“Act One is all you need to succeed in Hollywood as a writer. Don’t waste your time in a four-year screenwriting program. You can do it better and faster with Act One.”

 

We hear this a lot from alums about our writing program.

How are we uniquely distinctive?

1

Large Team

We draw from a large (amazing!) team of teachers who are also professional, working writers. They come off the lots, off the set, and out of the writers' rooms to teach you the basics (character, dialogue, formatting, structure) and more advanced topics. They share their industry “secrets” openly and are driven to make you the best writer you can be.
2

Values Driven

Our community of teachers, mentors, and writers are, in large part, professionals who hold Christian values and desire to see those instilled in their creative work, no matter what genre or storytelling arena. They offer a transparent and supportive environment in which to tell redemptive stories grounded in a Biblical worldview.
3

Concentrated Training

Our training is concentrated and extremely thorough. We incorporate a variety of teaching modalities--- lecture, video, writer panels and interviews, small groups, real-world writing exercises, and mentorships with professional working writers. We focus on getting you to mine great ideas, find your voice, develop memorable characters, and so much more.
4

Alumni Community

As an alumnus of Act One, we welcome you as part of a lifelong community of entertainment professionals. Act Oners are a close-knit group that continues to support and encourage each other in our professional creative journeys.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Over the 8-weeks, screenwriting basics (plot, character, dialogue, structure, world building, and more) will be taught via video courses, group Zoom sessions and one-on-one mentoring. The 8-weeks are structured like this:

  • Video-based Lessons
  • Weekly Live Zoom Classes
  • Bi-Weekly One-on-one Mentoring via phone or Zoom
  • Weekly writing assignments
  • Weekly film viewing assignments
  • Reading assignments (Screenplays, The Hollywood Standard, Making a Good Script Great, etc.)

COURSE DATES & TUITION

Course Dates

  • June 15th-August 8th, 2024
  • First day of classes begin on Saturday, June 15th.

Application Deadlines

  • Early Registration Deadline: April 1st
  • Registration Deadline: May 1st
  • Late Registration Deadline: June 1st

Application Fee: $50.00

Tuition Fee

  • $949.00* (If application is received by April 1st)
  • $1,049* (If application is received by May 1st)
  • $1,149.00* (If application is received by June 1st)

*Deposit of 50% of the tuition cost is required upon acceptance into the program to hold your spot. The remainder of the tuition balance MUST be paid before the first day of class.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

#1: Writing Sample of 5 pages (any narrative content)

#2: 2 Loglines (Original Ideas)

#3: Resume

#4: Statement of Faith: No more than 3 pages detailing the following: (1) Briefly describe your spiritual journey and your belief in Jesus Christ. (2) Why do you, as a Christian, want to write for movies or TV in Hollywood? (3) Cite examples of movies or TV shows that are most like what you aspire to write, and tell us why. (4) What are you hoping to learn at Act One? (5) What are your plans upon completion of the program?

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Hollywood Writing Program Faculty

[Subject To Availability]

James Cary

Screenwriter

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Monica Macer

Writer/Producer

Monica Macer is a writer and producer. 

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Jennifer Dornbush

Screenwriter/Novelist

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Bob Smiley

Writer/Author/Producer

Bob is a Writers Guild of America award-winning writer who has written with success in TV, film, and...

Ann Blanchard

Agent, CAA

Ann Develin Blanchard is an Agent in the TV Literary and Packaging department at leading entertainme...

Saladin K. Patterson

Screenwriter/Producer

Saladin K. Patterson is currently the showrunner of the new King of the Hill reboot on Hulu. Recentl...

Greg Weidman

Screenwriter

Greg Weidman is the writing partner of Geoff Tock. They are moderately successful film & TV writ...

Nathan Scoggins

Writer/Director

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Chris Easterly

Writer/Director

Chris Easterly is a screenwriter and independent filmmaker. A graduate of the prestigious Warner Bro...

Caleb Brown

Screenwriter/Script Consultant

Caleb Brown is a screenwriter and script consultant. 

His latest film, BLUE RIDGE, was released i...

Scott Reynolds

Writer/Producer

Scott is a writer/producer who has written for such television shows as Dexter, Jessica Jones, The F...

Craig Detweiler

Writer/Author/Filmmaker

Filmmaker and author Craig Detweiler, Ph.D., is dean of the College of Fine Arts and Production at G...

Jessica Grasl

Writer/Producer

Jessica Grasl has been a writer/producer on "Leverage" and "Hawaii Five-0," with then-partner (and f...

Karen Hall

Screenwriter

In her career as a screenwriter, producer and creative consultant, Karen Hall has worked on numerous...

Tyler Thompson

Writer/Producer

Tyler currently serves as co-writer and executive producer on the TV show The Chosen.

Tyler is al...

Bill Marsilli

Writer/Producer

Bill Marsilii (Deja Vu) broke into the industry with his first studio pitch. He has successfully pit...

Jennifer Irons

Writer/Agent

Jennifer Irons is a writer turned talent agent who studied at Act One in Los Angeles, California.

...

Zena Dell Lowe

Writer/Producer/Director

Zena has worked professionally in the entertainment industry for over 20 years as a writer, producer...

Bob Massey

Screenwriter

Bob Massey is a screenwriter.

Kim Sherman (YOU’RE NEXT, V/H/S) is slated to direct his feature ad...

Brian Bird

Writer/Producer

Brian Bird is co-creator and executive producer of the top-rated Hallmark Channel series WHEN CALLS ...

Tom Provost

Writer/Producer/Director

Tom Provost wrote the screenplay for Under Suspicion, a thriller starring Academy Award winners Morg...

Scott Teems

Writer/Filmmaker

A Georgia-born filmmaker whose upcoming projects include HALLOWEEN KILLS, which he co-wrote with Dan...

Barbara Nicolosi

Screenwriter

Originally from Portsmouth, Rhode Island, Barbara is a screenwriter, producer, columnist, and radio ...

Christine Swanson

Writer/Director

A visionary storyteller from Detroit, multiple award-winning director Christine Swanson earned her M...

Geoff Tock

Screenwriter

Geoff Tock is the writing partner of Gregory Weidman. They are moderately successful film & TV w...

Jim Krueger

Author

New York Times best-selling author Jim Krueger is a graduate of Marquette University, an award-winni...

Liz Suggs

Writer/Producer

Liz Suggs is a writer, producer, director and award-winning lyricist. Her musicals and songs have pl...

Shun Lee Fong

Actor/Writer/Producer

Shun Lee is an actor, writer, filmmaker, and the CEO and creative principal of Genuine Productions, ...

Jeremy Howe

Writer/Producer

Born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Jeremy moved to Los Angeles in 2002 for an internship at “Th...

Jacob Roman

Screenwriter

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Todd Komarnicki

Writer/Producer

Todd Komarnicki is a writer and producer, known for Sully (2016), The Professor and the Madman (2019...

Sheryl J. Anderson

Writer/Producer

Sheryl J. Anderson is a television writer/producer. She is currently the executive producer and show...

Paul Guyot

Writer

PAUL GUYOT has written and produced over 200 hours of television. His work includes FELICITY, the Em...

Andrea Nasfell

Screenwriter

Andrea Nasfell is an award-winning screenwriter whose most recently released film is the faith-based...

Marilyn Atlas

Literary Manager

Marilyn R. Atlas is a talent and literary manager and award-winning producer. 

Among her credits ...

Michael Warren

Writer/Producer

Michael Warren began his career writing for television as executive story consultant on the classic ...

Cheryl McKay Price

Screenwriter

Cheryl McKay Price has been professionally writing since 1997. She has been hired to write approxima...

Clare Sera

Actress/Writer

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Dean Batali

Writer/Producer

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Melissa Glenn

Writer/Producer

Melissa Glenn is a writer/producer who has worked on television shows such as "Citadel," Marvel's "I...

Sean Gaffney

Writer/Producer

Sean Gaffney has authored thirty produced plays, two feature films, four commissioned television pil...

Dallas Jenkins

Writer/Director

Dallas Jenkins is an American film and television director, writer and film producer.

He made his...

Quinton Peeples

Writer/Producer

Quinton Peeples is an Executive producer/TV writer; WGA member who most recently served as a co-exec...

Anthony Epling

Writer/Producer

Anthony Epling grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains where his mother wasn’t allowed...

Lauren Snowden

Writer/Director

Lauren C. Snowden earned her B.A. from California State University, Northridge in Radio-TV-Film with...

Grant Nieporte

Writer

Grant is best known for writing Seven Pounds, starring Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, and Woody Harrels...

Ryan Swanson

Writer/Producer

Ryan Swanson is a writer and producer, known for Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Drop Dead Gorgeous (19...

Dan Rupple

Producer/CEO

Dan Rupple has worked in the media industry for over 40 years.

For over ten years, he was at CBS ...

Sam Curphey

Entertainment Attorney

Sam Curphey is a Los Angeles-based entertainment attorney. He represents producers, writers, directo...