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(WEBINAR) How to Write Horror That Stands Out

Horror has become a year-round industry. Whether you’re a seasoned writer or just getting started, horror is a genre that can really get you noticed. It tends to be more budget-friendly and there’s a built-in audience. But everyone already knows this. As a result, many of the same ideas are being written and submitted worldwide. Our guest this week, former development executive at Maverick Films, Naomi Beaty, has read a lot of scripts — by her estimation, thousands of scripts. She joins us in our virtual event space to break down the areas in your script where you have a chance to elevate your work with a heightened understanding of the basic elements in the genre. If you’re working on a horror screenplay or just a horror enthusiast, this is one talk you won’t want to miss!


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Naomi Beaty is a screenwriting teacher and consultant who works with writers, producers, and directors at all levels to develop their film and TV projects. Naomi has read thousands of scripts and worked with hundreds of writers through one-on-one consulting, creating and leading the “Idea to Outline” and “Finish Your Screenplay” workshops, and teaching story structure for Save the Cat. With the projects they’ve brought to Naomi for consultation, her clients have made the annual Black List, placed in prestigious screenwriting contests and fellowships, pitched to every major studio, and have optioned and sold feature screenplays and TV pilots to producers. As a former junior development exec at Madonna and Guy Oseary’s Maverick Films, Naomi worked on projects like Twilight, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, and The Stanford Prison Experiment. She also wrote the short, actionable guide “Logline Shortcuts: Unlock your story and pitch your screenplay in one simple sentence.”

SCREEN TIME is a bi-monthly(ish), online hour-long series presented by the Chicago Screenwriters Network that features guests from all across the screenwriting and filmmaking industry. Join us from anywhere in the world for presentations, discussions, and interviews with industry professionals. It’s free for annual members, but anyone can RSVP with a pay-what-you-can donation!

ADMISSION (RSVP available up till 30 minutes prior to the start of the event)

  • FREE for annual CSN Members
  • Pay-What-You-Can Donation for Guests/non-members


Guests will receive an invitation email with a URL link to the virtual event space. The link will go live roughly 10 minutes before the start of the talk. Be sure to join us promptly at or before the start time. You can use Zoom on your phone or tablet (download via Apple or Android store), or your computer via You do not have to activate your webcam or microphone to RSVP. Everyone uses different devices, different platforms and different providers. While we can’t diagnose your technical difficulties, we can offer a pair of links [here and here] of helpful tips when using Zoom.

Event Details
10. 17. 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm