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The Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workbooks will help you work through your book or script, starting with your Premise, working Act by Act, Story Element by Story Element, with hundreds of examples from your favorite movies. Each includes ten full movie breakdowns from different genres.

Stealing Hollywood has all the material of the workshops, with story examples and elements from all genres.

Writing Love has all the material of the workshops, with more story examples and elements specific to romance and love stories.

Get the workbooks:

Need some help? The Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workshop is available online, as a self-paced course with all the videos, assignments, movie breakdowns and personalized feedback you need to get that book written this year, 15 minutes at time.

In three parts, and you only pay for what you use.

Online Class

  • If you have a first draft of a book or script already, or need more feedback, get targeted help getting you over the finish line in The Writers’ Room.

The Writers' Room

What authors say:

“Believe it or not, story-telling is an art as well as a craft, and Alex Sokoloff’s Stealing Hollywood 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 Stealing Hollywood is a must-have book for new and seasoned writers alike.”

—International bestselling author Diane Chamberlain

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 of Sleep, The Island, The Missing, The Lie

There is no one better at story analysis than Sokoloff. 

Steve Cavanagh, bestselling author of Fifty/Fifty and Thirteen.

‘The best book on writing I’ve ever read. It made me think about story and structure in a whole new way, and it has been invaluable to me ever since I found it.”

—Doug Johnstone, bestselling author of Fault Lines, A Dark Matter, The Big Chill

“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