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Mastering Professional Screenwriting and Pitching Course – Phase 2: Development & Outlining

Mastering Professional Screenwriting and Pitching Course – Phase 2: Development & Outlining

Kick-start your next screenwriting journey with Part 2 of a 6-phase online course from WriteMovies Academy.

Join us for the next phase in this online course from WriteMovies Academy where you’ll learn to master professional screenwriting and pitching! In this online workshop, you’ll learn how to fill the gaps and spot the missing pieces that stand between your idea and a fully-rounded outline that’s ready to write. If you’re looking to master your screenwriting ability, this event is perfect for you. Click here to purchase tickets.

Phase 2 – Development & Outlining Event Details:

  • Date: March 28th 2024
  • Time: 12pm PDT, 3pm EDT, 7pm GMT
  • Location: Online via Zoom
  • Cost: $30 per session or $150 for the full course.

Phase 1: Concept & Theme is also now available on demand.


Director attached to Whiskey Mountain Days!

Director attached to Whiskey Mountain Days!

Steven R. Monroe is the director attached to Whiskey Mountain Days, our latest grand prize winner by Bill Walker!

Monroe is known for being one of the most prolific directors working today. To date, he has directed almost 60 long-form projects, including the acclaimed HOUSE OF 9 starring Dennis Hopper, two films for legendary producer Stephen J. Cannell, the controversial and critically acclaimed re-make of the 1978 classic I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, and the sequel I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 2. He has also recently directed five Tubi original horror/thrillers.

Monroe has an impeccable reputation as a director who brings a unique style to each project and pushes for good performances. He is fast yet efficient, and he is respected by both cast and crew. Having such a director attached is a great benefit as we continue to invite approaches from the industry!

Click here to learn more about Whiskey Mountain Days by Bill Walker!


To be considered for representation and pitching to industry yourself, buy any of WriteMovies’ services today using the options in the sidebar on the right!

With our Anytime Entry service, you can enter your script at any time for just $45 and receive:

  • An analysis of the crucial first ten pages of your script, focusing on its key strengths and weaknesses.
  • A writer evaluation, where our analyst considers its potential for our representation and pitching to industry (guaranteed to all writers who earn a Recommended rating!).
  • Free entry to any relevant contest we open this year – which can also be for your next draft, if your writer evaluation gains a Consider or Recommend!
2023 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award Winner revealed: THE REVOLT OF THE WHALES by Michael Rhodes!

2023 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award Winner revealed: THE REVOLT OF THE WHALES by Michael Rhodes!

Thanks for all your entries to our 2023 contests.


The WriteMovies Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award is a thrilling journey into other realms, exploring the vast possibilities of the human imagination through your scripts. Amidst the captivating landscapes and intricate narratives, we have, after careful consideration, selected a deserving winner!

Sci-fi and fantasy genres often birth franchises, offering storytellers rich lore and expansive story worlds to delve into. This amplifies the excitement as we eagerly anticipate presenting all our winners to the industry.

Remember, even if you didn’t clinch the victory this time, your writing journey continues. Persevere and re-enter future contests, for persistence is a writer’s essential trait!

Seeking assistance? Explore our sci-fi and fantasy-themed writing insights articles, covering aspects like worldbuilding and dialogue. For personalized guidance, consider our Elite Mentoring service, connecting you with industry veterans.

Thanks for all your entries to our 2023 contests, which closed on November 26th. We’re enjoying judging your works, now with our next winner to announce: our 2023 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award Winner revealed: THE REVOLT OF THE WHALES by Michael Rhodes!

Congratulations to Michael for an inventive and visionary screenplay. We’re really looking forward to helping develop this further and pitching it to industry.


Congratulations once again to our


2023 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award Winner!!

Michael Rhodes

The DIE HARD Conundrum – What counts as a Christmas movie?

The DIE HARD Conundrum – What counts as a Christmas movie?

It’s the biggest unanswered question in film. Every year, without fail, it comes up again; battle lines are drawn, families are divided, and the debate rages on. And the question, of course, is…

Is DIE HARD a Christmas movie?

On the one hand, a film about terrorists taking over a building is hardly a happy tale for the holidays. On the other… Well, it’s set at Christmas, and sees our hero trying to reunite with his family for some festive fun. That’s enough, isn’t it? Even if the festive fun is interrupted by bombs, bullets, and bad German accents?

Of course, by that logic, LIFE OF BRIAN is also a Christmas movie. After all, it too is set at Christmas – it opens in Bethlehem on the night that Jesus was born! The fact that it focuses on the stable next door where the hapless Brian is being born, and that the wise men visit him by accident, and in fact otherwise has nothing to do with Christmas…

Okay, let’s face it: there are some films that fall into a grey area. LIFE OF BRIAN probably isn’t a Christmas movie (although I’m sure someone’s bound to disagree!) but at the very least a lot of people have a heartfelt love for DIE HARD around this time of year, and that counts for something.

So, in celebration of this fact, here’s are some of our favorite films that exist in this grey area. Christmas movie or not Christmas movie? Let us know your thoughts!

  • THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS: Come on, it’s got the word Christmas in the title! The fact that Santa Claus (or rather “Sandy Claws”) get kidnapped by the king of Halloween, the reindeer are skeletal and led by a ghost dog, and all the presents handed out terrorize the children shouldn’t make a difference, right? Okay, maybe it should. Half Halloween movie, half Christmas movie – maybe this is best watched in mid-November.
  • EDWARD SCISSORHANDS: Let’s stick with Tim Burton for a moment. The most iconic scene in this American-Gothic fairytale sees Wynona Rider’s Kim dancing in the snow while Edward carves ice sculptures. A beautiful Christmas moment… Except that Edward is a leather-bound weirdo with scissors for hands. Things don’t end too well for Edward and Kim either, so only watch this one if you want to spend Christmas Day in tears.
  • FROZEN: Snow! Ice! Snowmen! Disney songs so iconic that half the world’s population bursts into song at the words “Let it Go” and the other half groans in frustration! On paper, Frozen has all the right ingredients for a Christmas movie and a lot of people will probably give it a watch over the coming week – except that it never mentions Christmas. Not even once.
  • GREMLINS: Don’t feed them after midnight. Don’t let them get wet. Once those rules get broken and these little critters get loose, all sorts of chaos ensues. Okay, this one is definitely set at Christmas, but it’s not exactly one to get you into the holiday spirit. Part horror, part comedy, GREMLINS is a film for people who really want to turn Christmas on its head.
  • HOME ALONE: Fans rejoiced when Macaulay Culkin recently reprised his role as Kevin McCallister for an advert, but this Christmas classic is actually pretty dark. While Kevin’s traps are dangerous enough to maim or potentially kill the would-be thieves, it’s his parents who are the real villains here. Not only are they neglectful enough to forget about him while they catch a flight to Paris, they don’t even bother trying to phone anyone back home once they realize he’s not with them – not the police, not a neighbour, nobody. Seriously, someone needs to call CPS on the McCallisters – they’re a danger to their own children.

Whatever you choose to watch this week – whether it’s a movie about Santa Claus being kidnapped, evil creatures running rampant, or a skyscraper being taken over by terrorists – we hope you enjoy it. From all the team at WriteMovies, we’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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