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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 - Part I

How to Win a Nicholl - Part II

How to Win a Nicholl - Part III

How to Win a Nicholl - Part IV

How to Win a Nicholl - Part V

How to Win a Nicholl - Part VI

How to Win a Nicholl - Part VII

How to Win a Nicholl - Part VIII

How to Win a Nicholl - Part IX

How to Win a Nicholl - 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 Characters in Worst..

How to Create Great Characters

How to Write Great Dialogue

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Nicholl Fellowship - intro

How to Win a Nicholl - Part I

How to Win a Nicholl - Part II

How to Win a Nicholl - Part III

How to Win a Nicholl - Part IV

How to Win a Nicholl - Part V

How to Win a Nicholl - Part VI

How to Win a Nicholl - Part VII

How to Win a Nicholl - Part VIII

How to Win a Nicholl - Part IX

How to Win a Nicholl - Part X