How to Format a Screenplay w/ Dr. Format: Dave Trottier

Dave Trottier
The Screenwriter's Bible

Formatting is one of the least creative but most important parts of a script. While the technical aspects of it can be daunting, Roadmap is thrilled to have Dr. Format himself, Dave Trottier, host a Webinar to simplify spec screenplay format and make it easy for you to apply formatting to your current writing project. It’ll cover everything from the basics of scene headings (slug lines) to formatting narrative description (action), and dialogue blocks. In his presentation, Dave answers specific questions and addresses common formatting problems. Now you can get the answers you’ve been seeking!

This 90-Min. Webinar Will Cover:
  • What makes formatting so important
  • Understanding your audience
  • Two formatting myths
  • The three parts of a screenplay
  • The ins and outs of master scene and secondary headings
  • How to use special headings (montage, flashback, dream, etc.)
  • When to use CAPS
  • Common mistakes writing action
  • The three parts of a dialogue block
  • The creative uses of formatting
  • TV format
About Your Host

Dave Trottier is a produced screenwriter who has helped hundreds of writers break into the writing business. He is in-demand script consultant, award-winning teacher, and author of The Screenwriter’s Bible (now in its sixth edition), and host of His “Ask Dr. Format” column is the longest-running screenwriting column in the industry.

What To Expect

Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email, there will be a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to the page containing the Webinar recording. Under that link will be the Password you'll need to unlock the page and enjoy!


If you have any questions or any trouble accessing the recording, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at!


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