About John Truby

John Truby is Hollywood’s premier screenwriting instructor and story consultant.

From Los Angeles to New York, Paris, London, Sydney, and other film capitals around the world, Truby regularly gives his seminars to packed houses around the world.

And now in Munich!

Pixar, Disney, Sony Pictures, Fox, HBO, the BBC, Universal and MTV are only some of the companies that regularly send their top writers and producers to Truby's class. His students worked on such film blockbuster as Pirates of the Caribbean, X-Men I/II/III, Shrek, Mother Mary of Christ, Ratatouille, In Treatment, Breaking Bad, House, Lost, Planet of the Apes, Scream, Fantastic Four, The Negotiator, Star Wars, Outbreak, African Cats and more.

Truby serves as a story consultant for major studios and production companies worldwide, and has been a script doctor on more than 1.800 movies, sitcoms and television dramas.

His "Anatomy of Story Master Class" is the most modern, exciting approach and method to screenwriting and storytelling to be developed in a generation.

What you will learn?

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  • How to find the perfect story design
  • Three confusions that hurt writers
  • Uncovering the myth of 3-act story structure
  • Seven Steps to deep structure
  • Creating the single driving force
  • Variations to classic story structure
  • Key weaknesses of myth, fairy tale and drama
  • Developing a great premise
  • Building the hero from the ground up
  • How the “character web” works
  • True character change and how to write it
  • Five Major character changes
  • Keys to the perfect opponent
  • Sequencing the moral elements of the story
  • The 22 building blocks of every great script
  • Pacing by character growth, not page number
  • Keys to the perfect opponent
  • Creating the visual world
  • Using the subplot
  • Setting the tag line
  • Building the reveals
  • Choosing the right story shape
  • Creating the strong middle
  • The trick to scene sequencing
  • How to write 3-track dialogue
  • Secrets of building the scene
  • Dialogue that increases the conflict
  • Detailed Analysis of the Genres: Action, Comedy,
    Crime, Detective, Fantasy, Horror, Love, Masterpiece,
    Myth, SciFi, Thriller and Mixed Genres
  • What each genre really means
  • Sequencing the moral elements of the story
  • The central theme of each form
  • Key structure techniques for each genre
  • Mixing genres: The best strategies for story success
  • Bending the genre rules for originality
  • Techniques for transcending each genre
  • You can also download the program here : ENG. - DEUT.

    The class take usually place over three days, from 09:30 am till 06:00 pm

    At various points during the class, film clips, like Batman Begins, American Beauty, The Godfather, ... will be shown in order to deepen your understanding of the different script-writing techniques under discussion.

    Mr. Truby will also talk about some of the best German films.

    The Master Class is an interactive experience and microphones will be available for you to ask Mr. Truby any questions related to screenwriting or film in general. It's strongly recommended that you bring whatever is your preferred method for taking notes, whether a laptop, notepad or something else.

    In any case, be prepared to write a lot :-)


    In order to subscribe to the class, please click on one of the following choices.
    All prices include the three days class, the coffee break on each day, and a large smile.

    Practical Information

    The class will take place on 11-13 Oct. 2017 from 9:30 am till 06:00 pm at the :

    Münchner Künstlerhaus
    Lenbachplatz 8
    80333 Munich
    (+49 89 59 91 84 - 0)

    The Münchner Künstlerhaus is a central element in the history and culture of the city of Munich.

    Conceived and realized in the circle of friends around the founding fathers, Franz von Lenbach, Ferdinand von Miller und Gabriel von Seidl, the Künstlerhaus Munich has always been a meeting place of artists and society.

    We are very proud to welcome you in this historical place and we are looking forward to see you there!

    It will be our pleasure to offer you each day of the class, a coffee break (tea, coffee, croissant, Bretzel...) served by our partner in catering, the restaurant "The Grill - im Künstlerhaus"

    The Münchner Künstlerhaus is ideally located in the center of Munich, at less than 10mn walk from the central station. There are plenty of good restaurants and accommodations all around and we guarantee you a beautiful weather in Munich in September.


    1. Who should attend?

    Screenwriters, Film & TV Executives, Novelists, Filmmakers, Producers, Advertising Execs, TV Writers, Directors, Actors, Journalists, New Media Writers, Students, anyone who might be interrested in storytelling...

    2. Can I attend and pay only part of the Master Class?

    To make the most of your experience, we strongly recommend that you attend the entire program.

    We thank you for your understanding.

    3. What is your cancellation policy?

    Any participant who has already registered and wishes to withdraw, must do so in writing to the following email address: contact@sweetyproductions.com

    A processing fee of € 65 (incl. Vat) will be charged for a cancellation before September 27 of the current year.

    After that date, refunds are not possible.

    4. Will the class be in English?


    However, Mr. Truby is a skilled and experienced communicator who speaks slowly and clearly.

    We will also provide a glossary of key terms in German as well as other materials.

    5. Will there be an opportunity for discussion?

    Yes. There will be several opportunities during the Class to ask Mr. Truby individual questions.

    6. Should I bring something?

    Yes absolutely!... some cheerfulness and your sense of humor.

    It's strongly recommended that you bring whatever is your preferred method for taking notes, whether a laptop, notepad, or something else.

    In any case, be prepared to write a lot!

    There will be electrical outlets available to charge your laptop or other devices.

    7. What if my question is not in your FAQ’s?

    Then you should consult the "Red Witch" of G.O.T :-)

    Please feel free to get in touch using our contact form and put your question in German or in English.

    It will be our pleasure to answer you as soon as possible.

    1. Wer sollte teilnehmen?

    Drehbuchautoren, Film- und Fernsehverantwortliche, Schriftsteller, Filmemacher, Produzenten, Werbefachleute, Fernsehautoren, Filmregisseure, Schauspieler, Journalisten, Autoren in den neuen Medien, Studenten, jeder, der sich für Storytelling interessiert...

    2. Kann Ich an nur einem oder an zwei Tagen am Seminar teilnehmen?

    Leider nicht.

    Damit Sie so viel Erfahrungen wie möglich sammeln können, empfehlen wir Ihnen wärmstens, am gesamten Programm teilzunehmen.

    Eine Teilzahlung ist nicht möglich.

    Vielen Dank für Ihr Verständnis.


    Der Rücktritt von bereits schriftlich angemeldeten Teilnehmern muss schriftlich an folgende E-Mail-Adresse:  contact@sweetyproductions.com erfolgen.

    Für die Stornierung wird bis zum 08. September des laufenden Jahres eine Bearbeitungsgebühr von 65,00 Euro (ink. MwSt) erhoben. Nach dem 27. September ist die gesamte Teilnahmegebühr zu entrichten.

    4. Ist die Master Class auf englisch?


    Herr Truby ist jedoch eine geschickter und erfahrerer Kommunikator, der langsam und deutlich spricht.

    Wir werden ein Wörterverzeichnis der Kernbegriffe auf deutsch sowie andere Materialien zur Verfügung stellen.

    5. Wird es Gelegenheiten für Diskussion geben?

    Ja. Sie werden mehrere Möglichkeiten während der Master Class haben, Herrn Truby individuelle Fragen zu stellen.

    6. Sollte ich etwas mitbringen?

    Ja, unbedingt! Ein wenig Heiterkeit und Ihren Humor.

    Es wird empfohlen, dass Sie sich darauf einstellen, Notizen zu machen und dafür Ihren Laptop, Notepad oder was auch immer, mitbringen.

    Seien Sie auf jeden Fall bereit, sehr viel zu schreiben!

    Am Veranstaltungsort gibt es genügend Steckdosen, damit Sie Ihren Laptop oder andere elektronische Geräte aufladen können.

    7. Was mache ich, falls meine Frage nicht in Ihren FAQs vorkommt?

    Dann sollten Sie die "Red Witch" von G.O.T konsultieren :-)

    Setzen Sie sich gerne mit uns über das Kontakt-­Formular in Verbindung und stellen Sie Ihre Fragen entweder auf deutsch oder auf englisch.

    Wir werden Ihnen dann schnellstmöglich antworten.


    "John Truby arbeitet als Script Consultant für die großen Studios und Produktionsfirmen weltweit, und hat mehr als 1.800 Filme, Sitcoms und TV-Dramen beraten. Sein Buch "Anatomy of Story" ist eines der bekanntesten Methoden, um Drehbücher und Geschichten zu entwicklen. -

    "Truby's screenwriting class is a totally new system.... a course that allows a writer to succeed in the fiercely competitive climate of Hollywood." -

    "Truby provides principles both to elicit and keep track of the multitude of ideas and details that emerge in transforming the first vague musings into the finished project." -

    "John Truby is the Writing Guru..." - .

    "One of the most highly respected and sought-out screenwriting instructors." - .

    "This course is so good I took it twice."Ralph Winter, Producer of over 40 major studio films including X-Men I/II/III, Fantastic Four, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek III/IV/VI..

    "John Truby's class is a thoroughly detailed and impeccably presented education in the anatomy and psychology of any good story... an invaluable road map that I would recommend to any serious writer." Oscar-nominated writer/producer, Jeff Arch.

    "Truby’s seminar is concrete and practical without resorting to simplistic 'Three Act Structure' screenwriting clichés. It will be indispensable to writing your first great script." - Larry Wilson, screenwriting and TV writer/producer (Beetlejuice, The Addams Family, Tales from the Crypt).

    Our Team

    Want to join us?
    Feel free to contact us!

    Farid Seba
    Head of Sweety Productions

    Kathrin Kuna
    Creative Producer

    Andrea Marshall
    Editor Communications



    Please feel free to get in touch using our contact form.

    You can post questions in German, English, French, Klingon, Elvish... and it will be our pleasure to answer you as soon as possible.
    However, it might take a bit longer for the answer in Klingon and Elvish. :-)