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How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part VI

If you have not already, please read the Nicholl Fellowship introductory article.

The How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship is a series of articles:

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part I

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part II

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part III

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part IV

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part V
How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part VI

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part VII

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part VIII

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part IX

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part X

Nicholl and AFF Screenplay Competition Directors talk Screenplay Conflict

Greg Beal, Director of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting; and Matt Dy, Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition Director, said this about screenplay conflict:

GREG BEAL: If we’re talking about well written screenplays featuring intriguing characters and strong dialogue, then the missing ingredient is all too often conflict...

MATT DY: I second Greg in that not establishing conflict is the most common problem with a lot of scripts. Conflict is what drives a story and moves it forward. Without conflict or greater stakes, there is no story.

Helpful Reel Authors articles on this topic include:

Drama and Conflict

The Stakes: Set Them High

Amp Things Up

Your Script Must Emote Well
Put your Characters in the Worst Possible Situations

How to Create Great Characters

How to Write Great Dialogue

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Nicholl Fellowship - introductory article

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part I: What are Nicholl judges looking for?

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part II: What Makes a Great Script - the Nicholl answers

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part III: What Makes a Great Story?

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part IV: Nicholl Fellowship advises on Screenplay Dialogue

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part V: Nicholl Fellowship advises on Screenplay Characters

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part VI: Nicholl and AFF Screenplay Competition Directors talk Screenplay Conflict

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part VII: Nicholl Fellowship advises on Verbose Descriptions

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part VIII: Nicholl Fellowship advises on Screenplay Formatting

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part IX: Nicholl Reader Comments

How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part X: Additional FAQ

External links

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Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Competition - home page

Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting - Facebook page

Example Nicholl-winning scripts

AFF Interview: Greg Beal, Franklin Leonard and Matt Dy

AbsoluteWrite: An Interview With Greg Beal

Moviebytes: Interview with Greg Beal: An Inside Look at the Nicholl Fellowships