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 Germany !

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.

Over the course of a 25-year career as Hollywood's most respected and sought-after screenwriting teacher and story analyst, Truby offers successful and proven principles that allows the writer to precisely map their entire plot in a way that allows them to tell their story in the most dramatic way possible.

Drawing on a broad range of concepts and archetypes from writing, philosophy and mythology, Truby's Master Class offers fresh techniques and insightful principles that allow the writer to design an effective, multi-layered, multifaceted narrative.

Truby: «Stories that want to be told are not "out there." They're in you. In my class, I talk about a number of key writing exercises that help you find what is totally original to you. Incredibly, most writers don't know, and it's a fatal mistake. Then we go through the techniques you must know to turn that original seed into a professionally told story. An original idea professionally told is an unbeatable combination. It's not easy, but it can be done and it's the only recipe I know that works.»

Über John Truby

Wir freuen uns darauf, John Truby am 12 bis 14 Oktober 2016 in Berlin willkommen zu heißen!

Neue Dramaturgie für innovative Stoffe: Es spielt keine Rolle, ob Sie ein Drehbuch, einen Roman, eine TV-Serie, ein Theaterstück oder eine Kurzgeschichte entwickeln. In drei intensiven Tagen legt Truby eine praxisorientierte Methode dar, die dazu beiträgt einen frischen Blick auf das Geschichtenerzählen und Ihren Stoff zu bekommen, ihn zu verbessern – und zwar so wie Ihre ganz besondere Geschichte es braucht.

John Truby zählt zu den renommiertesten Drehbuchberatern in den USA. Sein dramaturgisches Modell wird weltweit angewendet und hat sich als tragfähige Alternative zur konventionellen Drei-Akt-Struktur etabliert.

Seine Kurse wurden in den letzten 25 Jahren von mehr als 30.000 Studenten besucht.

Zu seinen Klienten zählen Filmstudios und Produktionsfirmen wie Disney, Universal, Sony Pictures, HBO, BBC, MTV uvm. Die entstandenen Film und Drehbücher sind preisgekrönt.

Seine praxisorientierte Methode richtet sich an :

  • Screenwriters
  • Film & TV Executives
  • Novelists
  • Filmmakers
  • Producers
  • Advertising Execs
  • TV Writers
  • Directors
  • Actors
  • Journalists
  • New Media Writers
  • and more

3 Day Program

The class take usually place over three days.

At various points during the class, film clips 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 :-)

(Click on each day to expand)

  • 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
  • Press and Testimonials

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

    «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.» - The New York Times.

    «John Truby is the Writing Guru...» - The Los Angeles Times.

    «One of the most highly respected and sought-out screenwriting instructors.» - LA Screenwriter.

    «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).

    Practical Information

    The class take usually place at the Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 30 - 10178 Berlin over three days.

    Each day will begin at 9:30 am and conclude at 6:00 pm.

    There´s always a break for lunch between 1pm and 2:30 pm, as well as two shorter coffee breaks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

    Babylon is located in an ideal part of Berlin, just steps from the renowned Volksbühn theater and close to numerous restaurants, cafes, hôtels and shops for all budgets.

    How to get there


    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: cancelledorder@sweetyproductions.com

    A processing fee of € 65 (incl. Vat) will be charged for a cancellation before September 20 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 "Game Of Thrones'Oracle" :-)

    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:  cancelledorder@sweetyproductions.com erfolgen.

    Für die Stornierung wird bis zum 20. September des laufenden Jahres eine Bearbeitungsgebühr von 65,00 Euro (ink. MwSt) erhoben. Nach dem 20. 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 das "Game of Thrones Orakel" 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.


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

    You can post questions in German or English and it will be our pleasure to answer you as soon as possible.

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