What is Story Coaching?

I do not read your script. Instead, I meet with you for a 90-minute session—either in person or on Skype, whichever you prefer— to discuss your story and characters through a series of targeted questions. I will focus on the challenges and weaknesses of the story structure, offering specific suggestions for improvements.

There will be ample time for feedback and brainstorming where appropriate. My goal is for you to leave with a clear picture of the strengths and weaknesses of your story and a road map for how to write (or rewrite) it.

So you do not need to read my script?

Correct. Many of my professional clients prefer the story coaching option over a script consultation as it allows for more time to focus on and improve story structure and premise construction.

Is Story Coaching for before or after I have written my script?

Story Coaching sessions can be done at any stage in the process. Some writers come to me when they’re still trying to figure out an outline and want to get off on a solid structural footing, some when they’re stuck in the middle of a draft, and others after they have just completed their script and want advice for the rewrite.

What if I want you to read my script?

I’m not currently accepting new script consulting clients. However, I have the names of some other consultants I’d be happy to recommend.

Is this service for feature writers or TV writers?

I offer Story Coaching to feature writers and TV pilot spec writers. I do not offer it to those writing specs for an existing TV show.

What is your position on needing to use a particular structure paradigm?

Story Coaching sessions are strictly about helping writers find, refine and execute professionally satisfying, non-formulaic structures designed to enhance, instead of destroy, what is unique and original about their story, characters and writing.

Are the sessions confidential?

Absolutely. My services are always strictly confidential.

How much does Story Coaching cost?

Story Coaching sessions cost $445 per session and last between 90 minutes and two hours. If you want more time or prefer to pre-book multiple sessions, please let me know and we can discuss pricing options.

How do I book a session?

Please email my office manager at lisa@coreymandell.net. Also, please email her with any questions you might have.

Can you tell me more about yourself and your background?

Sure. You can find my bio here.