Basic Tonality Training

We’re taking a look at the basics: How do we create emotions in our audience? How to we make them LAUGH, CRY, gripped in SUSPENSE? Reading material and practical exercises within four broad genres let you investigate the mechanisms and invite you to practice them.

This training provides a selection of scripts that are currently broadcast as outstanding movies. Yes, you can find the scripts online - but it is more effective to engage with them in this monthlong program. Together we will write loglines and scenes of some amazing scripts - training the Oscar muscle! ;-)


Screenwriters all want and need to read fresh scripts in order to stay on top of the current development of the trade, therefore we'll jump right into some of the best ones today. As reading scripts and writing scenes really is the basis of the craft, this training is suitable for all levels of experience - from newbie to pro - plus working side by side provides different angles and is fun!

The training will be held in an exclusive section within Scriptdock. The group can access all texts, upload their own pages, and comment on colleagues' posts.

What is the time frame?

Simple: 4 weeks; 4 scripts to read.


For dates check the calendar please.

  1. Task: each week you will be invited to read an award-winning script. We can all learn from the best and it is immensely inspiring!


  2. Task: write this scriptlog-line. Upload and discuss this log-line within the course, compare your version with others from the class.


  3. Task: write a new scene for that script. Try to get into the specific tone of it! You can send the characters into another plotline; or into a prequel or a sequel of the original script. You practice to write a 2-3 page dynamic, completed scene. This is our practice: to hit a genre tonality.
  4. Task: Upload this scene into the course DryDock; read a scene of a colleague and comment on it constructively. Experienced writers accompany every group and lead in a constructive exchange culture.


How do I sign up?

This offer is effectively sharpening your own tonality and voice as a writer. It has been tried and proven and lead to some career changing discoveries - your own voice!


Free offers and low stakes lead to half-hearted results. We wish for participants to be really committed - but we also want the price to be no obstacle, so this is absolutely doable, even on a busy schedule and tight budget: for only € 29,00
! ink. VAT


You will receive a tax-deductible invoice. 
There are no more excuses ;-)

Know your Genres!
Know your strengths!



* for each genre ONE of FIVE scripts is in German. So if this doesn't concern you, just read the 4 English ones.

Many of the scripts can be found online and read at your own time and disposal. If you actually do that, great! This training is for those of us who want practical exercises, exchange feedback, and to engage in a group.



Es hat mir wirklich Spaß gemacht und ich würde es gerne wieder machen. Ich fand es toll zu sehen, wie andere Leute an die Loglines und Szenen herangegangen sind - das hat mich auf eine Menge Ideen gebracht. Mir gefiel auch das Feedback, das der Trainer und die anderen Teilnehmer gaben

A great opportunity to practice your writing in such a concentrated way with other people's material and to force yourself to dive into genres that are outside your comfort zone.
Even though I came out as an absolute "Dune" fan, I surprisingly found the work with the musical material of "Cyrano" and also the work with King „Richard", a Bio Pic, to be the most enlightening.

The variety of texts was really good and the comments from others are helpful! It was a good atmosphere.

The weekly submissions totally helped me, often I wrote only last minute, but got done! And then there was helpful and inspiring feedback.

I decided to take the training on the spur of the moment and am immensely grateful for it - for so much openness and willingness to listen to / read from each other, receive and give constructive feedback, grow and develop with each other. The goals and deadlines set in the group gave me the necessary motivation to actually meet them, as I felt a certain responsibility towards the others. The result was a steady, joyful progression of our very individual stories.

I found it well structured and I liked starting with the focus on the world. Despite having very little time, I learned a lot from this training.

I started out with texts and spent a lot of time re-writing them, which made them more mature. I didn't get around to reading that much. The feedback I received was nice and specific, I knew exactly what to work on.

It was important for my process to write every day, the characters started talking eventually. The structure was great! There are still questions left to answer, but there seems to be a path. 

Every writer functions differently: for me reading actual bibles and pilots was more helpful than reading books about screenwriting. In addition, it was great receiving feedback from a variety of talented people. Sometimes inspiration is ignited by friction :-)