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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
Your talented young writer, laptop open, instantly capturing the essence of creating a captivating screenplay that leaves the audience spellbound.
Here at Screenwriting Kids, we believe in going beyond the ordinary. Our course teaches kids and teens how to dig deep, unearthing the emotional core of their stories--because it's those meaningful connections that truly captivate and make budding screenwriters stand out, winning awards and paving the way to successful careers.
No need to wait until adulthood to chase those big screen dreams! We're here to equip young writers with the necessary tools that aren't typically taught at their age. We'll show them how to infuse their stories with emotion, create powerful connections, and deliver messages that leave a lasting impact.
Forget about rigid formulas; this is all about exploring feelings, forging connections, and finding the deeper meaning. Through our program, kids and teens will take their writing to new heights, gaining the confidence to share their stories with the world and turn their aspirations of becoming professional, award-winning screenwriters into reality.
But there's one problem...
Screenwriting Kids helps young writers who don't have...
So they are not left frustrated, lost and confused.
I get it! Writing is not easy.
And learning how to write a screenplay takes strategy, skill and a clear understanding of how a story really works.
I utilize the Inside-Out Story Brilliance Method to help young writers create emotionally compelling screenplays for short films. The 90-day program teaches aspiring screenwriters how to get to the emotional core of their story so that it will make a truly meaningful impact and cause their work to standout in the competitive playing field of screenwriting. Understanding how to write in ways that communicate a powerful message while connecting an audience to something deeply meaningful will help to set them on the path to becoming successful screenwriters.
Working with a DEVOTED PROFESSIONAL WRITING COACH will give your child the competitive edge they need to next-level their writing skills and fast track their screenwriting dreams. Students who enroll in our VIP program have the opportunity to produce their screenplay into a short film that they can submit to film festivals designed for kids and teens.
This is a unique opportunity for your child to get their stories out into the world.
Not only is screenwriting a fun and exciting way for kids/teens to express themselves, but it can also lead to valuable career opportunities in the film and television industry.
Hi, it's me...Debbie! Screenwriting Kids Founder and...
Writing Coach \ Mentor \ Cheerleader
Which is why kids who want to become successful screenwriters should enroll in...
Create Awesome Screenplays
Building Future Storytellers: Empowering Kids to Shape Their Narrative Voice
With our expertly crafted curriculum, your child will discover the techniques of professional screenwriting, learn how to craft compelling characters, and master the art of writing memorable scenes and stories that leave an impact. We provide a supportive and engaging learning environment where your child can explore their imagination, gain confidence in their writing abilities, and unlock their storytelling genius!
Interested in PRIVATE COACHING?
Feel free to correspond with me via email, video/text chat or call me at 310-295-1214 for more information regarding our private coaching programs.
How To Write A Screenplay
Personalized 1:1 coaching on creating a screenplay for a short film that's ready to enter screenwriting competitions. (To gain exposure.)
How To Film A Screenplay
Students receive quick and easy-to-follow video training on filmmaking with an iPhone taught by a professional filmmaker. (To prepare to enter film festivals.)
How To Pitch A Screenplay
Students learn how to communicate their project to industry professionals, building confidence and communication skills.
Live Coaching Special Events
Students participate in SPECIAL LIVE COACHING EVENTS to analyze short films to further build on their storytelling and critical thinking skills.
Building the Next Generation of Screenwriters!
Our Create Awesome Screenplays program is where screenwriting is not treated as a hobby but as a
PASSION and a PROFESSION.
Plain and simple. Kids become better writers after taking this course. And they come out on the other side with very valuable products--an awesome screenplay and short film--the greatest currency of emerging screenwriters!
And receiving one-on-one guidance from a caring, supportive coach who is passionate about seeing young writers succeed is the secret sauce to help young writers go from dream to screen!
I bet you didn't you know...
KIDS WORK AS PROFESSIONAL SCREENWRITERS!
If your child has a passion to write professionally, in hopes of having their work sold and produced, it's not an impossible feat.
See what these young writers were able to accomplish:
ABC Television Black-Ish star, Marsai Martin set the Guinness World Record as the youngest executive producer for a major film at age 14.
Nicholas Buamah created his own sitcom, Nick's House, where he is the
Executive Producer at age 11.
Esabella Anna Karena Strickland became an award-winning screenwriter
at age 15. Her films were shown at the Cannes Film Festival.
Racer Max Rodriguez shared a writing credit on The Adventures of
Sharkboy & Lavagirl In 3-D at age 8.
Kody Keplinger authored her debut novel The DUFF, which she wrote when she was 17 years old and later became a movie.
Christopher Paolini wrote his debut novel at age 15 which later became a movie.
Hana Makhmalbaf at age 8, made her first short film, The Day My Aunt Was ILL which received international attention at Locarno Film Festival. At age 14, Hana's film Joy of Madness premiered at Venice Film Festival 2003 and received three international awards.
Parents of Enthusiastic Writers
But there's HOPE...
It's frustrating for your child to have all these great story ideas and not knowing what to do with them.
There's so much involved in writing a great script that it can be intimidating, leaving kids feeling stuck--not knowing where to begin or end.
Or, what if perfectionism is getting in the way? Blocking creativity.
Maybe they're afraid to begin a story because they think it won't be good enough. So it never even gets started.
And then there are those who don't have a story idea but really want to write a screenplay.
They don't know where to begin. Or how to come up with story ideas that will translate into a great screenplay.
I show young writers how to break through resistance, use their voice, and write their stories. Regardless of roadblocks they have faced in the past.
My students learn how to write from the inside out, in order to truly connect with their story and what they are relaying to their audience. Emotional resonance is key when it comes to crafting a great story.
My Inside Out Story System and personalized approach helps students discover the true heart of their stories.
Inexperienced writers learn how to take clear, actionable steps to write a solid story that connects with an audience intellectually and emotionally.
Writers know, we don't just tell stories to tell them. We tell stories to impact others.
So it's important to understand how to write these stories in compelling ways.
Create Awesome Screenplay course BONUSES!
In addition to all of the personalized coaching, written feedback, and personalized support, we prepare our students with the tools they need to become professionals writers.
VIP bonus 1
Students receive help submitting their screenplays to screenwriting competitions designed for kids/teens to gain exposure for their projects.
VIP Bonus 2
Students receive help submitting their short films to film festivals designed for kids/teens to gain exposure for their projects.
VIP Bonus 3
Our film editing team will make sure student's films are ready to submit to film festivals for consideration.
Screenwriting Kids is An Approved Vendor With The Below California Charter School Clients
Our AMAZING screenwriting program is available at these California Charter schools.
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About Our Founder,
Debbie is a talented writing coach who holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a recipient of the prestigious Disney Fellowship where she wrote for Disney/ABC Family.
Debbie was a Staff Writer for the ABC Family Drama Lincoln Heights and a script reader for the Disney Fellowship Program. Debbie is currently a volunteer writing mentor with the amazing non-profit organization WriteGirl, and is in the process of producing a Young Adult fiction novel.
Since 2008, Debbie has taught young writers the power of telling a great story that delivers an impactful message through fully realized characters and compelling plots.
Debbie puts her entire heart into empowering young writers to be empowered to use their voice and tell their stories.
SCHEDULE A CALL to learn more about this AMAZING opportunity to help your child develop into a brilliant storyteller so they can achieve their screenwriting dreams.
Here’s what people are saying about the
Frank Bennett Gonzalez
Former Director, Talent Development Disney ABC Television Group and current DGA Executive in Charge of Diversity Programs and Committees
Debbie is an exceptional person and an outstanding screenwriter. Her passion for children and skill with story and characters make her an INCREDIBLE teacher for the next generation of creative writers.
Former VP Programming and Development ABC Family and current Head of Development and Programming Facebook Watch
Debbie is a talented and gifted writer that has a lot to offer young people seeking television and screenwriting careers. She is a wonderful storyteller with the unique ability to capture her audience with interesting and strong character driven scripts.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our course is designed to help students complete their screenplay for a short film (five to ten minutes) in 90-days. However, it is up to the student to keep up with their writing schedule and course material.
We will help you! The course is designed to stir up creative ideas that will bring you to a fully realized story. Plus, during the first year of enrollment, students have 1:1 access with their writing coach to ask any questions.
In the industry, we call the written feedback, script coverage. As long as the screenplay is completed within the first year of enrollment, the student will receive written feedback on the first draft of their script. We aim for every student to complete their script within 90-days.
Students do have the opportunity to receive feedback on a second draft at an additional fee.
We have a way of making advanced writing skills accessible to different age groups. And students have access to their writing coach during the first year of enrollment.
However, we do offer special group training to young writers. Contact us for more details.
Yes. There is a module in the course that covers how to pitch as well as getting scripts ready for screenwriting contests.
Students enrolled in the V.I.P course have the option to purchase additional live 1:1 coaching packages.
Yes. We do provide a course on writing a feature length screenplay (90-110 page maximum). You can call or email for more details.
However, we do advise taking the short film screenwriting course first. It takes a lot of time and discipline to write a full-length script and it's best to learn the core storytelling components of a script, before diving into feature screenplays. There are a number of storytelling and structural elements that are different when it comes to writing a feature length screenplay. Baby steps! : )
Our Create Awesome Screenplays Premium and V.I.P level courses are only for writing a screenplay for a short film (five to ten pages/minutes).
However, we do offer television writing training to
kids ages 13 to 17. Contact us for more details
This was an excellent class for my 12-year-old daughter, Alexis. Debbie has a wonderful gift with kids. And her curriculum challenged and inspired my daughter to write her very best. I’m so glad I stumbled upon Debbie’s website. We’ve been looking for screenwriting instruction for kids for awhile, but had no luck until we were fortunate enough to find Screenwriting Kids!
Joanne Glenn ● Mom of student age 12
I'm so grateful for the level of engagement you've provided which has created an interest in a subject that is so new to my boys. They've learnt so much from you beyond the screenplay and both of their Literacy teachers at school sent me feedback on their impressive abilities in character analysis and analysis of scenarios. I have no doubt in my mind that this is directly linked to the work and experience you've given them.
Rasha Al-Naibari ● Mom of students ages 8 and 9
Zane Nelson - age 9
I had so much fun with this writing course. This course helped me to understand the deeper meaning of stories and storytelling. Time seemed to fly by and sadly it ended.
Justine eyre - zane's mom
Debbie, huge thanks to you for the class, Zane had such a blast and his understanding and love of storytelling grew under your tutelage! We so look forward to hearing his script read aloud.
Danielle LaToof - THomas' mom
Over the summer, my son showed an interest in screenwriting, and wanted to learn more. We found Mrs. Debbie's course online and decide to give it a try. Immediately, Thomas began pointing out different terminology that he learned through her coursework as we watched movies or television shows. I was totally amazed!
After each stage of the coursework was completed, a zoom meeting with Mrs. Debbie was scheduled to review his progress and to discuss any questions. She was always punctual, patient, and thorough in making sure he grasped the concepts that she was teaching for that particular platform of her course. I would highly recommend this course for any young screenwriter, because it was easy for my son to follow. He was able to learn at his own pace, and Mrs. Debbie was always quick to help him in any way possible.
Mrs. Debbie helped to build his confidence as both a student and as a screenwriter. Furthermore, my son took the work that he completed through Mrs. Debbie's course and entered several screenwriting competitions. He went on to win "Best Screenwriter" and "Best Script!" Our son has come so far with the help and guidance of Mrs. Debbie. This course has been an amazing experience for my son!
Thank you, Mrs. Debbie!