Wednesday, December 5, 2012



My interview with Professors Garland Waller (Boston University) and Richard Walter (UCLA)...

Monday, October 1, 2012

Susan's ASK THE SCREENPLAY DOCTOR October column...


Screenwriting consultant Susan Kouguell offers up words of wisdom from some of film's most successful screenwriters.

Sunday, September 2, 2012


My interview with Tariq Hager, co-director of the Prague Film School...

Prague Film School: An International Melting Pot for Filmmakers

Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell spent her summer at the Prague Film School. She interviews Co-Founder and Co-Director Tariq Hager about his school: a haven for passionate filmmakers of all shapes and sizes tucked away in a city that is as beautiful as the program is intense.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tribeca Film Festival "web conversation"

Thanks to my colleague at Tufts University (Professor Howard Woolf) for sending out this info and link:

An initiative from the Tribecca Film Festival ... what they've dubbed a "web conversation," ... coincides with the release of a new documentary Side by Side. The film -- and the daily entries that Tribecca will be putting up -- deal with digital, celluloid, and the future of filmmaking (and, by extension, the future of cinema).

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


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Thursday, May 17, 2012


Breaking into the Biz -

Tips for recent film and screenwriting graduates or those interested in breaking into the film biz...

Sunday, April 1, 2012



“With her engaging, insightful Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays! Susan Kouguell provides a valuable contribution to the ever-burgeoning world of screenwriting education. Avoiding highfalutin academic jargon, in clear, cogent language Kouguell illuminates the central principles that drive successful dramatic narratives. Most notably, she integrates story and character in a way that expands and enhances writers’ ability to tackle the daunting challenge that confronts all writers of worthy screenplays.”
Professor Richard Walter, UCLA Screenwriting Chairman

“Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays! is chock full of useful examples and exercises to help beginning and seasoned screenwriters deepen their characters. But don't let the title fool you: the book will also help you improve your screenplay structure as well as guide your thinking process as you decide which genre best suits your story. I can't recommend it highly enough.”
Barry Brodsky, Director, Emerson College Screenwriting Certificate Program

“Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays! is definitely a welcome and useful addition to the screenwriting repertoire!”
John Bernstein, Associate Professor, Film, Boston University College of Communication

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Writer's Day - Meet Susan

My workshop on March 31:

1E: How Do I Get My Screenplay Noticed and Into the Right Hands? with Susan Kouguell

Meet the author (Susan) at RiverRun Bookstore

I will be speaking at the RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth,
NH on March 27 at 7 pm :

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Meet Su-City's New Intern...

Katelyn Dobbs, screenwriting and film student at UNH, just completed a short documentary:

Here's an article about the film...

LONDON 1666 - Information

LONDON 1666 - a feature-length script written by Phil Skipp is gaining momentum and I am proud to be one of the producers on this project

To learn more...

Here is my intern Katelyn Dobb's London 1666 blog:

Friday, January 13, 2012

PraiseMaker News (Alvin Singleton, Composer/Susan Kouguell, Choral Text

The Alabama Symphony’s annual “Reflect and Rejoice: A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.” will not only honor the legacy of the civil rights icon next Sunday. It will also pay homage to the late Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, the Birmingham leader who worked with Dr. King in the fight against racial regregation.

ASO assistant conductor Fawzi Haimor will lead the orchestra, along with choirs from Alabama School of Fine Arts and Jacksonville State University. Co-sponsored by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the concert will begin with “An American Fanfare,” by Adolphus Hailstork, whose works have been featured several times at ASO concerts.

Mayor William Bell will provide the narration for Alexander Lamont Miller’s “Let Freedom Ring,” a 1998 composition for narrator and orchestra set to the words of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The mayor follows President Bill Clinton, James Earl Jones, William Warfield and Danny Glover in narrating the work. Jonathan Bailey Holland’s “House of Dreams” will be followed by “PraiseMaker,” a work for chorus and orchestra by Alvin Singleton, who has served as composer-in-residence at the Atlanta Symphony and taught at Spelman College in Atlanta.

PraiseMaker News (Alvin Singleton composer, Susan Kouguell, choral text

The music of Alvin Singleton and Joseph Schwantner plays a major role in the Martin Luther King, Jr. concert tributes this month in Atlanta and Alabama. The Alabama Symphony presents Singleton’s PraiseMaker on January 15, led by Fawzi Haimor.Commissioned and premiered in 1998 by the Cincinnati Symphony for the 125th anniversary of the Cincinnati May Festival, PraiseMaker is a 22-minute work for chorus and orchestra that features texts by filmmaker, poet and frequent Singleton collaborator Susan Kouguell. Fawzi Haimor conducts the event at the Alys Robins Stephens Center in Birmingham, AL - a city historically linked to the Civil Rights movement. Singleton describes PraiseMaker as a "universal, secular and celebratory" work about honoring the past. The title was inspired by the “praise singers” of Africa, who serve as the oral historians and celebrants of the traditions in their communities. A new recording of PraiseMaker was released on the recent Telarc recording The Singing Rooms, performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Robert Spano.