Writing Workshops

Alex is an internationally acclaimed story structure teacher and workshop leader. She has presented her Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workshop for conferences such as Left Coast Crime, Thrillerfest, Romance Writers of America, Romance Writers of Australia, Bloody Scotland, the Scottish Association of Writers, PASIC, YARWA, West Texas A&M Writers Academy, and numerous small conferences and weekend retreats throughout the US and UK, and has taught film story structure at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

Alex’s extensive background in theater, screenwriting and novel writing makes her uniquely qualified to teach story. Film structure is easily adaptable to novel writing and her emphasis on taking inspiration from favorite movies to unlock the secrets of story structure resonates with writers of all levels of experience.

Get free Story Structure extras and movie breakdowns

Screenwriting Tricks for Authors Workbooks

All the information from Alex’s workshops and blogs, compiled in a practical, comprehensive format, with writing assignments targeted to help you develop a premise, outline your book, write the #$%%^&$ thing, and rewrite—and even have fun along the way.

Stealing Hollywood
Writing Love

Screenwriting Tricks for Authors Workshops

Alex’s dynamic, interactive workshops have energized and inspired aspiring and professional writers alike.

The workshops are presented in two-hour, full-day, or weekend format. Alex has limited availability to teach during the year; if you are interested in booking a workshop, please email her.

Update on scheduled workshops/appearances:

Due to travel restrictions and safety measures to reduce the spread of Coronavirus:

  • Left Coast Crime in San Diego has been cancelled.
  • Stokercon UK and the Borders Writing Festival are postponed.
  • Dublin Writers Conference and Bute Noir are still in flux.


New YouTube Channel!

Alex has started a YouTube channel where she’s posting videos of story structure and visual storytelling techniques. Just like taking one of her workshops, for the Coronavirus Age.

Supercharge your writing process and write your best book or script by using the storytelling tricks of your favorite movies.

Not just for authors and screenwriters, either! Lockdown is an excellent opportunity to bring film school into your own living room. Use these short, fun videos to get the whole family involved in analyzing and creating story—by watching movies together!

Visit the channel here.

Get the starter pack of companion materials for the videos free by signing up for the Screenwriting Tricks email list, and you’ll also get notice of new videos as they’re posted.

You can find companion articles on Alex’s blog.

Praise for Alexandra Sokoloff’s Story Structure books/workshops:

Stealing Hollywood has transformed the way I write my books. Whenever another author is struggling with their plot, I tell them to buy a copy. I can’t recommend it enough.”
—Cally Taylor, bestselling author

“Sokoloff’s advice is spot-on, and her teaching style is direct and effective. A must-have book for authors and screenwriters.”
—JA Konrath, bestselling author of A Newbie’s Guide To Publishing

“Believe it or not, story-telling is an art as well as a craft, and Alex Sokoloff’s Story Structure is the owner’s manual that belongs in every writer’s toolkit. Alex dissects the elements of story-telling with clarity, wit and wisdom. Don’t thank me—buy the damn book!”
—Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of Ladies’ Night and Summer Rental

“I’d already written fifteen novels by the time I met Alex and discovered her unique approach to structuring fiction. She changed my entire writing process for the better. I couldn’t live without my three-act storyboard! Alex is a gifted and generous teacher and author, and Story Structure is a must-have book for new and seasoned writers alike.”
—International bestselling author Diane Chamberlain

“Whether you’re an old pro or an apprehensive beginner, Alex Sokoloff offers a sensible nuts-and-bolts approach that puts you in control of your material.”
—Margaret Maron, Edgar®, Agatha, Anthony & Macavity Award-winning author of the Deborah Knott mysteries

“Sokoloff is a generous mentor with the gifted ability to address a storyteller’s practical concerns while encouraging artistic integrity and every author’s unique voice. Only three of my half dozen novels have been written with her unwitting guidance, but I can guarantee that with this book at my fingertips, all my future work—and my reading audience—will benefit from her advice. Recommended without reservation.”
—Vicki Pettersson, bestselling author of the Sign of the Zodiac series

“If there’s one person that can help you wade through the chaos of your pages and find the most compelling way to tell your story, it’s Alex. No matter who you are (novice writer, veteran) or where you are (first draft, final revisions, nothing-but-a-vague-idea) her workshop will send you racing back to your manuscript with clarity, inspiration and the ‘aha!’ of the big picture.”
—Harley Jane Kozak, actress and Macavity, Anthony and Agatha Award-winning novelist

“I loved this book! Alexandra Sokoloff breaks down the screenwriting process in easy-to-understand steps with examples from current movies and the BEST practical examples. Her unique and always lots of fun lessons are empowering for first-time writers as well as those with finished screenplays looking to take their project to the next level. Indispensable.”
—George LaVoo, co-writer Real Women Have Curves, writer/director A Dog Year

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