't help people.
If you're not ready to to make this investment, that's okay. I encourage you to follow me on social media where I post free daily content to help people like yourself. Come find me.
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