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Advanced screenwriting mastery chapter four thrillers.

Advanced Screenwriting Mastery
Chapter Four: Thrillers and Mystery

Thrillers are elevated, bombastic drama, with escalating stakes, compelling mystery, and tightened pace. They are laced with surprise and revelation, and told through relatable characters, often set against a near unsurmountable force or nemesis.

This is why of all genres to master, the thriller is the one that will impact your writing most significantly. No matter the current genre you work in. Readers and producers will thank you for mastering these techniques, in turn edging your script ever closer to the top of the read and recommend pile. 

When: Saturday April 8th
Where: Online and Live (On demand for 1 year)
How Much: £47.99
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In this one-day workshop with Bob, we will learn how Thrillers, and their sub genres: Mystery, Action, and Whodunnit, use powerful yet simple to master techniques to keep everyone on the edge of their seat. And it’s not just guns, fast cars and ticking time bombs. Character, situation, setup and pay off, brevity, motion and related E-motion, dynamism… all help keep the audience asking, ‘what’s going to happen next to these characters I am so invest in?’

If you’re a writer looking to craft a page-turning mystery/thriller screenplay, or one who wants to redraft a script in a different genre, so it too becomes irresistible to the reader, then join us.

Among many other techniques, Bob will share…

  • How to use techniques like pacing, foreshadowing, and red herrings to build tension and keep readers engaged, just like in “Gone Girl,” “Poker Face,” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
  • How to craft complex, multi-dimensional characters that drive the plot and keep readers invested in the story, just like in “Knives Out,” “Glass Onion,” and “Luther”
  • How to use twists and turns to surprise and delight your audience, and provide satisfying reveals at the right moments, just like in “Memento” and “The Sixth Sense”
  • How to use setting and atmosphere to enhance the mood and tone of your story, and create a world that sucks readers in and won’t let them go, just like in “Fargo” and “The X-Files”

The timer is counting down. Is it the red wire or the blue? Join below.

Wait... I want to get access to the entire Screenwriting Mastery series with ALL FIVE workshops...​

Get ALL FIVE of the live workshops, plus two additional pre-recorded classes for £199.

You can select individual workshops above OR buy the All Genres Package for £199 below and spend the next three months immersed in story, screenwriting and taking your career to the next level.

*All workshops are available online for one year.

Online Workshops In the series included in the £199 deal

Advanced Screenwriting Mastery Chapter One: Horror
Saturday 25th February
Dive into the abyss… MORE HERE

Advanced Screenwriting Mastery Chapter Two: Drama
Saturday 11th March
The Beating Heart of ALL Screenplays… MORE HERE


Advanced Screenwriting Mastery Chapter Three: Comedy
Saturday 25th March
Every single script is improved with at least SOME laughter… MORE HERE


Advanced Screenwriting Mastery Chapter Four: Thrillers
Saturday 8th April
What happens next? Master the WHY of what keeps people turning the page… MORE HERE

Advanced Screenwriting Mastery Chapter Five: Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Saturday April 22nd
Master the DNA of why Sci-Fi and Fantasy HOOKS audiences so effectively. The BIG idea and creating credible and compelling worlds… MORE HERE


*BONUS ONE… Writing The Biopic: Based on True Stories (ON DEMAND NOW)
Free when you sign up to the Master ALL Genres Package, just £199 (for seven online workshops)… MORE HERE


*BONUS TWO… Any Additional Workshop FREE (complete list below)
Free when you sign up to the Master ALL Genres Package, just £199 (for seven online workshops)… MORE HERE

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‘It was clearly structured, with brilliant advice and watching the clips was very helpful. It’s one of the best courses I’ve been on. The workshop part helped me look at my script in a new light – looking at those intense, emotion-laden, visually memorable moments which sum up relationship or theme. Brilliant!’
Amy Sparkes // Writer

Select Your BONUS Online Worskhop from the list below when you sign up...

  • Writing The Perfect Nemesis For Your Story
    Something Wicked This Way Comes… Writing The Perfect Nemesis For Your Story. Any irresistible story requires an authentic, relatable, formidable, memorable opponent.
  • Nemesis II: Revelations
    It’s one thing to know your foe… It’s another thing to know their path, how to track them, and how to have your characters defeat them in the most deeply satisfying ways.
  • Writing To Get Produced
    The Art, Craft and Business of the Low Budget Film Script.
  • Writing The Pilot
    The Gateway To TV and Streaming Success.
  • Writing The Killer One Pager POPULAR
    The One Pager is an essential link in the chain that your screenplay will pass along. It will be read WAY more than your screenplay, by agents, sales agents, producers, broadcasters, directors.
  • Write Like Quentin Tarantino: The Ten Screenwriting Commandments
    Love him or loathe him, Tarantino is an undeniable talent. His writing charms critics, seduces award givers and dazzles audiences…
  • Mastering The Meaning
    Mastering The Meaning: Adding Rocket Fuel To Theme and Subtext In Your Script.
  • The Ten Commandments of Aaron Sorkin POPULAR
    While no-one can write just like Aaron Sorkin, except Aaron Sorkin, we can all learn from his writing. Six hour masterclass with exercises.
  • Writer’s Voice
    How To Write With Sizzle and Substance While Retaining YOUR Authenticity​.
  • Crafting The Killer First Act
    Act One… In the Beginning, YOU create the Heavens and the Earth.
  • Demystifying Act 2: Where GREAT Scripts Go To Thrive
    Maintaining momentum and mystery, while exploring character arcs and themes, building plot, tensions and careening toward that satisfying conclusion is the heavy lifting of screenwriting.
  • Writing The KILLER Final Act
    Learn how to take your great story, characters, universe, themes and situations and craft them into an inevitable, deeply satisfying and explosive Final Act.
  • Comedy Drama Masterclass: Ted Lasso
    The 10 TV Writing Commandments of Ted Lasso.
  • Mastering The Moment
    Writing THAT Scene That EVERYONE Talks About and Producers Want.
  • The Non Traditional Protagonist
    Beyond The Conventions: Writing The Non Traditional Protagonist.
  • Spellbinding Emotional Impact: Enthralling Your Reader
    Reconnect with elevated emotional writing, story and characters that elevates YOUR screenplay into a GREAT READ and to the recommend pile.

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I will sign up below, to get the five LIVE Screenwriting Mastery Workshops (on-demand for a year too).
As a bonus I will also get the two additional on-demand workshops…

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‘I have written drama for twenty-five years but despite of all writing experiences I get a lot of inspiration and new angles during the work shops with Bob. My entire body and mind are giggling from my happy expectations every time I enter LSW and Bob’s workshops.’
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‘Bob is the best scriptwriting teacher I’ve ever had. I love everything about this course.’
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‘I felt that the points were just as relevant to all forms of fiction, so that made it more appealing.’
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‘It was just such a lovely mix of practical advice and real inspiration – just joyful and empowering too. Full of nuggets of wisdom, inspiration, practical information and warmth. I can’t recommend it highly enough. It teaches how to write, how to have a successful career and stay inspired at the same time. Thanks so much Bob!’
Varsha Shah, Screenwriter

This series is run by screenwriter Bob Schultz. For more than 20 years, Bob has been training screenwriters , helping thousands of writers clarify their stories, reorganise their ideas and build confidence to bring the very best version of any writer, to the opportunities they create.

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