What People Say
I had the privilege of attending Jim's Killer Screenwriting class in LA in 2008. This was not just a class. It was a reconditioning of my creative mind. It was, for me, as well as the others who attended, a life changing experience.
— Jill Wallace
“The Killer Screenwriting workshop was the breath of fresh air that my screenwriting needed. Jim is a talented, giving teacher who infuses each student with the belief that success is possible…The ability to connect with other writers committed to the craft, and to learn from a mentor of Jim's caliber has energized my writing and streamlined my process. In six days, I gained more concrete information on how to improve my scripts and take them to the next level than I was able to glean from six years of attending screenwriting conferences and self-study. I would recommend Killer Screenwriting for anyone who is serious about rolling up their creative sleeves and writing something worth selling.”
— Ami Hendrickson
Top 10 Finalist, Cinequest
Winner, Great Lakes International Screenwriting Competition
The Killer Screenwriting class is by far the most worthwhile screenwriting workshop I have taken. Jim's erudite, intensive approach finally got me to recognize and understand the essential threads that make a story work, not just on the page, but on the screen. Jim has uncanny ability to transform most any scene from flat and dull to exceptional right before your eyes. From story concept right through to dialogue, Jim has been instrumental in teaching me not just the essential nature of conflict but how to employ it to greatest effect when constructing scenes and creating moments between my characters. Since working with Jim, I finally got the visceral and dynamic understanding I needed to complete my first screenplay.
— Francine Louise
writer/director, 5 am films
Los Angeles, CA
I attended Jim's workshop to look at screenwriting from a film maker's perspective. Whether analyzing clips or editing participants' scenes to their essence, Jim's a tireless crusader for visual conceptualization. Just what the doctor ordered!
— Emmy Holman
Testimonial for Jim
I used to be a Film Professor. I gave notes on lots of scripts. I co-wrote an episode of a network TV drama. In other words, I thought I knew pretty much everything I needed to know about screenwriting. And then I met Jim Mercurio. Jim not only clued me in on how much I didn't know, but he gently guided me through the process of learning and learning more and learning some more after that. My writing has improved immensely because of his help. If you're serious about taking your writing to the next level, ask Jim to coach you or take one of his classes. I promise you won't be disappointed.
— Rhona Berens, PhD