You Can
Beat that
Story Challenge

Learn the building blocks of story construction with
master storyteller Steve Cuden.

Read. Listen. Learn.




“Steve Cuden’s Beating Hollywood is actually two essential screenwriting books in one: the first, a masterful collection of tips crucial to aspiring and professional writers alike. The second is a brilliant education in the structure of Hollywood’s greatest movies. Screenwriting books don’t get better than Beating Hollywood!”

Michael Colleary

Co-Writer, Face/Off

Steve Has Interviewed

Bryan Cranston

Actor, Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle

Tamara Tunie

Actress, Law and Order: SVU, 24, Flight with Denzel Washington

Phil Proctor

Writer-Actor, The Firesign Theater

Amanda McBroom

Singer-Songwriter, The Rose

Norman Steinberg

Writer-Producer, Blazing Saddles, Johnny Dangerously, My Favorite Year

Pamela Phillips Oland

Songwriter-Lyricist, Recorded by Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and many more

David Newell

Actor, “Mr. McFeely” on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

Paige Davis

Actress-Host, Trading Spaces, Chicago (on Broadway)

George Newbern

Actor, Scandal, Nip/Tuck, The voice of the animated Superman

Dana L. Davis

Actress-Novelist, Heroes, Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now

“Steve Cuden’s years of professional experience in television and Broadway combine for a powerful, clear, strong insider’s how-to manual about story structure in musical theatre. It’s like he’s giving away trade secrets. A must-have in any serious musical theatre writer’s library!”

Scott Guy

Executive Director, New Musicals, Inc. and multiple Emmy-nominated Screenwriter