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The Screenwriters Toolkit

Jim Uhls

The Screenwriters Toolkit

Jim Uhls

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3 The Three-Act Structure Duration:01:23
4 Creating Your Lead Character Duration:12:13
7 How to Build a Scene Duration:16:21
8 Student Scene Breakdowns Duration:31:30
12 Teleplay: Five Act Structure Duration:02:38
13 How to Create a Series Duration:10:33
14 Creating the Pilot Duration:06:45
15 Creating the Seasons Duration:23:07
16 Advice for Just Starting Duration:11:06
17 How to Get an Agent Duration:10:52
18 The Pitch & The Notes Meeting Duration:10:41
19 How to Deal with Uncertainty Duration:11:50
21 Final Q & A Duration:10:13

Class Description

Screenwriting classes often either lean too heavily on theory or simply study the technical approach to writing without a greater context for its use, as if the act of screenwriting exists in a vacuum – it does not. In The Screenwriters Toolkit with Jim Uhls, you’ll learn both the nuts and bolts of the craft, as well as its relationship to getting your work read and ultimately produced.

Jim’s sceenwriting credits include the modern classic “Fight Club” the feature-film "Jumper" the NBC television film "Semper Fi" and the SyFy miniseries "Spin" In this class, he’ll share lessons from his extensive experience writing for Hollywood and the small screen. He’ll teach you how to develop better scripts, get traction for your projects, and navigate the complex professional landscape of script development.

You’ll learn about screenwriting form and content, including:

  • Vocabulary and formats
  • Dialogue vs silence
  • Adapting existing works for the screen
  • Genre-writing

Jim will also share essential insights on developing a career in screenwriting. 

You’ll learn:

  • The differences between writing for television and features
  • Who to work with: agents vs managers vs lawyers
  • How to obtain and manage projects of various sizes and contexts

The Screenwriters Toolkit is a comprehensive examination of screenwriting form, content, craft, and traffic. You’ll learn how to adapt your content to the size, genre, and desired professional result of the script while also learning about the best on-ramps for aspiring writers.


Angelo Mike

This is really good. A lot of exercises I've learned from a former studio writer are exactly what Jim teaches, which I was very glad to see, because it means affirms that being able to write isn't random luck or talent, but dedicated practice using tools to push yourself to write at a level you don't think you can. One of the exercises Jim does, a type of "intuitive" writing in which you keep going without judging or stopping, is something I did every day for six weeks before watching The Screenwriters Toolkit. And now that I've done it, it's transformative. I was thinking today that there's no going back to how I wrote before because I'm changed. There's other good exercises he talks about that are exactly what I've learned elsewhere as well. I know that may sound like a strange form of praise, but I was very pleased to see it, almost like a bit of solidarity from another writer. And this class was only a few dollars and from a guy who wrote one of my favorite movies, so I was thrilled to take part and just hear another voice affirm what I've been learning, who encourages pushing beyond what you're comfortable doing in your writing.

Karla KL Brady

I would definitely recommend this class for first-time screenwriters and writers in general. I'm a novelist that would like to turn a couple of my stories into screen plays. I was mostly interested in the "dos and don'ts" which he supplied in a generous number. He gave a lot of great examples. I enjoyed the format with the students and he pretty much walks you through the entire process, including and especially the three-act structure which can be applicable to novel writing, too. He gave a lot of great examples. I would have liked a more extensive discussion on loglines and writing the action, but this certainly is enough to get you started. For the price, you can't beat it.


I came to this site by accident and then found some well known internet marketers here, who had already been sending me helpful emails and offers for some time, which I have used. What I like about the video contents is, that it is good old-fashioned skills and crafts development, rather than just formulaic, churn it out in big numbers advice. Whether screen writing, script writing, creative writing, news writing, etc. there is a structure and guideline for contents, order, grammar, etc., but the appeal is towards the development of one's creative side. I am normally involved in non-fiction writing, so this is a nice, creative side-kick, which no doubt will help my other work. As prolific author Isaac Asimow said, "If you want to learn to write, then you must write".