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Beat Sheet Masterclass

Do you want to master the art—and science—of story structure?

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This course will give you the secret to getting it right every time.

Writing a story without knowing how to structure it is like building a house without a blueprint.

The uncertainty can keep you frustrated and spinning your wheels. It may even keep you from the success and revenue that you want and deserve as a writer.

Like many writers...

  • Maybe you have a great idea but don’t know where to start.

  • Or you’re stuck in the “muddy middle” of the story and don’t know your way out.

  • Or you’ve written a first draft but don’t know how to revise it into a polished, professional piece.

So what do you do? How do you organize a well-told story from the start?

This 43-minute course will give you the secret—a foolproof method developed by Story Summit faculty member Margaret South, who founded All Girl Productions with Bette Midler and Bonnie Bruckheimer.

​Margaret developed the beloved movie Beaches, along with feature film projects for Disney, Fox and Tri-Star Studios, HBO, ABC, and NBC.

After years of working in the industry, she created her Beat Sheet system, a step-by-step process that lays out your entire story on one page.

With Margaret’s Beat Sheet method, you can assess your story and fine-tune the structure before you write. This will save you countless hours, and it gives you a huge advantage in selling your manuscripts and screenplays.


Margaret South Going to the Oscars with Bette Midler and Bonnie Bruckheimer.

The fact is, writing is a competitive field. And a good share of the stories that make their way to agents and managers are rejected for one reason: The story simply isn’t put together properly. It starts in the wrong place, misses key moments in the characters’ development, and doesn’t deliver the plot or pacing that a well-told story needs.

Our Beat Sheet course will fix that for you and give you a leg up in this lucrative marketplace. With clear instructions and helpful examples, it will give you the essential secrets of knowing where to start, where you’re going, and how to build up to a satisfying end.

Think of it as a roadmap that shows each stop along the way of your story. It helps you clarify the objective for each act, shows you the overall arc, and pinpoints the important emotional moments.

Your Beat Sheet will show you any weakness in your story—something you want to know sooner rather than later. It will also help you refine your story into a logline or elevator pitch, making you more marketable to agents, managers and editors.


  • Recognize the patterns in every story.

  • Understand the reader’s or viewer’s expectations.

  • Use the principle of Cause and Effect in linking your chapters/scenes.

  • See how patterns work in music, art, and nature, and why they matter to your story structure.




  • Beat Sheets from The Wizard of Oz and Beaches. These real-life examples show you exactly how the Beat Sheet worked for blockbuster stories—and how it can work for you.

  • Clear directions for making a Beat Sheet for your own story. There’s no guesswork—Margaret will walk you through the process step by step.

  • Prompts to help you discover the structure and meaning of your story. These writing exercises are priceless, making it crystal clear what your story is about and how to write it.

Imagine sitting down to write and knowing exactly what to do and why. That’s the power of the Beat Sheet, and it will revolutionize your writing from this point on.

Jumpstart your writing career today for just $9.95! You’ll receive a link and immediate access to the video, which you can watch as many times as you like.


It takes just an hour to watch, and you’ll be on your way, creating your own Beat Sheet and feeling confident about your story and your ability as a writer. 


Learn how to write your story right, and save yourself weeks, months, even years of wasted energy. Our Beat Sheet Course Video will show you how.

Regular price $75
Today's Price Only $9.95

You’ll receive a link and immediate access to the video, which you can watch as many times as you like.

Bonus - Access to our private Facebook group 
Gain exclusive access to our private Facebook group with more than 1,800 fellow writers who share your journey and passion.

About Your Instructor

Margaret South founded All Girl Productions with Bette Midler and Bonnie Bruckheimer, and developed feature film projects for Disney, Fox and Tri-Star Studios, HBO, ABC, and NBC, including the beloved Beaches. Together with Ms. Midler, she wrote the screenplay A View from a Broad for Disney Studios.


Ms. South also created the innovative Kids Talk Story curriculum, provided in public schools. She has appeared at the Crossroads Writers' Conference, the Maui/Hawaii Writers’ Conference, the Women in Film Convention, as well as American Pen Women, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has worked with writers for over three decades.

About Story Summit

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Story Summit is an international writing school offering virtual and in–person classes and events. Founded by David P. Kirkpatrick, the former president of Paramount Pictures and chief of production at Walt Disney Studios, Story Summit is based on the three pillars of Inspiration, Encouragement, and Education. Our mission is to build community and connection among students and faculty while delivering world-class instruction in the art and craft of writing.

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