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My favorite thing about teaching and consulting with writers is when I establish an ongoing mentoring relationship and see it pay off over time. While it might start with me giving notes on a script, it often continues beyond that into “coaching” — because my approach is less about focusing on what might not be working in a piece of material, and more about identifying a path forward — where I help a writer work their way to the best possible version of their project.
It’s the first big decisions that are the most important, and most difficult to get right — which is why I always recommend writers seek professional input early in the process, before getting in too deep. (Just like an agent or manager will want clients to run ideas by them before committing to writing a spec script.)
I always start with the basic concept – with the story challenge(s) that the writer is hoping to get an audience emotionally invested in. I find Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat books to be a great help with this — and especially his thoughts on “genre” (as well as his “beat sheet” for basic story structure).
You might be interested in reading about “What I look for in a script“, as well as my take on the phenomenon of “script consultants“. There’s also information on how to book time with me, and the different services available, on my rates page.
I always offer a free twenty-minute Skype or phone call with — no obligation — to give initial advice or feedback on a story or series concept (and will read up to three loglines in advance of the call).
Please feel free to e-mail me to discuss what you’re working on, and how I might be able to help.
“Erik’s expertise has helped me improve my pitching, my screenwriting and my TV writing. He really knows story (it’s obviously second nature to him), but is also able to step back and articulate big conceptual ideas in a practical way, which makes him a wonderful teacher. Over the course of the last year I have met with many television executives, and Erik’s coaching has helped me walk in with confidence. Working with him is like attending the film school I wish I had when I went to film school!” – AMY TAYLOR, represented by Original Artists and Quattro Media
“I would not have made it this far without Erik’s very direct and constructive criticism. At a time when it’s difficult to get a break, it’s great to be able to receive feedback from a top pro. I’ve worked with dozens of consultants, and his script notes are the best I’ve ever received. Amazing that such a talented writer does consulting. He’s reasonably priced and a nice guy. I will be using his services again in the future!” – STEPHEN HOOVER, 2010 Grand Prize Winner, “Table Read My Screenplay”; 2009 Gold Prize Winner, PAGE International (Thriller/Horror Category)
“I’ve worked with half a dozen evaluators before finding someone of Erik Bork’s caliber. Thanks in part to his invaluable insights, my screenplay placed highly enough in Script Savvy’s contest that they are now recommending it to producers. Erik has an exquisitely attuned sense of truth and is willing to give critical, hard-to-hear feedback so important in helping me hone my scripts. His points are always about the screenplay and not his ego. Perhaps most importantly, Erik listens. His intention is to work with me as an ally and I trust that completely.” – JEFF COTTON, Script optioned by Emmy-nominated and Peabody-winning producer.
If you haven't read them already, I also recommend my "Ten Key Principles Successful Writers Understand", and my series of audio downloads.