Margie Lawson

Changing your Writing World

Intro to Screenwriting

Are you an author of a book that you'd like to turn into a movie?

Do you have an idea for the next big movie, but you don't know where to start?

If you're interested in learning the art of how to write a screenplay, you're in the right place.

Wally and Betty will teach YOU what they wish someone had taught them before they ever sat down to write their first screenplays!

In this class we will cover:


  1. The “What If?”
  2. The “Logline”
  3. Creating the Main Character
  4. Treatment, Scriptment or Storyboard


  1. Catalyst
  2. Break into Act Two
  3. Midpoint
  4. Break Into Act 3


  1. Title Page
  2. Scene Headings
  3. Font and Margins
  4. Screenplay formatting SW (Industry Standard)


  1. Character Identity
  2. The Five Cs
  3. Dialogue Dos and Don’ts
  4. V.O. vs O.S. & O.S. vs. O.C.

WEEK 5: ACTION Dos and Don’ts

  1. EXT. vs INT. vs EXT./INT.
  2. Show don’t Tell
  3. Inserts, Supers
  4. Phone Conversations & Intercuts
  5. Ellipsis, Dashes, and Stacked Action


  1. Put It In A Drawer
  2. Get It Out And Fix It
  3. Get Other Writers To Read It
  4. Fix It And Send It Out


Betty Kim Lierman with her dog

Betty Kim is a screenwriter, children’s book author, singer, songwriter, actor, and former ballet dancer. She has been active in the Northwest Screenwriters Guild, serving as president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, and head of the compendium. She is featured in Save the Cat Strikes Back for her pitching method. She has taught her pitch method at TheFilmSchool, the NWSG, and SIFF. She focuses on writing feature length comedies and children’s books.

Wally Lane 1

Wally Lane is a former Boardmember of the Northwest Screenwriters Guild (NWSG). He is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, a published poet, and has written articles and book reviews for several publications, including Journey. Wally’s film, “Winos & Pigeons”, was honored at WorldFest Houston. As long-time Chairman of the NWSG’s Compendium committee, Wally has mentored hundreds of new screenwriters by helping them write to “Industry Standard.”

Wally has been writing screenplays since 1990. He and his writing partner, Wash Phillips, have scores of screenplays completed or in development across a wide range of genres. Many of these scripts either have been or are currently optioned.

Wally is an alumnus of the U. of W. Extension Certificate Program in Screenwriting and The Film School, a Seattle-based institution of national repute. He is also a former panelist at the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s and the Surrey International Writers Conference’s annual Writing Conferences.



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