Script Healing

Script Healing

Amazon offers dozens of pages of how-to books for screenwriters, written by unpublished and unproduced authors.  Jennifer is both a published poet, and a screenwriter with two scripts, one in early stages of development with a Chicago Production company, and the other in pre-production with A-list talent attached. (Plus she’s read most of those books, assimilated the knowledge, and gone to all the seminars.) Her knowledge of screenwriting is comprehensive, both in craft and execution. She takes a balanced approach to both producer’s ideas and writer’s work that handles their creations with both sensitivity and vigor.  And her passion for creativity and excellence drives her fellow creatives clients towards the best version of their stories, polishing them for launch either into the market or into production.

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These services are not about doctoring a script

Doctoring has become about treating a group of unrelated parts. Removing what doesn’t work without considering the relation to the functionality of the whole. These services are about healing the whole, not patching and butchering it. Jennifer works with both producers and writers to uncover the story THEY want to tell, and holistically factors in all the moving parts of the original vision, ultimately manifesting their highest expression. Together, you will nourish characters, strengthen and adjust plot, and massage fine thematic and symbolic details, ending with a fully integrated story you can be truly proud of.

Available Packages

“I’m a writer and…”

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"I have an idea."

This is for the preliminary stage of writing. This is the package for you if you have yet to write anything, if you just have an idea, or a twinkle of an idea. This package includes an initial phone or Skype call, lasting up to two hours, where you and Jennifer will discuss the ins and outs of your idea, why you want to tell your story, and will ultimately leave you with a solid foundation on which to build. The package also includes two follow-up sessions, lasting up to one hour each. This way you can stay on track and stick to your writing goals. $900.00

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"I wrote a treatment."

This is for the writer with a more developed idea, who hasn’t written a full draft yet. This is the package for you if you’ve already fleshed out your story and/or characters, and you need help finalizing your character arcs and/or story structure. You’ll start the ball rolling with Jennifer by sending her what you have together, and scheduling a phone or Skype call to discuss her notes in details lasting up to two hours.  One follow-up session up to a half hour is included in the package. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions, discuss suggestions, or to brainstorm with Jennifer. You’ll ultimately end up with a foundation and a solid game plan to begin writing your first draft. $750.00

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"I'm stuck."

This is for the writer who has either completed a draft and doesn’t know how to begin revising, or for a writer mid-way through a draft and stuck creatively. Let’s get those juices flowing and that keyboard clacking. You’ll get started by sending Jennifer whatever you have, and your summarized vision of your story. This package includes a single phone or Skype call up to two hours. $500.00

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"I'm lost in revisions."

This is for the writer who has spent so much time in revisions that they don’t know which end is up. You’ll send everything you have to Jennifer and your summarized vision for the characters and stories. She will deconstruct everything and help you build a clear and concrete story board and character development map. This package includes a phone or Skype call up to three hours and three follow up phone or Skype calls up to 45 minutes each. You’ll end up with a clear vision of the path you must take to get your story where it intrinsically wants to be. $1200.00

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"I thought I was done, but..."

This is for the writer who thought they were done, but they are getting bad feedback or static from contests and query letters. You’ll send your current draft to Jennifer for review, along with a summarized vision of the story you want to tell and the characters you envision telling it. This package includes a Skype or phone call up to two hours with Jennifer and two follow up sessions up to 30 minutes each. You’ll finish feeling confident in your path, with a clear and concise roadmap to the story you originally set out to tell. $900

I’m a producer and…”

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"I have a script."

For producers who’ve hit a wall with their current writer(s) and need a final creative to polish the hell out of their script. This package is priced on the basis of product budget. Please contact Jennifer to get the conversation started.

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“I don’t have a script.”

For producers with an idea but no writer. Please contact Jennifer to get the conversation started.

Writers: you can subtract $150 off any of these packages if you would prefer an email with (extremely) detailed notes instead of the initial phone or Skype call, and an additional $50 off for every email you prefer over a call.

“There aren’t many writers I’ve met who can manage being attentive, focused, thoughtful and above all creative all at the same time. Jennifer is one of those rare talents.”
Joe Orlandino, Producer

“Jennifer Cooney ate my screenplay! (And when I got it back it was significantly improved in all kinds of ways, from character and structure to dialogue and action – how did I manage to miss so much?) Best script mastication ever.”
Geoff Dupuy-Holder, Award-Winning Screenwriter, 36-Time Published Author

“She is one of the most balanced individuals I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Jennifer is not only a real human being but a human doing.”
Joe Orlandino, Producer

“Jennifer Cooney is the rare writer who enthusiastically welcomes collaboration, while at the same time maintaining her distinctly individual voice. She’s a pure joy to work with and bounce around fresh ideas and insights. Her characteristic wit, approachability and passionate conviction make the whole experience beyond rejuvenating.”
Lucia Mauro, Writer-Director

“Jen is a dynamite ally on any writing project! She’s one of the most balanced and versatile script doctors I’ve worked with. Her feedback strikes a great equilibrium of her own expectations as a fellow writer, audience member, and reader with a genuine concern for getting into your head to understand the story that YOU want to tell and helping you realize that vision. In terms of story construction, she’s as adept with pointers on shaping the overall structure as with down-and-dirty micro adjustments you can make immediately to straighten out individual scenes. Her personal commitment, as well as her credibility as an accomplished writer in her own right, come through in the fact that her comments simply aren’t a stack of generic, clinical tripe, but have a voice of their own. When Jen and I first worked together, there was a sizable pool of writers in our program to shake down for notes, but for the aforementioned reasons, Jen was someone I went to time and again for critiques that I knew would leave me with something clear and actionable, that would elevate the quality of my screenplay.”
Jason Montgomery, Screenwriter

“She is always a source of fresh ideas, compelling characters, dialogue that grabs you, and settings that make you feel like you’re in the scene. Her enthusiasm for the story manifests itself in the interactions and moods she creates. Her ability and willingness to work closely with directors and producers assists in providing a creative framework that helps develop the film’s mission and target audience.”
Joe Orlandino, Producer

“Working with Jennifer on rewrites of LOVE IS FREE WILL allowed me to open up my story to new avenues. Not to mention I cannot say enough about her eye for formatting and spelling errors which our mind starts to over look. After her feedback my script began placing in contests. She was and is an invaluable resource.”
Amanda Samaroo, Screenwriter