Creating and introducing a memorable central character– whether for a feature or television series — is one of the greatest challenges for screenwriters, and one of the most rewarding if you get it right. This lecture will focus on the five vital questions writers need to ask themselves about their protagonist when starting on a new project and offer practical advice on subtle and creative ways to introduce and reveal character that will draw the reader and audience fully into the story before the end of Act One. See LIVING ROOM LECTURES page for more details.

Tickets now available for my lecture series at MIFF.  I’ll be covering Black Comedy, Protagonists, Third Acts, and One Hour TV pilots. For more info, visit:

Wendall in new LA crime anthology LADIES NIGHT

by Wendall Thomas:

My story “Loser Friend”  appears in the upcoming Ladies Night available June 1.

Wendall is thrilled and honored to be working with Christopher Sharp, Jo Dillon, and emerging Australian filmmakers through Screen Queensland’s new PROJECTOR program.

Wendall Lecturing in Newcastle March 18-19

by Wendall Thomas:

For Filmmakers in the North of England: If any of you are interested in improving your secondary characters or your scene/sequence writing, I’ll be focusing on practical advice for both on 18/19 March at Northern Film and Media.  For more information, visit:

THE TAKE Winter 2015 – Registration Now Open

by Wendall Thomas:

Registration is now open for my winter “TAKE” Class, designed to improve your story and pitching skills and offer strategies for industry meetings and for approaching source material.  The class will run on Monday nights 7-10pm from January 12 through March 9 and costs $750.00.  Please see a full course description on the PRIVATE CLASSES page or contact me for details.

While preparing my lectures for the Melbourne Film Festival this year, I came up with a new way of thinking about Secondary Characters. I now have a paradigm which I hope will offer practical help in both creating memorable characters and using them to the best advantage – both structurally and emotionally – in your stories. Lecture will take place OCTOBER 4 from 10am to 5pm. Please see LIVING ROOM LECTURE page for details.

Tickets now available for my lecture series at the Melbourne International Film Festival.  Please check the link below for details:

Whether you’re rewriting or developing a new idea, having a support group and deadlines can make the process faster and less agonizing.  This workshop will be open to both writers who want to get an existing project into shape and those who are embarking on something new. It will run 6/25-8/27 on Wednesday nights 7-10pm and costs $750.00.

From Rick and Ilsa in Casablanca to Butch and Sundance in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Erin Brokovich and Ed Masry in Erin Brokovich, Bertie and Lionel in The King’ s Speech, and Ron and Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club, there are certain screen relationships that take on a life beyond their films, relationships that endure in the public imagination. What sets these relationships apart from the rest? This workshop will focus on the set-ups, conventions and arcs of notable screen relationships and all the other elements they share, giving you the tools to create memorable, lasting screen relationships of your own.