Dara Marks

Dara Marks, Ph.D.
Leading international script consultant, seminar leader, and author

Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc

Whether you’re a beginning screenwriter or an A-list Academy Award winner, all writers struggle with the same thing: to get to the great script inside. Step-by-step, Dara’s presentation, Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc guides you through an extraordinary new process that helps identify your thematic intention—what your story is really about—and teaches you how to turn that intention into the driving force behind all your creative choices. The result is a profound relationship between the movement of the plot and the internal development of character, which is the foundation for the transformational arc. The transformational arc is the deeper line of structure found inside the story. Knowing how to work with the arc enhances your ability to:

  • Express your unique point of view
  • Give meaning and urgency to the line of action
  • Infuse your characters with richness, subtlety, and surprise
  • Develop a powerful emotional undercurrent
  • Make your stories stand out and get attention.

A strong transformational arc is the single most important element that makes the difference between a good screenplay and a great one. Dara will share the real inside scoop on how to write a great screenplay with depth, dimension, and substance.


Dara Marks, Ph.D. is a leading international script consultant, seminar leader, and author of one of the top selling books on screenwriting, Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc. Dara has specialized in the analysis of the modern screenplay for the past two decades, and Creative Screenwriting Magazine has rated her the number one script consultant in the business: “Dara Marks is in a class by herself.” She has worked for most major Hollywood studios and her advice has been sought on a variety of films and television programs. Dara has a doctorate degree in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute, focusing her thesis on The Transformative Function of Story. Her groundbreaking work in this field continues to help writers engage more deeply and effectively in the creative process.


“There is always a lot of talk about the need for better quality entertainment in the media. But change doesn’t occur just because it’s a good idea. Transformation is a process that demands consistent, conscious effort applied over time. This is GATE’s greatest strength and it is the reason why it will succeed where others have failed. GATE, under the indomitable leadership of John Raatz, doesn’t just have a big vision, it has an enlightened vision of a media industry that could do better if it knew better. I’m proud to be a part of GATE’s consistent, tenacious effort to lead by example and show how transformational content isn’t just good for the soul, it can even enhance box office revenues – while at the same time enhancing the quality of our lives.”