At the Movies: How to Write Like a Hollywood Screenwriter to Move Audiences

Emotive writing skills, structure and visual storytelling secrets of the pros

Presented by:    Ragan 

What can communicators learn from movies like "Up" and "Iron Man"? Plenty. Each offers a master class on how to weave emotion into a story, delivering an unforgettable audience experience. We'll show you how to apply this powerful technique in Ragan's Online Course, our latest training innovation that combines fun with a self-paced online course. In about the time needed to watch one of those acclaimed movies, you'll learn the Hollywood secrets to elevate your most essential skill as a communicator—writing—by hitting emotional hot buttons to create content that your audiences will engage with, gobble up and act on.

In this Online Course, you'll learn:

  • Emotional experiences: Three pillars of emotionally powerful movies (and any story)
  • Story and structure: Beyond beginning, middle and end—the intricacies of screenplay structure and how to use them to your advantage
  • Character: Traits that make cinematic characters memorable
  • And more!

What, exactly, is an 'Online Course'?

It's a new type of learning experience designed for today's busy communicator who needs in-depth training on the go. Now you can gain those crucial business skills in a fun online course—when it suits your schedule.

Don't miss this unique opportunity!

Price: $549      Insider Price: $449

Join this new self-paced Online Course to elevate your writing, visual storytelling and emotional impact on audiences. You'll never look at movies—or your career—the same.




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Tim Albaugh

Professor of screenwritingUCLA

Tim Albaugh is professor of screenwriting at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television. A co-founder of ProPath Screenwriting, he's also director of the graduate screenwriting and film studies program at Hollins University and a past instructor at Pixar Animation Studios. He wrote "Trading Favors," starring Rosanna Arquette, and has performed uncredited rewrite work for several years. His students have sold scripts to studios and producers, including the Coen Brothers, HBO, Michael Bay, Showtime, Lifetime and Mandalay Entertainment. They've had multiple features produced, including "All Eyez on Me" and "The Machinist," and their TV work includes "blackish," "Star Trek: Discovery," "Hawaii Five-O" and more.

Brandon Daniels

Internal communications strategistMarathon Petroleum Co.

Brandon Daniels is an internal communications strategist at Marathon Petroleum Co., where he produces a bimonthly video series. He previously worked in external communications at Marathon and was heavily involved in video production, scriptwriting and multimedia project development. Before that, he served as an adjunct professor at the University of Findlay and as a video editor at Ardent Productions. He holds a bachelor's degree in video production and PR, and an MFA in media design. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies, writing and sketching.

Brian Pittman

Manager of Strategic Programming Ragan Training and PR Daily

Brian Pittman is a manager of strategic programming at Ragan Communications and the dean of Ragan Training. He’s also a regular contributor to PR Daily, where he interviews industry leaders to help readers improve their careers as communicators. A seasoned journalist and publisher, he’s the former editorial director for Bulldog Reporter, and Utah Business Magazine, among others. He’s also a digital marketer and content strategist with LA-area agencies, as well as an executive producer on multiple films and documentaries.


Top reasons to attend this Online Course

  • You'll learn from the nation's top screenwriting and video experts
  • You'll receive all presentations, handouts and interactive work assignments
  • You can complete this immersive workshop at your convenience
  • You'll receive a certificate of completion

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