KAPOW! Writing Action That Pops

John Hilary Shepherd
VP, Production & Development
New Republic Pictures

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Picture this: you’re in the middle of writing an amazing action sequence—a fight scene, a car chase, or something completely new—when you realize you’ve been using the same three words over and over again to describe everything that’s happening. And how much action is too much action to include anyway?

Sound familiar? Don’t worry, we’ve been there, and that’s why we have John Shepherd here to help us sharpen up our writing!

In This Two Week Clinic, You Will Learn:

  • How to craft effective action that draws the reader in
  • How much description is too much and how to avoid overwriting
  • How to use action to further the story and characters
*At the end of the two weeks, you will walk away with a killer action scene as well as a strong grasp of how to write compelling action!  
About Your Host

John Hilary Shepherd is Vice President of Development for Brian Oliver's New Republic Pictures, after running development at Cross Creek Pictures and overseeing a slate of films that grossed $1.2 billion worldwide and received 3 Academy Award wins and 2 Best Picture Oscar nominations. He has an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute and a WGA Award nomination for his work on the Showtime television show NURSE JACKIE.

What To Expect

Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation email that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email you will find a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to your syllabus, instructions for submitting material (if any), and the link to join the Live Class. Sessions are conducted via video conferencing software ZOOM. You will receive a link to the recording of the session via email following the live session.

Payment Plans

Payment plans are available for most multi-week classes. For 4-week programs, your balance will be due the second week of class. For longer programs, the balance will be broken up into 3 or 4 payments with the final payment due prior to the final week of class. Please note that you are responsible for the full price of the class even if you decide not to complete the program for any reason.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel for a full refund up to 72 hrs. prior to the start of the class. Cancellations requested after this deadline will be ineligible for refunds.


If you have any questions at all about this class, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at alex@roadmapwriters.com!

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