Customized, practical script notes to help you develop your screenplay

We’re in the company of many great writers when we feel:

My screenplay has plot inconsistencies, weak character development, a sagging structure, an absence of a captivating theme and tone, the list goes on…

In your Customized Script Development Notes, I aim to:

A) Identify what’s gone wrong and explain why;
B) Provide you with a constructive, easy-to-follow roadmap of suggestions to help solve your story problems;
C) Reduce your workload and anxiety while giving you practical inspiration and encouragement to get your script one step closer to being read and produced.

To get a better sense of how I work, who I am, and for more script talk in general, read my book on the process and perils of screenwriting:

Adventures in Screenwriting: How One Writer Navigates the Dire Straits

Submit your story by pressing the Submit Your Story button below.

Send me a question, request sample development notes, or ask for a quote at selin@magicofstory.com

For potential screenwriting, co-writing and rewriting services and a Script Writing Coaching Program, please describe your project and ask for a quote.


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What I offer

  • Screenwriting, co-writing and re-writes based on individual need (Please send an email to discuss)
  • Script writing coaching program to get your script off the ground
  • Development notes for the formats below:

– Feature length screenplays
– TV pilots / episodes
– Unfinished screenplays
– Short film screenplays
– Treatments
– One-page synopses

Development notes provide an extensive analysis and suggestions for development, and may include a logline and a one-page synopsis if requested.

What I do differently

I approach your project from every applicable angle and give you detailed development notes that you can easily put into action in your next draft.

I point out story issues with explanations that make sense and offer alternative ways to solve them.

I recognize what you want to do with your script and don’t have an agenda of my own.

I don’t limit the depth and breadth of my analysis to page numbers.

I am open to answering further questions so you don’t feel abandoned after you receive your feedback.

I care about the stories you want to tell, and I support you as a writer.

Sample development notes are available on request.


I strive to be your guide to fix story problems and get your screenplay reader ready

I am a screenwriter, film festival programmer and script consultant.

Happy announcements:

-My co-written feature-length script, ‘On the Water Surface’, is currently in post-production.

-My feature-length screenplay, ‘Home Sounds’, entered Stowe Story Labs in 2023, and is on its way into another draft and production possibilities.

-My TV Pilot, ‘Blue River’, has been picked up by Art & Essai in Montreal, Canada and entered Netflix-BANFF Media Festival and MIDPOINT‘s Pitch Programs.

A Berlinale Talents Screenwriters alumna and an ex-film critic, I participated in international film festivals as a film critic and served as a juror.

Currently, I’m thoroughly enjoying my position as director of programming at the Academy-qualifying Bend Film Festival in Oregon, USA–recently named “One of the Coolest Festivals in the World”.

I have recently published a personal book on the process and perils of screenwriting:
Adventures in Screenwriting: How One Writer Navigates the Dire Straits.

When not writing and programming, you can find me–semi-successfully–mothering my two lovely sons in Bend, OR.

Get in touch with me at selin@magicofstory.com

Selin Sevinç, 2023


Why are development notes important

Deep down you probably know exactly what is wrong with your work, but you just can’t figure a way out of the complicated machinery of storytelling without a skilled pair of eyes.

And you need to break through that lost feeling with fresh ideas and inspiration.

Why choose me

I offer you exactly what I, as a writer, would want from a script consultant:

 

 

A) identify issues in detail but don’t dwell on the problems,

B) give you a practical roadmap to address those issues creatively with several examples and potential pathways,

C) make you feel well-equipped, inspired, confident and eager to write the story you want to write.

If this is what you want, I might be the person for you. Check out what some of my clients have said about working with me below.

"Selin didn’t just give me notes, she transformed my half-baked treatment into a full-fledged story. She didn’t just point out the problems, she gave me completely developed solutions. I feel guilty not giving her writing credit."
Scott Nankivel


How it works

  • Fill out the form;
  • Attach your work in PDF format;
  • Read and agree to the Terms and Conditions;
  • Click ‘Submit’.

You will receive information on availability and payment, and we’ll go from there.

For questions, quotes and sample development notes email me at selin@magicofstory.com

How much

  • Screenwriting, co-writing and re-writes based on individual project
  • Script Writing Coaching Program based on individual project
  • Development notes for screenplays and treatments (plus synopsis and logline if requested), $550
  • Development notes for TV pilots / episodes $450
  • Development notes for short film screenplays $175
  • Development notes for one-page synopses $75

All amounts are to be paid in full and in US dollars. Payments are nonrefundable.



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