Teaching at National University

Teaching at National University

Since 2011, I’ve begun teaching as an Adjunct Faculty and creating classes for National University’s online Master of Fine Arts in Professional Screenwriting Program.  I’ve been focused on the “TV Writing Track,” where I present an...
Most Influential Screenwriting Blogs

Most Influential Screenwriting Blogs

I was honored to be listed as one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Screenwriting Bloggers” by former MGM executive and Good in a Room author Stephanie Palmer. She included me alongside such luminaries as and Steven Pressfield — whose book The War of...
Online classes

Online classes

I’ve created and taught a variety of webinars for The Writers Store which are available on their website for $79 each.  These 90-minute powerpoint/audio classes present the key lessons I’ve learned about subjects such as adapting true stories, creating...
Teaching at UCLA

Teaching at UCLA

In 2013 I started teaching a course at UCLA Extension Writers Program on adapting true stories into feature screenplays. It’s a ten-week online class, available from anywhere in the world.  I use the Save the Cat books to help writers identify the proper genre...
Why “Flying Wrestler”?

Why “Flying Wrestler”?

The movie that first made me think of “screenwriting” as a future career pursuit was The World According to Garp, adapted by Steve Tesich from the John Irving novel, and directed by George Roy Hill. This was a film about an aspiring (and eventually...