“I enrolled in Trai Cartright's online class. I'm am getting a great
amount out of it. I've been in a workshop class with her and she is phenomenal.
I have gained so much from the lessons. I've written them out and underlined
and studied and journaled and shared with my critique group and re-written some
parts. I will continue to study and be inspired. Thank you Trai”.
“Whew! It's like therapy for my character!! Trai, I absolutely loved
this class! Everything we did was useful and important. The pacing of the class
was perfect, and your feedback was incredibly, fantastically helpful. Thanks
so very, very much!
This class has really helped me nail down the essentials of this story. It has
been very interesting to watch others work through the same process. Thanks
so much for your input and encouragement.”
“This is my first experience with online training also, and I couldn't
have done it any other way. You really made it accessible to someone with a
new job, deadlines, and a life with other responsibilities. Thank you so much!”
“Okay, for all of you who didn't make it the Colorado Romance Writers
meeting, you missed a doosey. Trai Cartwright's workshop was fabulous. It helped
congeal a few of things I have been thinking about for a while into a usable
and accessible form for my ‘little gray cells.’ Are we ever lucky
Trai decided to come home to Colorado!”
– Channah Horst
“It's always a pleasure to listen to someone who knows what she's talking
about, presents her ideas clearly, and makes it obvious how her information
can be helpful to me. That describes Trai's workshop on Screenwriting and how
it applies to fiction writers in the short story or novel form.”
– Linda Berry, author, The Trudy Roundtree Mysteries
“When I attended your workshop on Intuitive Structure, I immediately
wanted to call my publisher and say, ‘No, no it's not ready yet!’
I'd gotten a lesson on how important it is to have underpinnings to your tale
that go beyond the basic plot outline. Your energy made your classes absolutely
– Gayle Carline, mystery author, "Freezer Burn" (SCWC)
“ Started dreaming in screenplays by the third night. I can't watch movies
the same way anymore!”
– Delaney, Explorati Teen Writers Boot Camp
“Trai's a super instructor. She's very knowledgeable and informative
yet in a fun and relaxed way. As a workshop attendee, I felt I was in good hands!”
– Alicia Bien, actress (“24”), screenwriter
”I have attended several screenwriting seminars, and Trai Cartwright's
workshop was by far the best. Her inside knowledge of the specific criteria
that studio producers use to screen out bad scripts from good, is of great importance
to any screenwriter, who wants to achieve a profession level of writing skill,
and wants their scripts to succeed as films.
Trai's class provided material not covered in many screenwriting books, and
is based on her in-depth, working knowledge of the currently accepted standards
for professional screenplays. Her "Rewriting Checklist" and "20 Things I Wish
I Knew When I Started Screenwriting" are essential craft tools and excellent,
concise guides for screenplay writers of all skill levels and experience.”
– Randal Crookston, screenwriter (NCWC)
”Trai gave tips and guidelines for structural elements along with story
and character arc development. The information in her presentation will allow
me to skip a lot of the learning curve for screen writing.”
– Grace L., mystery writer
”I want Trai Cartwright to teach all my classes -- she even made even
the formatting stuff interesting. I couldn't wait to get to Writers Camp every
– Joey, Explorati, Teen Writers Boot Camp
“Trai, I so appreciate your positive feedback and support regarding
my WIP. You are the source of encouragement I need; my writing teacher. The
term writing teacher has a wonderful sound to it. Each of your suggestions will
help me enormously as I waddle my way through a deluge of information. I sincerely
appreciate your time and commitment to your true calling. Especially allowing
us to each work at our pace and your review of late submissions. Your assistants
are also great!”
– Kathleen Quinn
“Working with Trai was such a blast! She is sharp, dedicated and goes
the extra mile but she's also friendly and funny. Her Story Notes were extremely
insightful and inspired me to dig deeper. Her Market Evaluation and Submission
Services exceeded my expectations. Chapeau!”
– Rafaele Desire, author of "Island Bird"
“While working with me at Prelude Pictures, Trai produced a seemingly
endless supply of ideas, story breakthrough ideas, on countless treatments,
scripts and books. Her fertile mind worked non-stop on draft after draft helping
our writers improve their work.
Trai is dedicated to her craft, is not afraid to tear apart a concept and start
again, and has the patience to see a project through to the end.
Simply put, if I were writing scripts, I would want Trai there challenging
– Peter Saphier, Producer, Lost in Space, Scarface, Deerhunter
“Trai presented her feedback to my script in a very constructive manner,
offering suggestions and encouragement at the same time. And her comments were
carefully thought out and clearly articulated; it was obvious that she dug in
and did some serious work on my behalf. It was obvious that she cared about
me and my project.
She delivers praise with the same passion that she delivers criticism. I'm
working on a new script now, and when it gets to that point, guess who I'm gonna
– Diane Cheklich, Producer, Trap, Writer/Director Offshore
“Trai was the first person who instilled in me the confidence to take
on this task and guided me through the process with encouragement and kindness.
Her notes were always right on, she knew what sections worked and what sections
needed improvements. Trai's support has never wavered and I feel truly lucky
to have her as my mentor and friend.”
– Deborah Olchick, Line Producer, The Woodsman, Blade
“Trai generally gets right to the heart of the matter when giving story
notes. She not only has theoretical knowledge about good story construction,
more importantly she possesses a kind of sixth sense and can sniff out what
makes a story strong.
She can spontaneously figure out what a story needs. This is a big leap from
editors who say a story needs more pace, or needs to be funnier, but do not
know how to zero in on the areas that will make these improvements happen.”
– David Del Bourgo,“Prague Spring” (novel), “Beyond
The Valley of the Contemporary Poets”
“Trai is easily one of the best analysts I've worked with. Her notes
are consistently thorough, insightful and, most of all, ‘helpful’.
She knows her stuff and communicates it well. Her notes have helped me improve
every script I've had her read.”
– Matt Leonard, “Nanobots,” award-winning short filmmaker.
“ Trai has a talent for finding problems in a story, grasping them,
and twisting them around in ways so that what seemed impossible before suddenly
works. It's hard to define problems with characters and plot; it's even harder
to see ways of fixing them. Trai can do all this and more.
She is also great at understanding the story for what it is. She doesn't try
imposing her own vision on it; she only refines your own and helps it become
what you want it to be. An immensely helpful editor in any situation.”
– Benny Goldmintz, participant, Scriptwriter's High School Fellowship,
“Trai is a talented, perceptive and very experienced story analyst.
Her comments are always incisive, and her suggestions invariably improve the
story in question. She has a good feeling for what works and what doesn't.
When working with individual writers, she is selfless and dedicated. Her comments
go to the heart of the story and always keep in mind the commercial aspects
of screenwriting.Anyone who has the opportunity to work with her will learn
a great deal.”
– Lance Thompson, Writer (“Mr. Belvedere”), movie
“Trai has thorough understanding of the big five: story, structure, character,
theme and tone, but what impresses me most is her gift for recognizing the type
story a writer is attempting to tell. Then, instead of trying to change that
as many story gurus do, she offers notes suited to each writer's particular
style and voice.
This is an excellent opportunity to have your script analyzed by a talented
writer who has read and discussed thousands of scripts from all genres. She
really is dedicated to helping others create the best possible screenplays and
has the ability to take you to that next level as a writer.”
– Frederic T. Dray, Story Analyst - HBO Pictures, All Girl Productions,
Trai is a gold mine. She spoke to me in positive terms. She nailed the essentials
and brilliantly. she's a worker; she's thorough; she's savvy; she knows how
to approach people. She really knows her stuff. She's generous with it. I'll
keep in touch with her.
– Evelyn Marshall, author, “The Piano Player” (SCWC)