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In this module, we’ll show you how to use the three act structure to properly pace your story, what should occur in each act, the length of each act, what happens at the beginning, middle and end of each act, and how to apply these techniques to your story.


  • 35:45 video that teaches you the three act story structure
  • Comprehensive resource guide
  • Story Structure Paradigms article
For Instructors:
  • Script Writing Course Curriculum Guide
  • Exercise - Dissecting Plot
  • Quiz and answer key to test your students' proficiency
  • PowerPoint presentation you can use to help support your classroom lecture


  • What the three act structure is and how you can use it when writing a movie script
  • How to write Acts I, II, III in a movie
  • What should happen in between each act
  • What is the turning point and what should happen
  • How to wrap up each plot at the end of the story
  • How to create strong conflict
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