A screenwriting hothouse

Cracking Yarns is a hothouse for screenwriters.

Founded by the Story Maven, Allen Palmer, we will teach, nurture and inspire you to write emotionally engaging screenplays that resonate for international audiences.

Here’s how we can help give voice to your creativity:

Free Screenwriting Webinars

Every month, Allen shares insights in a FREE hour-long webinar.

What’s more, each Webinar is run twice for different regions:
1: AUS, NZ & Asia
2: USA/CAN, EUR & Africa

Up first on Mar 23, he explores the fundamental question that most screenwriting manuals overlook …

Webinar #1: What do audiences want – Learn more

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Screenwriting Courses

Cracking Story

Our flagship 2-day Screenwriting Course is coming to a city (or a country) near you in 2015. It’s currently open for bookings in:

Perth – Dates & Prices
London, UK – Dates & Prices
Brisbane – Dates & Prices
Sydney – Dates & Prices
Melbourne – Dates & Prices

Cracking Comedy with Tim Ferguson

We’re delighted to be running a 2-day comedy writing workshop with the legendary Tim Ferguson.

Tim Ferguson is an absolute comedic genius! His comedy writing class was non stop fun and helped me to become an even better comedy writer. I wrote my first US TV pilot using these principles.
Joanne Rose, winner at L.A. Web Fest 2013

Dates: Apr 25-26, 2015
Location: Sydney
Learn more

Online Screenwriting Courses

Using the World’s Best Virtual Classroom, we run an expanding range of Online Screenwriting Courses at times to suit you no matter where you live in the world.

Cracking Story 2: Script Analysis

Deepen your understanding of screen storytelling over 5 weeks in a Virtual Classroom with the Story Maven. Choose the class that best suits your timezone:

  1. AUS/NZ/AsiaDates, times and prices
  2. AmericasDates, times and prices
  3. EuropeDates, times and prices

Learn more about Cracking Story 2: Script Analysis

Cracking Story 3: Script Workshop

Develop a feature film or TV series over 10 weeks in a Virtual Writers’ Room under Allen‘s guidance. Again, it’s run in three different time zones:

  1. AUS/NZ/Asia – Dates, times and prices
  2. AmericasDates, times and prices
  3. EuropeDates, times and prices

Learn more about Cracking Story 3: Script Workshop

Screenwriting Articles

Allen has been blogging on Screenwriting since 2010 and his posts have generated more than 2 million hits. To get a taster, check out “How to write a logline” and “10 insights I wish I’d had 25 years ago“.

Script Assessment

We’re not big fans of traditional script assessment. We believe there is a better way. Check out our Script Assessment options.

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