Study with Me


Want to study with me?  If you're part of a writers' group, school or other organization and want to bring me out for a guest artist visit, check out the Arrange a Visit page.  But even if you can't meet with me in person, we can still work together.  Here's how:

Writers University
Whether you're a student looking for a leg up in playwriting, or a teacher who wants a solid playwriting foundation before you teach playwriting to your own students, "Introduction to Playwriting" is an easy, reasonably-priced way to learn the playwriting basics in the comfort of your own home or office. Each week in this month-long online course, you'll be given a series of lessons (e.g. character, structure, setting, etc.) and be assigned writing exercises on which I'll personally give you feedback. Not only that, but you'll have the opportunity to interact with me online and ask questions about playwriting. "Introduction to Playwriting" is part of Writers University, an offshoot of The Writers Store, which has been in the writing business for over two decades. The next session begins on September 12, 2011. To see a detailed course syllabus or to enroll, visit Writers University today!

Virtual Classroom
The next best thing to having me visit in person is to have me as a virtual guest artist. Let me know your needs and parameters, and I'll custom design a course for your students. I've successfully worked with both individual writers and school groups in the past via Skype video conferencing. Whether your school is in the United States or Canada, or as far away as the United Kingdom, Dubai or Australia, a virtual guest artist experience is a possibility!

 
 
Co-Chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles
Playwrights
, member of The Dramatists Guild of America, and life member of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center.

Final Draft Resident Playwriting Expert and author of Playwriting101.com.

Resident Playwriting Expert of The Writers Store.





Recent News
Thicker Premieres at Pasadena International Film Festival!
My short film directing debut, Thicker (which I also wrote), starring Erik Odom and Nick Podany, premiered at the Pasadena International Film Festival as part of the "Truth" bill of shorts in March 2016!
Straight Eye for the Gay Guy wins at California Independent Film Festival!
Straight Eye for the Gay Guy, which I adapted into a short film directed by Mary Lou Belli, won "Best Mini-Short" at the California Indepdendent Film Festival in September! It has since also screened at Palm Springs' Cinema Diverse, presenting the best in LGBT cinema, and the Ojai Film Festival.
Take My Online Playwriting Course!
Want to study playwriting from the comfort of your home, workplace or anywhere at all?  In Introduction to Playwriting, you'll get all of the basics of playwriting and be well on your way to writing a new play, but you don't even have to get out of bed if you don't want to!  Look for a new session this summer.  Get more information and enroll here:
www.screenwritersuniversity.com
Two New Plays Now Available
Check out the latest additions to my catalogue! There's a new short play, Dolphin, about the aftermath of a cyberbullying incident, and The Magic Hour, which is the stand-alone follow/up/sequel to my widely produced one-act, 4 A.M. Both are now published by Playscripts!
Playwriting Webinars!
Now available for purchase, two great webinars from yours truly! Each is nearly 90 minutes and packed with info (with a PowerPoint too!):
Playwriting 101:  Everything You Need to Know to Write a Play
Writing Plays for Young People: How to Write for the Biggest Market Nobody Knows About

Upcoming Productions
Rumors of Polar Bears (one-act)
Cambridge-Isanti High School (Cambridge, MN), January 2017
 
Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions
Deep Run High School (Glen Allen, VA), January 2017
 
High School (non) Musical
Bonita Vista High School (Chula Vista, CA), February 2017
 
4 A.M.
The Math Science and Arts Academy (Lake Charles, LA), February 2017
 
4 A.M.
Youth Arts Committee (Dauphin, MB, Canada), March 2017
 
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Scarborough High School (Gorham, ME), March 2017
 
Harry's Hotter at Twilight
Kammerer Middle School (Radcliff, KY), April 2017
 
4 A.M.
North Mecklenburg High School (Huntersville, NC), June 2017
 
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
The Valley School of Southern Oregon (Medford, OR), June 2017
 
 
(un)Selfie: Through scenes and monologues, an exploration of the selfie: the good, the bad and the ugly.

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Starting out as a writer? Get help by clicking here. You'll find playwriting instructional tips, links to young playwrights contests, sample query and cover letters and even a suggested reading list!
 
Can't figure out why your script isn't working? I can help. For a reasonable rate, I will give you detailed feedback to get your project back on track.

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