ABOUT LINDA COWGILL
most recent screenwriting credits include the TV movies Newlywed and
Dead, written with Rhys Davies, and Honor Student, written
with David Decrane, both films on LifeTime.
Linda has written television and films for
Paramount, Universal, MGM, Warner Bros., Orion, and several small independents.
She wrote for the acclaimed series LIFE GOES ON, and her episode won the Genesis Award.
She has taught seminars and workshops at the
American Film Institute, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the
Boston Film Institute, Loyola Marymount University, IFP Miami and NALIP.
She currently heads the Screenwriting Department at the Los Angeles Film
School. Her books, Secrets of Screenplay Structure and Writing
Short Films, are used at colleges and universities across the US,
Canada and the UK. Recently, Writing Short Films has been
translated into German, and Secrets of Screenplay Structure into
Her experience mentoring screenwriters in the LA
Film School's Feature Film Development Program led her to create
The Art of Plotting seminar. Linda saw that while
her writers were using structural concepts, they were still not
maximizing the emotional, creative and technical potential of their
stories. Building on the lessons she gave to those writers, The Art
of Plotting hopes to provide other writers with the effective tools
to weave the threads of their stories into emotional, compelling and
She received her MFA from UCLA's School of Film and Television.
BOOKS BY LINDA
- The Art of
Plotting: Add Emotion, Suspense, and Depth to Your Screenplay
2007, Lone Eagle.
- Writing Short
Films: Structure and Content for Screenwriters
Edition, Lone Eagle
- Secrets of Screenplay
Structure: How to Recognize and Emulate the Structural Frameworks of
1999, Lone Eagle