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SOFT LAUNCH

Where screenwriters and storytellers learn, thrive and connect

ONLINE SCREENWRITING & STORYTELLING TRAINING TO BEGIN OR CONTINUE YOUR
DEVELOPMENT AS A WRITER—

✨ WITHOUT THE EXPENSE OF HIGHER EDUCATION OR FILM SCHOOL  

WHAT IS SCRIPT & STORY?
 

Script & Story is an online training platform offering courses and intensives for screenwriters, writers and storytellers of all experience levels to enhance their craft, and their lives.

 

Our mission is to provide an affordable, safe space to explore, learn and discover screenwriting, writing and storytelling techniques within a supportive, encouraging community.

Here at Script & Story, we understand the importance of story and the importance of community. So, we created an online learning experience with you in mind!

WHAT MAKES SCRIPT & STORY DIFFERENT?

We designed our training around choicevariety, and community:

 

  • The choice of learning on your own time with our Open online courses, or learning alongside fellow writers with weekly assignments and virtual meetings in our Timed intensives (6 weeks, etc.)

  • The option to tailor the Script & Story experience to your needs, the variety of ways the material will be taught (since not everyone learns the same way!), and a variety of unique classes and intensives you won't find anywhere else!

  • Class discussions (all-student access) and Members only areas to form a community with your classmates and other Script & Story Members

WHAT DOES SCRIPT & STORY OFFER?

In addition to choice, variety and community, Script & Story offers aspiring and emerging screenwriters and storytellers an online learning experience unlike any other.

INDIVIDUALIZED TRAINING

 

On top of offering a unique variety of Open and Timed courses/intensives plus bundle options, we also understand that not everyone learns the same way. That's why we've designed each course/intensive using visual, audio, verbal and hands-on learning experiences to ensure we're not teaching at you, but with you.

Script & Story Members also get a discount on all our courses, plus have the opportunity to submit their scripts for script coverage services at a discounted rate!

   MEMBERS COMMUNITY

While you do not need to be a Member of Script & Story to access our courses and intensives, there are many benefits to having an affordable Membership! Note that during our soft launch, Memberships will be included in the purchase of Writing Through Play! The option to become a Member without the purchase of a course or intensive will be available during our official launch in mid 2021.

Being a Member of Script & Story not only provides you with discounts, it also provides you with access to our members only private Facebook group where screenwriters, writers and storytellers from all over the globe can connect, share their work plus access exclusive Script & Story content, contests and more!

MEMBER BENEFITS & MORE

Not only do you get to join a thriving community of screenwriters, writers and storytellers, and choose the training that works best for you, being a Member of Script & Story has even more benefits:

- 10% off all of our courses

- 10% off script coverage services

- Hearing about special offers, contests and announcements before the general public!

Access the full benefits to develop the tools and find the inspiration to finally write your screenplay or edit your next draft!

 
HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

As we are in the process of building the Script & Story experience, come March 1st, 2021 we'll be offering the following Timed intensive during our soft launch:

Everyone has a story. A writer, however, needs the basic tools and understanding

to take their reader/audience on a compelling, satisfying journey.

Come mid 2021, we'll be offering the following Open courses during our official launch:

THE

Fundamentals

OF

Storytelling

In this course, you'll learn the fundamentals of storytelling, from the core components of story, story structures, The Hero's Journeys (yes, journeys!), writing 3 dimensional characters, and so much more!

DURATION

LEARN AT YOUR OWN PACE

PRICE

TBA

LOCATION

ONLINE

THE

Fundamentals

OF

Screenwriting

In this course, you'll learn the fundamentals of screenwriting, from screenplay and film terms, screenplay story structures, effective ways to captivate your reader using action and dialog, formatting basics for features and shorts, the fundamentals of pitching, what to do with your script after you've finished writing it, and then some!

LOCATION

ONLINE

PRICE

TBA

DURATION

LEARN AT YOUR OWN PACE

In this combined course, you'll learn the fundamentals of screenwriting and storytelling, from the core components of story, story structures, The Hero's Journeys (yes, journeys!), writing 3 dimensional

characters, screenplay and film terms, formatting basics for features and shorts, the fundamentals of pitching, what to do with your script after you've finished writing it, and so much more!

THE

Fundamentals

OF

Screenwriting

& Storytelling

LOCATION

ONLINE

PRICE

TBA

DURATION

LEARN AT YOUR OWN PACE

ADDITIONAL COURSES

Come fall of 2021, we will be offering the following additional Mini courses:

THE

Real Life

Writer

Whether it's the overwhelming writing process or simply inexperience, sometimes characters can be found doing or saying unnatural and unrealistic things within a story. Enveloped by our stories, it can be easy to forget that our very own lives are brimming with an abundance of material and inspiration!

In this mini course, you'll learn how to draw from real life for material and inspiration, no matter what the time period or genre of your script.

DURATION

LEARN AT YOUR OWN PACE

PRICE

TBA

LOCATION

ONLINE

WRITER

Self Care

Let's face it: self care often takes a back seat during the creative process. However, to do our best work, we have to be our best selves! To be our best selves, we must do that radical thing called taking care of ourselves—which, during the creative process especially, is far easier said than done.

In this mini course, we teach you the psychology behind the creative process and what self care truly is, plus teach you a variety of self care techniques tailored to the life of a writer.

LOCATION

ONLINE

PRICE

TBA

DURATION

LEARN AT YOUR OWN PACE

"Your writing sucks." "Who do you think you are?" "No one cares about your stupid story." "You're not special." "You're pathetic." "You're gonna fail anyway, so just give up already."

Ooooh boy, that wily inner critic can be a force to be reckoned with.

In this mini course, we teach you the psychology behind our inner critic and offer a variety of exercises and strategies to manage the pesky beast!

LOCATION

ONLINE

PRICE

TBA

DURATION

LEARN AT YOUR OWN PACE

And don't forget!

 

With your Script & Story membership, you get

10% off all our courses, plus our script coverage services!

​Register to be a part of our exclusive soft launch and provide us with your feedback of your experience. You can be a part of making Script & Story the best it can be!

OR YOUR MONEY BACK

We wanted to put "no questions asked" after "or your money back", however we value your thoughts and opinions! After all, we created Script & Story for you!

If you're not satisfied with our courses/intensives and you'd like to share why, we will do everything in our power to ensure you feel you've gotten the most out of your Script & Story experience. If you still feel unsatisfied even after we've addressed your concern, we will refund 100% of your money back—no more questions asked!

 
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

LEAD INSTRUCTOR, SCRIPT CONSULTANT & CREATIVE DIRECTOR

 

MANDI MAXWELL

Hi! I'm Mandi! I'm the Founder and Creative Director of Script & Story. I'm also honoured to be your lead instructor and script consultant!

Whether it’s on stage, on screen, or in my grandma’s living room, I have dedicated my life to the art of storytelling, especially when it comes to the screen. Starting in the film industry in 2002, I've had a multitude of experience in various roles, from actor, screenwriter, director, to producer, stand-in, photo double and even Pochinko clown, to name a few!

As part of my diverse range of experience in the industry, I've worked on many sets such as HBO's Game of Thrones, Amazon Prime's The Boys, Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, Netflix's The Umbrella Academy, and Disney's upcoming feature Nightmare Alley, directed by Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, and Willem Dafoe.
 

As for writing, I've recently been contracted to write a feature screenplay for a production with a Canadian producer attached (more details to come very soon!). I've also recently finished writing the second draft of my third feature script Metagame alongside Dylan Miles—an epic Dungeons & Dragons-inspired coming-of-age fantasy/adventure which made it to the quarter-finalists (top 3%) of the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition. My second feature screenplay Feeling Unreal, a mental health-focused script, made it to the second round of the 2020 Sundance Development Track, second round of the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, and the ScreenCraft Fellowship semifinals.

I'm also your instructor for Script & Story's one-of-a-kind intensive called Writing Through Play. While the majority of my industry training through the years has been insightful and rewarding, the most beneficialthe most impactful training and opportunities were the ones that focused on the root of creation: play! 

Those opportunities included extensive Pochinko clown training at the University of Alberta with Jan Henderson, one of Canada's leading clown and mask teachers, as well as The Making-Box, and the Second City Hollywood. To this day, I continue to train in play whenever I can (next up: Virtual Playground: A Clown Class with Shannan Calcutt in March 20201!), as well as try and incorporate play into to my everyday life as much as possible. (You can read my full Writing Through Play bio here!)

Additionally, I also give extensive script coverage to screenwriters at various points in their careers. Noticing I would often give a lot of the same notes, especially to writers still navigating story and finding their voice, I got inspired to create Script & Story in hopes to teach screenwriting and storytelling in an accessible way!

When I'm not writing scripts, giving coverage, or creating my own content, I can be found (in non-pandemic times) rummaging for treasure in thrift stores, solving puzzles in escape rooms or throwing plastic spoons during screenings of The Room.

To learn more about me, you can check out my personal website, or my IMDb! 💗 🌻

TESTIMONIALS

Script & Story testimonials coming soon! ✨

In the meantime, you can find Mandi's script coverage testimonials here:

ANA DE LARA

SCREENWRITER/DIRECTOR, WIDC

"I can’t praise working with Mandi enough.  Not only did she dissect my script intellectually, but she completely immersed herself in the narrative and in the characters.  I trusted her insights and suggestions because she got to the heart of my story.

 

Her coverage was in-depth, communicated clearly in a supportive manner, and with passion.  I was inspired and motivated to write the next draft.   She opened my eyes to ways I could improve my story and writing skills, and ignited my imagination on how to fix what wasn’t working. I think the advantage of working with Mandi is that her instincts and insights are dictated not only by her work as a writer, but also as an actress and director.  I was beyond impressed and will definitely use her service again.

 

She truly has a gift."

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is Script & Story only for screenwriting training, as opposed to other forms of writing?


Although Script & Story has been designed with screenwriting in mind, most of our courses, such as Writing Through Play, The Fundamentals of Storytelling, The Real Life Writer, Writer Self Care and Managing Your Inner Critic, are applicable to creative writers in any medium!




Do I have to become a Member of Script & Story to take courses?


Nope! Although you won't be able to access our private Members only group containing exclusive content and contests, or qualify for our Member deals and benefits, you will be able to access the Open courses and Timed intensives without becoming a member. However, if you register for our pre-launch spring course Writing Through Play, you'll receive a free membership plus additional course discounts as a welcome bonus!




Will there be an option to audit the program?


Currently, there is no option to audit the courses or intensives. However, there will be the opportunity to preview the Open (learn at your own pace) courses before purchasing so you gain a sense of each course and how it will be delivered. If you purchase a course and find that you aren't satisfied with your experience, please don't hesitate to contact us so we can make things right!




What if I have questions that aren't answered here?


Head on over to the contact page and send us an email, or send us a message through our chat! We would love to hear from you!




How do I become a Member?


While we're building the Script & Story experience, as of right now during our soft launch, the only way to become a Member is by registering for Writing Through Play. As a welcome bonus, the Membership is free! Woo! Come mid 2021, there will be the option to become a Member without registering for any courses. Membership will be a one-time fee as opposed to a reoccurring fee. Additionally, we will have The Fundamentals of Screenwriting, The Fundamentals of Storytelling, and The Fundamentals of Screenwriting & Storytelling up and running, so there will be the option to register for those courses as well!





 

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