“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?


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.

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.

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.

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.


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: June 8th-July 27th, 2024

Early Bird Deadline: March 15th, 2024 ($50 off tuition)
Regular Deadline: May 15th, 2024
Class begins: June 8th, 2024

Application Fee: $50.00
Course Fee: $999.00*

*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.


#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]

Ryan Swanson


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

Shun Lee Fong


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

Zena Dell Lowe


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

Nathan Scoggins


Writer/Director NATHAN SCOGGINS has written, produced and/or directed a number of projects over the ...

Tom Provost


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

Chris Easterly


Chris Easterly is an American screenwriter and television writer. He has written for the television ...

Marilyn Atlas

Literary Manager

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

Among her credits ...

Clare Sera


Clare Sera is an actress and writer, known for Smallfoot (2018), Blended (2014) and The Princess Dia...

Dan Rupple


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

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

Scott Teems


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

Sean Gaffney


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

Tyler Thompson


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

Tyler is al...

Craig Detweiler


Filmmaker and author Craig Detweiler, Ph.D., is President of The Wedgwood Circle.

He wrote the sc...

Monica Macer


Monica Macer is a writer and producer. 

She worked as an assistant at Nickelodeon Movies and a cr...

Lauren Snowden


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

Jeremy Howe


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

Grant Nieporte


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

Paul Guyot


Paul Guyot spent over 10 years working grunt jobs in Hollywood before his first writing gig on the J...

Todd Komarnicki


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

Jim Krueger


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