Have you always wanted to write, finish or revise your screenplay, novel, memoir, short story or essay? I have 30 years experience helping writers develop their stories into meaningful and compelling writing, and have helped hundreds of writers conceptualize, draft, revise and polish their work to achieve their writing goals. My approach is to help you find the story you are meant to tell, and to allow that story to develop into its full potential, and into the story it is truly meant to be. 

“Having relied on Candace’s instincts, judgment, and clarity, I can testify that she is the absolute best, and consider Shaping True Story Into Screenplay a great gift. So will anyone who reads the book.”

Robert Palmer, manager of Anthony Hopkins, Faye Dunaway, and Dick Van Dyke

We all have a great story to tell, and a great way to tell it. I can help you find that story and help you shape it into a powerful and marketable work. 

“Candace Kearns Read is an extremely talented screenwriter and story analyst. Anyone intending to develop material based on ‘real life’ will benefit from her wisdom and experience.”

Ben Press, Manager/Producer

Working at a pace of between one and 3 hours per week, my ongoing coaching services take you from concept-to-polished-draft and include goal setting, idea development, submission deadlines to keep you on track, deep reading with detailed notes, comments and suggestions, plus weekly 30-60 minute phone calls, Skype or in-person meetings.

“Thank you for all your wisdom and guidance. You are a great teacher, writer, and person, and the work done in your class has been so helpful. You give excellent advice, and don’t sugar coat, but at the same time install confidence.”

Kelly McAllister, screenwriter, director, and playwright, Denver Center for Performing Arts, New York International Fringe Festival

My goal is to help you bring out the writer within you and to empower you to discover and accomplish all of your creative writing goals, including the successful marketing of your work.

“Candace Kearns Read has a knack for whipping a weak script into shape. She is tough, but in the kindest way. ”

-Jeff Woolnough, Director, “Riverdale,” “Vikings,” “NCIS” and many others

My ongoing coaching fees are based on a rate of $80.00 an hour. Each writing project is unique, but in general, expect to spend the following amounts of time with me on a concept-to-polished-draft project:

FEATURE SCREENPLAY Six hours per month for approximately four months

NOVEL OR MEMOIR Six hours per month for approximately ten months

I also offer the following packages:

FEATURE SCREENPLAY REVIEW PACKAGE $400 (Includes deep reading of finished draft, detailed notes, comments and suggestions, + 30-60 minute phone call) * Successive drafts $250

TELEVISION PILOT REVIEW PACKAGE $300 (Includes deep reading of finished draft, detailed notes, comments and suggestions, + 30-60 minute phone call) *Successive drafts $200

PILOT AND BIBLE REVIEW PACKAGE $500 (Includes deep reading of finished draft, detailed notes, comments and suggestions, + 30-60 minute phone call) *Successive drafts $300

NOVEL OR MEMOIR REVIEW PACKAGE $600 (Includes deep reading of finished draft, detailed notes, comments and suggestions, + 30-60 minute phone call) * Successive drafts $250

Contact me to discuss how I can help