Katherine Atwell Herbert

Appearances and Workshops

The writer analyst has taught workshops, signed, and/​or spoken to groups in:

San Diego, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles, CA
University of Southern California, CA
New York City, NY
Santa Fe, NM
Phoenix, AZ
Mesa, AZ
Glendale, CA
Santa Monica, CA
Payson, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Portland, OR
Scottsdale, AZ
Klamath Falls, OR
San Francisco, CA

A veteran writer, script analyst, and teacher, Katherine gives aspiring and experienced screenwriters an indispensable insider's view of the process of conceiving, writing, and marketing a winning film or television script.


The Money Shot
Ridge Warnecke was a fast rising PGA pro before he got into a bar fight that turned into a disaster for his career. Ten years later he's the head pro at a second tier country club on the edge of Phoenix when the body of a young woman is found on the sixteenth fairway.

When the identity of the woman is finally determined, the victim's grandmother, a club board member, asks Ridge to look into it. She doesn't think the detective in charge knows what he's doing. Ridge knows what the detective is doing: he's trying to pin the murder on him. He's got to figure out who is the real murder. His search takes him to the depths of the city and the lowest rungs of society. On his way he meets a woman who's the best thing that's ever walked into his life.

The Perfect Screenplay: Writing It And Selling it.

Based on her many years as a script analyst for major companies around Los Angeles, in this book Katherine addresses the all too common writing traps that many novice writers, and some experienced ones too, fall into.

After some encouraging words about keeping your self-confidence intact and explaining the low-down on Hollywood, the book is divided into three sections. The first focuses on the writing itself and what must be kept in mind when putting your story on the page--building a believeable plot, creating realistic characters, etc. The second section covers the mechanics of presentation--it's got to look good--and the details of camera shots and sound and helpful places on the net. Finally the book covers methods of tilting at the Hollywood windmill and details what happens to scripts once inside the machine.

Writing Scripts Hollywood Will Love, 2nd Ed.

This book reveals what professional script analysts demand from authors writing for film or television. In this highly competitive business, a script that does ot look and feel professional will almost invariably be rejected. This is an insider's view of how to best present your concept or script. Guidance covers everything from the script's appearance to plot, structure, character, dialog, and the innumerable subtle clues that shape analysts' opinions. The book helps insure writers that their scripts will be well received by those making the decision. Included are sample pages, lists of important organizations, and interviews with established professionals in the industry.

Selling Scripts to Hollywood

This volume provides an honest and illuminating overview of the business and the role screenwriters play in it, divulging secrets of how to successfully sell scripts to the major entertainment venues and the markets available to the writer. It includes researching a script's market and knowing the audience, exploring venues outside of the feature film industry, what to expect from living and working in Hollywood, how to stay up-to-date on the industry and where to find the most complete resources for research and writing, turning a story idea into a full-length script, formatting for both screen and teleplays, how to test a script, edit it, and rewrite accordingly, and how to pitch your project to agents and producers.

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