Write Your Screenplay

Write Your Screenplay: Level 1

With: Dan Gunderman

Meets:

weekly

Saturdays 9:30am-12:30pm EST

January 12, 2019 - February 9, 2019

4 sessions

No class Jan. 26th

Price: $375

Includes free one-on-one consultation

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THINK LIKE A WRITER

It all starts here. In 2005, I taught the first version of this screenwriting class in my living room. It has since become the foundation of everything we teach at Jacob Krueger Studio.

To me, it’s more than just a screenwriting class. It’s a place where writers of all levels of experience can come together to build a community, and where you can develop not only a mastery of the craft, but also an authentic voice as an artist.

So, whether you are a new writer or a seasoned professional, come with your biggest dreams and an open mind, and allow me and my faculty to show you a new way of thinking about screenwriting that breaks out of the tired old formulas and pushes past your own inner censors.

You may find that you don’t just change your writing but also change your life.

— Jacob Krueger

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Forever Change The Way You View Screenwriting.

Rather than imposing formulaic models from the outside, you’ll learn to organically “grow” your script, from initial idea, to character, to scene, to act, to the movie you’ve always dreamed of writing.

Jump Start Your Writing.

Whether you’re a young writer picking up the pen for the first time, or an old pro looking to inject new life into your writing, this exciting four week workshop will teach you a whole new way of looking at the fundamentals, and help you integrate your artistic goals into your real world life.

A Special Emphasis On In-Class Writing.

Experience our mind opening in-class writing exercises, designed to get you writing and keep you writing. Under our careful guidance, you will learn how to get your creativity flowing at will, to create the kinds of scenes that you’ve always wanted to write.

A Community That Fuels Your Creative Fire.

Our groundbreaking approach to feedback fosters a close-knit community of fellow writers, whose only goal is to support you in yours. Together, you’ll discover a new form of feedback that keeps the focus on what really matters: your story and how you want to tell it.

Build A Writing Lifestyle.

This workshop will teach you more than just great writing. It will prepare you to make writing a permanent part of your life. Along the way, you’ll learn how to overcome writer’s block, self doubt, procrastination, and other obstacles to build the writing life you have always wanted for yourself.

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  • The best "how to screenwrite" class I've found yet. I've spent the past two years studying, full time, everything that I could find, and you presented ideas in class (such as visual specificity) that I haven't encountered anywhere else.--Quentin E.
  • I tremendously enjoyed the seven act structure emphasis! Jake is fabulous! - Assita C.
  • Take this class! If you seriously want to write a screenplay, you need to take Jake’s class! - LR
  • Jake is great! Very charismatic and knowledgable. He’s extremely helpful at dispelling the myths about the industry, his humor shows his love of this medium ad how much he loves teaching. - James H
  • Jake is energetic and passionate. He approaches writing from an organic place and as a new writer, I feel like I finally have a stronger foundation! - Rachel H
  • There is a systematic thought process involved in Jake’s classes! I only wish there were more of them! My advice would be, forget any other writing program, go to the Jacob Krueger Studio! - Janice A

Upcoming Write Your Screenplay Classes

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Write Your Screenplay - Level 1

with: Dan Gunderman

Saturdays 9:30am-12:30pm EST

January 12th - February 9th

No class Jan. 26th

$375

(Need a payment plan?)

Write Your Screenplay - Level 1

with: Jacob Krueger

Thursday nights 7pm-10pm EST

January 17th - February 7th

$375

(Need a payment plan?)

Write Your Screenplay - Level 1

with: Jacob Krueger

Thursday nights 7pm-10pm EST

February 21st - March 14th

$375

(Need a payment plan?)

Write Your Screenplay - Level 1

with: Jacob Krueger

WEEKEND INTENSIVE 11am-6pm EST

March 9th - March 10th

$375

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Reviews

  • David B.

    Took Jake’s class three times. This guy is the real deal. Great mind, generous with his time.

  • Brady W

    I was really impressed with the way Jake presented the story elements, I was always looking at the car for the sake of the car, but Jake opened the hood, took everything apart and put it all back together again.

  • Paolo J

    I didn’t expect to actually achieve any results but Jake helped me to see the hidden realities.

  • Astrid V B

    I love the energy, clarity and of course all the information!

  • Maureen C

    This course gave me a starting point, it gave me conceptual ideas that I was able to put to use immediately.

  • Joyce R

    For the first time I’m writing with a purpose.

  • Susan B

    Jake’s positivity is so overwhelmingly encouraging. He’s truly inspirational.

  • Donna G

    I love Jake’s enthusiasm, honesty and his ability to inspire! I’m finally making headway on my script and I can truthfully say that I learned a lot!

  • Anon

    Jake’s class helped me to get started on my project, it gave me new ideas of how to approach the structure of my script and more freedom in my writing.

  • Jaron N

    It’ll be the best investment you make for screenwriting.

  • Maggie W

    I have an MFA in Creative Writing and a completed manuscript, with Jake’s class I learned how to adapt it to film!

  • Hafsteinn S

    Simple. If you want to be a writer, take this class.

  • Joane C

    This is a great nurturing environment for all levels, there are no rules, just suggestions.

  • Melinda P

    You won’t find a better teacher or coach than Jake! He’ll take your writing to the next level!

  • Sandy G

    I love the workshopping aspect! The diverse styles give me a selection of ways to think about things!

  • Joshua G

    This class woke me up out a dormant writing period and got me thinking the way a writer should think!

  • David M

    This class is great for a beginner, it’s chock full of info and examples!

  • Frank I

    Jake showed me how to use emotion to write a story, which for me was new because it’s my first foray into writing.

  • Caroline D

    Jake got me considerably unstuck, I’m thinking in a new way and on a whole other level.

  • Ben W

    Jake helped me to think about story in a whole new way.

  • Jay S

    Jake’s enthusiasm and razor sharp vision cut clearly to the heart of the issues discussed. He brilliant, and I’m making an understatement.

  • Claire I

    Jake is great at breaking down current films to illustrate points so I could understand, I also loved the feedback from fellow peers.

  • Anon

    Jake is great at helping to highlight what doesn’t work and get rid of it!

  • Alain A

    Expect to do some reading in this class, but it’s all worth it for what you gain in knowledge!

  • Assita C

    I tremendously enjoyed the seven act structure emphasis! This instructor is fabulous!

  • Sasha

    I now know where to go with my main character!

  • LR

    Take this class! If you seriously want to write a screenplay, you need to take Jake’s class!

  • Orlando P

    All the information was so inspiring and interesting, take notes you’ll learn a lot!

  • Jonathan M

    Jake provides a learning experience, he’s blunt while being open minded.

  • SP

    The feedback and help that Jake provides is awesome!

  • Jason P

    Jake helped me to think about the content that I’ve already written but have delayed getting back to, as well as what I can delay from them.

  • James H

    Jake is great! Very charismatic and knowledgable. He’s extremely helpful at dispelling the myths about the industry, his humor shows his love of this medium ad how much he loves teaching.

  • Sujay P

    Jake is very attentive, working hard to help really strengthen each writers’ script. I encourage you to take this class!

  • YJK

    A very comfortable and well managed atmosphere. Everyone was nice and helpful with their criticism.

  • Victoria V

    I like the opportunity to workshop a complete script, as well as hear other people’s work. I learn how to give feedback as well as receive.

  • Carolyn C

    Jake’s delivery is amazing, such a great orator, full of analogies between writing and life.

  • Jane R

    The description of the character’s journey is very engaging and dynamic.

  • Ashley A

    I like the unique approach to film using a seven act story structure.

  • Cary P

    I loved all the technical info on film structure and the background info on film production.

  • Harry H.

    Take it! You’ll definitely learn something!

  • Angela S

    I loved Jake’s energy and how he approaches the seven act structure!

  • Naledi

    Jake taches a seven act structure that stopped me from writing haphazardly. He is eye-opening and insightful!

  • Carrie P

    Jake teaches in a way that is super informative–be prepared to take notes!

  • Maggie S

    Jake is clear and enthusiastic. I would recommend this class to playwrights as well as screenwriters!

  • Tanvi D

    Jake’s lectures are insightful and profound. I literally learned something every second of class and that helped me to clarify my understanding of story. It helped me to consolidate everything I have read and clarify what I knew and more importantly what I didn’t know about screenwriting!

  • Vinny

    This is the ideal place for writers who need help opening up!

  • Shelah M

    Jake expanded my learning of basic screenwriting to now include the 7 act structure.

  • Kevin D

    I have more trust and confidence in the unknown. I no longer ‘have to know’ everything, I just trust my intuition!

  • Chad R

    Jake helps to provide the groundwork for how to write a movie, I no longer feel like I’m shooting in the dark.

  • Harry H

    Jake helped me to focus better, stay on track and work on writing the character.

  • Alex A

    I Learned how to complete a movie!

  • Rebecca O

    Jake simplified the complex!

  • Gerry H

    Jake dispelled the overwhelming feeling of screenwriting for me!

  • Laura P

    Very entertaining presentation with useful and practical content!

  • Connie W

    Inspiring, insightful & informative!

  • Paula D

    You’re kick-ass and knowledgeable!

  • James T

    Jake inspires writers to be motivated to write!

  • Felicia B

    I soaked up Jake’s information like a sponge, I’ve also applied it to reading more scripts and gaining personal insight.

  • Tisha F

    Interesting and inspiring as well as motivational!

  • Jack D

    Structure must come organically!

  • Dom C

    This class will change your perspective for the writing process and make it achievable!

  • Linda R.

    I’m learning to trust my intuition as a writer, this is very important!

  • Henry G

    This is the best screenwriting workshop I’ve ever taken!

  • Brandon P

    I discovered the weak points and parts with more precise ideas and language, not just amping things up.

  • Bill M

    With Jake I gain more insight into my characters and I learn more every step of the way

  • Marvin A

    Jake kickstarted my writing with intention again, thank you Jake!

  • Randa

    I got to see how intricate a screenplay is, and I love watching the elements come together.

  • Kristin

    Jake gave me the inspiration and the empowerment to start writing again!

  • Darius D

    I love learning about character development and the structure of an act.

  • Dhruv K

    I love it when Jake says, “I’m gonna push you harder”. It makes me truly feel his investment in my success!

  • Rayna W

    Jake helped me to write Action better than I ever did before!

  • Sandra N

    I really got a lot from learning about description, action, dialogue and act structure.

  • Adrienne L

    Jake is an amazing teacher! His information is IMMEDIATELY helpful. As a new writer, I felt that others were lightyears ahead of me, it’s good to know that we’re all really on the same path.

  • Sam B

    Jake is very inspirational and thought provoking. He will help you get your ideas structured and his advice will help your writing in ways you can’t even begin to imagine!

  • Julia M

    Jake brings such an enormous energy, passion and commitment to his teachings. He is so engaging that the time just flies by! What helped me most was actually turning in pages for critique. Getting someone’s view on what I’d written took me out of my own insecurities and helped me to write better!

  • Rayna W

    Jake helped me write action so much better than I did before his class.

  • Sandra N

    Jake really helped with dialogue and its’ relation to an actor.

  • Adrienne L

    Feeling like I was light years behind the curve was quickly dismissed by Jake who encouraged me to do my best and trust my voice!

  • Sam B

    Jake is inspirational and thought provoking, he helped me to better structure my ideas!

  • Rachel H

    Jake is energetic and passionate. He approaches writing from an organic place and as a new writer, I feel like I finally have a stronger foundation!

  • Diana H

    Jake helped me to learn about structure and to focus on the characters ‘wants’.

  • Seth M

    I would tell anyone that this place is truly beneficial if you really want to FUCK YOUR DAY JOB and WRITE YOUR SCREENPLAY!

  • Michael M

    Jake inspired me! He taught me a lot that I didn’t know before.

  • Sean S

    Jake is a great speaker and an equally great listener! He outlines what’s beneficial and helped me to decide what is important in my piece.

  • Armina

    Jake has a method to his madness, I thoroughly enjoyed him!

  • Janice A

    There is a systematic thought process involved in Jake’s classes! I only wish there were more of them! My advice would be, forget any other writing program, go to the Jacob Krueger Studio!

  • Diane O

    Jake has the ability to cover a lot of material and still be enthusiastic! He inspired me to write, he is a one-man motivational team!

  • William

    I love the atmosphere here! Very calm, nurturing and safe!

  • Liz

    I finally had the opportunity, through Jake, to write through without expectations.

  • Mary

    Jake is a great teacher! He’s terrific at conveying his knowledge and enthusiasm for film and writing.

  • Alice

    Jake taught me how to develop a ‘writer’s lifestyle’.

  • Louise

    Jake has a candid understanding of human experience and that comes through in his acceptance of his students and in cinema.

  • Rebecca

    I liked learning about this style of writing

  • Dean

    I really enjoyed the way Jake approached the idea of “no right way to write a screenplay”.

  • Holly

    Everything you write is in one way or another uniquely you. Even the bad writing leads to the good stuff eventually!

  • Emelyn

    Jake’s lectures are informative, well-structured and engaging!

  • Jordan

    I love the positive and individual approach! Jake is inspiring!

  • Tom

    Jake is an amazing instructor! He’s great at making you understand the qualities needed for a great script!

  • Andrea

    This class helped me to understand the character’s journey and how best to bring that out.

  • Daniela Garcia Marquez (verified owner)

    Taking Jake’s “Write your screenplay” along with Jessica’s “Meditative writing” was the perfect combo and what it took to give me that necessary push into writing like no one ever did before. The fact that english is not my first language was not an issue at all. Both teachers were always respectful and attentive, and created a cool trusting environment between everyone that were taking their class. Can’t wait to go back to NYC and take more classes with Jake.

  • Elaine Y

    The energy and ease with which content was generated made it much easier to learn and comprehend the study and art of screenwriting.

  • Janine M

    I loved the energy Jake brought the class and the genuine passion he has for nurturing the writer in each and every student!

  • Alexa D

    Jake was extremely engaging. I’m very new to this and it helped me approach screenwriting in a way I didn’t expect.

  • Kim P

    I liked learning about screenwriting and used this information to help me decide if this truly is the path for me.

  • Ani S-K

    The lectures really helped me get to the heart of my characters and feel less self conscious about getting messy. This has made my writing much stronger!

  • Lauren L

    This class helped to motivate me to write everyday. He encouraged me with guidelines rather than rules and helped me to notice things about structure and character so it becomes more second nature on my own!

  • Elizabeth S

    This teacher is great, he’s thorough, enthusiastic and encouraging. He helped me with my character development and finding the through-line for my story.

  • Lawrence B

    This professor is a very cool guy who knows his craft and obviously enjoys his work. He gave me confidence to pursue my passion even further!

  • Lorenzo D

    This teacher is amazing! He motivates me using examples to better illustrate his points.

  • Rumene T

    The teacher was very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions, he helped guide the logical side of my process.

  • Sara C

    Jake is a powerhouse lecturer! I found his teaching more than helpful and his focus on creative freedom refreshing! He is so positive and makes even looking at the tough parts I’ve written easy and with positive eyes!

  • Stellios M

    I didn’t know how to write a script and after working with Jake I know formatting and now I’m moving right along!

  • Tarin S

    Jake is great at bolstering confidence. He says to learn and to not be afraid to fail, just get started!

  • David B.

    I love how Jake gives examples of what works and what doesn’t in movies. Everyone who is a screenwriter should attend this class-it’s the best!

  • Petra S.

    Jake helped me burst my writers block and gave me ways to deal with my inner critic! I’m already spreading the word around town!

  • Julia M

    Jake is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his field! He is able to answer any question and break down any problem to make it easier to understand and tackle!

  • Linus R

    Jake is a genius! I feel lucky to have studied with him!

  • Yohana D

    Jake is a natural teacher, he is incredibly knowledgeable and delivers the information in a way that is memorable!

  • Joe A

    Jake helped me to focus more on what my stories were about. I just wish that it were more than four weeks long…

  • Lander

    Jake helped me to fill in the gaps since I’ve returned to writing, his enthusiasm helped me form a new approach to my writing.

  • Lacy D

    Jake has such a fantastic energy! It’s like is Spielberg and Cruise from Magnolia came together and had a baby, that would be Jake! He’s approachable and helps build confidence! I believe I can do this!

  • Ros B.

    Jake is fab! He provides an over-arcing structure and support for writing that really helps me in my writing of my own screenplay!

  • Jimmy M

    Jacob is honest and his experience and openness both encouraged me to be honest and open with myself as well as be confident in my abilities. He has amazing energy and it shows with his intricate breakdown of storytelling and screenwriting lessons.

  • Gene D

    Jake helped me understand structure as well as character wants and needs. He was awesome!

  • Shelia R

    Jake helped me to structure my scripts, which was very problematic for me. He was easy to understand and had a great energy.

  • Umit S

    Jake has a great teaching style that helped me even though I’m a beginner. He gives great commentary as well as encouraging feedback.

  • Jenn H

    I love Jake! He helped me to focus on the art instead of the paradigms that surround writing. The tools he gave me were easy to apply to my craft.

  • Jon B

    Jake motivated me, he gave me goals which pushed me to write!

  • Liana S

    Jake is engaging, interactive and has an enthusiastic delivery. He’s very passionate about what he does!

  • Anthony S

    Jake helped me as a writer to take more risks, he gave me the confidence to turn any subject into a story. He makes writing fun and interesting–I want more!

  • Raymond A

    Jake gave me a very clear overview of the road ahead. He taught me how to break down the info into smaller spoon fed nuggets.

  • Linda K

    Jake has a fantastic energy, he offers new ways of seeing my characters that had previously not occurred to me.

  • Tony P

    This course demystified the screenwriting process for me. Jake was very knowledgeable, helpful and a pillar of movtivation to the students.

  • Bill G

    I loved Jake’s advice on building structure through my character’s wants. It actually was easy to apply to a script I’m revising–most specifically creating obstacles and torturing my characters. He is a tour de force, he thinks quickly on his feet, and he’s super generous!

  • Shawn

    Jacob was fantastic; Exceptionally informative and like Ms. Shinover. Among one of my best teachers ever.

  • Sarah Lyons

    A tour de force. Super fast on his feet, super generous, enthusiastic. Great stuff.

  • Michael S (verified owner)

    Jacob is energetic and to the point. He’s helped me understand and develop my own technique, offering his way of writing as well as his friend’s. He doesn’t have an ego and doesn’t care if you write HIS way, all he cares about is that you write, and often. And if it’s not going well, write even more, as badly as you can, just to keep going because eventually something good will come out of it. It’s a ton of fun learning from him, even if you’re stuck in LA and have to watch it online like me 🙂

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