Editing Your Screenplay: Tricks For Getting A Good Screenplay To Read Great

Michael Tabb will share over a decade of script editing tools and tricks condensed into ninety minutes. These observations and suggestions will make your script read professional. This is the most valuable class of the entire weekend to any writer who already has a writing method and a completed script.

With 30,000 scripts being submitted every year in Hollywood and under 100 major studio films getting produced, if an unproduced writer wants to get a shot at the big time, execution is everything. Michael Tabb has been keeping a list of the script editing tricks he’s learned since his days at USC, NYU, and UCLA’s School of Theater Film & Television. From every teacher, every mentor, and every fellow writer he’s spent time with, he diligently added to his bag of editing tricks. Now, he’s going to pass along to you 15 years-worth of ways to make your script more powerful and succinct. Michael will discuss everything from writing action to dialogue and big-picture to word-by-word editing tricks that will help make every line of your script read better and clearer. Most of these editing tools can be used for all writing mediums, so this class is suitable for all writers looking for ways to sharpen their writing tools and hone their craft. After all, when you’re up for a writing job, you want your writing sample to scream out that you are a master craftsman, and nothing says you’re ready to be a pro like a polished manuscript that reads to perfection.


Michael Tabb is a working screenwriter, decade-long current and active member of the WGA, a multiple-award-winning screenwriting educator, and author of a film-festival-winning Best Screenplay. His new book, Prewriting Your Screenplay: A Step-By-Step Guide To Generating Stories, explains how he develops great, cohesive script ideas that continue to get him work, released by Focal Press, the entertainment-business division of Routledge, America’s #1 textbook publisher and a subsidiary of Taylor & Francis, the #1 textbook publisher on Earth.

Michael has written two produced screenplays for Universal Studios and is currently writing a new project for a brand new WGA-signatory production company. Recent collaborations include a new one-hour television pilot with Hivemind (The Expanse, The Witcher), fellow writer Evan Spiliotopoulos (Snake Eyes, Charlie’s Angels, The Huntsman, and Disney’s Academy-Award-nominated film, Beauty & The Beast), and Director Thor Freudenthal (Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, TV’s Flash and Green Arrow), taking his first steps into television. He has three new, original TV pilots, one with Endgame Entertainment.

He has developed feature film and episodic projects for and with Disney Feature Animation, The Canton Company at Warner Brothers, Imagine Entertainment, Mandeville Entertainment, Intrepid Pictures, Paradox Studios, newer WGA-signatory companies like Paragon Pictures and Mystery Road Films, Producers Lawrence Bender, Branko Lustig, Paul Schiff, Sean Daniel, writer/director Jonathan Hensleigh, Director Mike Newell, actor/producer Dustin Hoffman, and legendary comic book icon Stan Lee. He also served for several years as a reader and script analyst for Alcon Entertainment (put deal at Warner Brothers) for three years after college.

In his spare time, Michael is dedicated to giving back to fellow filmmakers, from novice to career professionals. He serves on the WGA’s Writer’s Education Committee, formally served on the New Members’ Committee, co-created the screenwriter’s union’s first ever Mentor Program, and has assisted the Writers’ Guild Foundation Community Outreach Program by guest instructing on his craft to underprivileged youth in the Los Angeles area. He serves as a mentor for fellow NYU TSOA alumni, the Missouri Film Office’s Missouri Stories Scriptwriting Fellowship. has lectured on screenwriting at The Screenwriters World Conference, StoryExpo, east and west coast writer conferences, the 2021 Next Generation of Visual Storytellers Conference, FSU, UCLA, and USC, invited by institutions, friends, instructors, and associates.

He is a multiple-award-winning, graduate-level, online professor of screenwriting now teaching internationally at EEI Creative Arts: School of Film and Entertainment whenever he can. Michael has spoken on and moderated industry panels for San Diego’s Comic-Con International, Story Expo, local Los Angeles film festivals, film schools including New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and the Writers’ Guild of America, West.

His education includes two years as a USC undergrad, a B.F.A. from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and graduated from UCLA’s School of Film and Television, professional screenwriting program.  

Other classes at Story Expo by Michael:

The Art of Adaptations

Pitching Hollywood & Creating A Pitch Deck

Writing The Episodic TV Show Bible

Writing Episodic Content for Streaming