I was on the phone with one of my colleagues and I was telling her I was looking forward to having coffee with Blake Snyder – screenwriting coach extraordinaire and author of Save the Cat – the next time he was in town.
“Are you sitting down? I have to tell you, he passed away yesterday,” she said, adding she saw the bad news on his blog yesterday.
I want to share the screenwriting community’s distress, dismay and shock that this amazing teacher is no longer with us.
It’s such an abrupt and dramatic ending. I, for one, can’t take it in. I didn’t know him well, but I found him to be an incredibly generous and gifted teacher and mentor and supporter of writers.
Teachers with such generosity are not replaceable. His legacy and influence will continue to be felt in the students he taught.