Not About the Work

Not About the Work

I, Tonya strikes me as a great example of a point I often find myself making to writers who bring me film or TV ideas about someone trying to accomplish something in a particular workplace or field of endeavor. And that point is this: “It’s not about the...
UCLA class taking students

UCLA class taking students

My UCLA Extension class on “Finding the Story in True Stories” is now taking students for Summer Quarter starting July 1. It’s an all online class that can be taken from anywhere.  The 15 slots have historically filled up very quickly, so if...
10/23 Webinar

10/23 Webinar

I’d doing a webinar on “Finding the ‘Story’ in True Stories” for The Writers Store on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 1 PM Pacific.  It’s a ninety-minute powerpoint/audio program where I discuss all the key lessons I’ve learned in...
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...
ARGO and creative license

ARGO and creative license

Script Magazine online published my article about ARGO’s use of creative license today.  Here’s how it begins: Having adapted a number of true stories for the screen, I found myself wondering, as I watched Argo, which moments might have been created for...
True Stories webinar available online

True Stories webinar available online

The webinar I taught for The Writers Store on “Finding the ‘Story’ in True Stories” is now available from their online store, for $79.  It’s a ninety-minute powerpoint/audio program where I discuss all the key lessons I’ve learned...
GLAWC

GLAWC

This Friday at 2 PM I’ll be presenting “Finding the ‘Story’ in True Stories” (a one-hour workshop) at the Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference at Los Angeles Valley College. I’ll also be serving on a panel there on Saturday at...