Hey there... Is this you?
✔️ Sitting on your screenplay or pilot idea for years...
✔️ Not really sure how to begin…
✔️ Started those first 10 pages seven times, but that’s it...
✔️ Don’t even have an idea but have the desire to get into screenwriting...
Well, what are you waiting for? No masterpiece ever happened without a first draft, so how about you write yours... in the next 8 weeks?
As Ernest Hemingway famously said,
“The first draft of anything is shit.”
That is true. It is also true that the first draft is the thing that you must do, well, first... before you can begin the process of turning your screenplay from a piece of creative inspiration into something worthy, honed, and filmable.
And let’s be honest, writing the first draft of a whole feature screenplay can be HARD!
Particularly if you’ve never done it before!
Hi, I’m Naomi McDougall Jones
Over the past twelve years, I’ve successfully written and produced independent film projects, taking them from an idea all the way to playing in front of audiences (and winning some awards along the way). This means I know the journey of writing and rewriting.
Seriously. I rewrote my first film Imagine I'm Beautiful 52 times and my film Bite Me 48 times before we went into production!
And I can tell you one thing:
The HARDEST part is finishing that first draft. It's the artistic equivalent of having to make the clay before you even get to shape the sculpture!
BUT... you’ve got to do it.
At some point, you’ve got to start putting words onto the page and birth that baby out into the world so you can get to raising it and forming it into what you know it can eventually be.
Can you go through that birthing process on your own?
Yes! 100%. But sometimes it’s nice to have a doula to help you, to sit beside you, and to hold your hand as you go do the work. It can be helpful to have someone who’s done this a whooolleee bunch of times before to be able to say,
“Oh, yeah, that? That’s totally normal. Almost everyone goes through that.” or
“You’re stuck there? Why don’t you try this?” or
“Oh, hey there, you, down in the bottom of the Pit of Artistic Despair, let me offer you some ideas on how to get out of there.”
or even, very simply, to hold you accountable and cheerlead you all the way to the finish line.
Sound good? Amazing. I would love to be your Story Doula and guide you through getting your idea onto the page.
I finally wrote my first screenplay! I don’t think I could have done it without the guidance and feedback that I received in Naomi’s screenwriting workshop. I highly recommend it to everyone who has a story to tell.
- Heather Ardley
I am endlessly grateful to Naomi for creating this screenwriting intensive, and for sharing her incredible talent and skills with us. The course was exactly what I needed to help propel me forward with my first screenplay. The structure, assignments, accountability, feedback, AND amazing community of women were helpful beyond words. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for structure, guidance, and support with your screenwriting.
- Hannah Eaton
Naomi is an incredible instructor. She is someone who lets her students go as wild and as colorful with their imagination but gives positive feedback in a constructive way that allows the writer to find their flow and reel their story into a grounded place. Naomi is compassionate, kind, and generous with her time. She really cares and wants to see others succeed in their work, at the least, feel confident in the direction they are going. AND on top of that, it was a wonderful space to meet and forge new lifelong friendships. I highly recommend!
- Sky Hardison
I found Screenwriting I with Naomi to be the perfect introduction to writing. Naomi helped guide me down a path that fit my own writing style and encouraged me to follow my imagination, no matter how quirky or weird the impulse. For the first time ever, I finished a first draft of a feature-length screenplay and I had a blast. I can't wait to do it again!
- Emily Bell
Your Screenwriting I Intensive includes:
- Instant access to my process and support as you create and write draft 1 of your screenplay or TV pilot.
- Worksheets to help you along the way and apply the principles and ideas I teach to your own script and writing process.
- Access for 12 weeks to twice-monthly group coaching calls within the Screenwriting Intensive I Community. That’s right, I’ll be with you every other week to answer questions and help you as you go through the process of drafting your script.
- Opportunities to have pages from your screenplay read on our live calls so you can receive feedback from me and the community.
- Weekly Q&A “office hours” inside the Facebook group where you’ll get answers to your specific writing questions while getting that extra punch of inspiration and support.
- Forever access to the Screenwriting I Intensive videos and worksheets in your Film Launch library so you can repeat this process for future screenplays as well.
You’re ready for the Screenwriting I Intensive if you answer YES to any of the following questions:
Are you ready to finally write that screenplay that's been in your head for years?
Do you work better with the support of a community and a writing support system to enhance your process?
Do you have the seeds of an idea but aren't sure how to make those coalesce and then express them in a script form?
Are you ready to dig into an in-depth process that will help you finally write your script so you can take your project to the next phase?
Naomi McDougall Jones knows what she is doing. She understands the anxieties, blocks and unexpected twists and turns that are a part of the writing process. She knows how to help you get out of the way of yourself and get it done, She can help you with structure, conflict, dialogue, character and pace. She is accessible, supportive and well-equipped to handle a group of writers all writing at a different pace and with different styles. She has a great sense of wonder and a great sense of humor. If you just always wanted to write a screenplay, this is the course for you.
- Vicki Gohl
From the moment I inquired about the class, Naomi was engaged and terribly supportive. I had no idea what to expect - I only knew that I would commit to the process and the writing. Naomi gently (but firmly) guided us all through the birthing of our screenplays with wisdom, kindness and encouragement. Her feedback was detailed and targeted, making it extremely useful in the editing process. The atmosphere Naomi fostered in the class was positive and nurturing; she encouraged peer support/learning, which was an unexpected bonus. Naomi is a force to be reckoned with and I'd follow her anywhere.
- Kristen Vermilyea
My 1:1 coaching rates for this work range from $250 - $500 per hour (and sometimes even more!)
- On-Demand videos to guide you through the 8-week process of writing your first draft.
- A workbook designed to help you craft key elements of your story and character to ensure you have a rich world within your story.
- Access for 12 weeks to twice-monthly group coaching calls within the Screenwriting Intensive I Community.
- Forever access to the course through your digital library so you can use the tools again and again.
But for this course, I'm offering all of the above for:
a one-time payment of $297 or two payments of $197!
FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY, when you register for the Screenwriting I Intensive, you will also receive these amazing bonuses:
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