Story Mentor Tom Schlesinger

I facilitate creative teams to maximize their creative synergy and storytelling potential.  I do this by making story development efficient, productive, and enjoyable. The result: powerful commercial stories that reach a vast audience and meet creative and commercial goals.

I guide creative teams to express and sustain their creative vision from conception to broadcast.

As Story Mentor on the Academy Award winning “Nowhere in Africa” and the HBO documentary “Prom Night in Mississippi” with Morgan Freeman, I will help you turn your creative successes into a sustainable business.


Tom’s extraordinary guidance on my scripts for “Nowhere in Africa” (Academy Award Winner) and “Beyond Silence” (Academy Award Nominee) enriched my award-winning films immensely.
– Caroline Link, writer-director Nowhere in Africa (Academy Award, Best Foreign Film)

Tom’s wisdom, inspiration, and deep understanding of character and story continue to guide me on each screenwriting journey.
– Pamela Gray, screenwriter Conviction, Music of the Heart, A Walk on the Moon

Tom has the amazing ability to guide writers to a place of enhanced creativity.
– Michael Lehmann, director True Blood, The Truth About Cats and Dogs

Tom has a very unique approach to story and I’m extremely grateful to have had his guidance.
– Jennifer Arnold, writer-director A Small Act (2011 Emmy Nomination, Sundance Jury Prize nominee)

The first thing I did when I began writing was to pick up the phone and call Tom. I can’t think of a more insightful and inspiring “wing man”. He truly guides me to do my best work.
– Daniel Stamm, writer-director The Last Exorcist

Collaborating with Tom has been absolutely essential for me and, aside from his sheer intellectual input, so much fun!
 – Doris Doerrie, writer-director Nobody Loves Me, Enlightenment Guaranteed

Tom helped me focus on possibilities instead of limitations. His qualities as a guide cannot be valued enough, not to mention that he is a great guy, and tremendous fun to work with!
– Reto Caffi, writer-director On the Line (Academy Award Nominee, Best Short Film)

Tom is the best: full stop!
– Daniel Speck, screenwriter Meine Verrueckte Tuerkische Hochzeit (Bavarian TV Award: Best Feature Film)

Tom has a keen sense of the “big picture.” His insight allowed us to envision structure and effective character arcs in the early stages of development — important assets in creating a great screenplay. – Ashwin Rajan, Producer,  Blinding Edge Pictures

Working with Tom Schlesinger is worth its weight in gold!
—Paul Saltzman, director-producer, Prom Night in Mississippi

Attending Tom’s workshop was a creative turning point for me as a documentary filmmaker.
—Nimisha Mukerji, director-producer, 65 Red Roses