A screenwriting hothouse

Cracking Yarns is a screenwriting hothouse dedicated to helping you become a better film and TV writer.

Founded by ex-AFTRS and current NYU Screenwriting Lecturer, Allen Palmer, Cracking Yarns will teach, nurture and inspire you to write emotionally engaging screenplays that resonate for international audiences.

We offer courses that teach you the fundamentals of screenwriting, more intermediate courses that deepen your understanding of story, and one-on-one Story Coaching to help you take your project from concept through to final draft.

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

Screenwriting Courses

Cracking Story: Discovering the Emotional Key to the Heart of Screenwriting

Our flagship 2-day Screenwriting Course introduces you to timeless storytelling techniques and delivers unique emotional insights into character that can help you write scripts that command the attention of producers, agents, actors and audiences. And it’s coming to a city (or a country) near you in 2015.

It’s currently open for bookings in:
Brisbane – Dates & Prices
Sydney – Dates & Prices
Melbourne – Dates & Prices

Cracking Comedy with Tim Ferguson

A 2-day comedy writing workshop with the legendary Tim Ferguson (Doug Anthony All Stars) and Story Maven, Allen Palmer, that teaches you the age-old comedic principles that underpin all the best contemporary sitcoms and stand-up routines. What’s more, we give you the opportunity to apply them and get both laughs and feedback.

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: TBA
Location: Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland
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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 story by joining the Story Coach, Allen Palmer, over 5 weeks in a Virtual Classroom as each week he looks at two scripts and explores what tends to work and what tends not to work in screen storytelling. Designed for writers, producers, screen development execs and anyone else who wants to get better at writing and/or developing compelling screenplays.

Learn more about Cracking Story 2: Script Analysis

Story Coaching

We’re not big fans of traditional written script assessment. Getting someone to write a report on your script generally costs a lot of money, and often doesn’t help you move the project forward. We believe in creating a dialogue around story so we won’t do a written script assessment. However, we do offer one-on-one Story Coaching on you film or TV project either in person or via Skype. Learn more about our Story Coaching.

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“.

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