Have you dreamed of writing a screenplay, novel, or memoir, but can’t make yourself sit down and start because you don’t know the “rules,” or think it will stink when you’re done?
Do you struggle with specific craft issues– structure, character, dialogue, or voice?
Do you try to cram in writing between other engagements—work, family, social life—and never really move forward on your projects?
Have you shelved a story you wanted to write because of fear?
Especially the negative thoughts part. Some of these thoughts not only lived in my head, they set up a freaking house party. Seriously, with champagne. I tried everything to banish them. First, I worked harder than everyone else. When that didn’t work, I tried working less hard than everyone else. My fear of failure was so intense that at one point, I held onto a script for two years because I felt sure I would be crushed when everyone hated it.
Guess what? When I finally sent it out, it sold.
My goal is to make you a better, happier writer. I will help strengthen and deepen your craft, give you tools to overcome resistance, and aid you to tap in more fully to the stories, characters and themes that matter to you.
I’m a screenwriter, film director and story consultant. I’ve worked with both New York Times best selling authors, and newbies who are working on their first book or screenplay. I’m also currently a script editor on several Australian feature films. As a writer myself, I’ve penned scripts for Touchstone Pictures, Witt Thomas Productions, and Disney’s animation division. I wrote and directed a feature film for Trimark Pictures, and co-produced the award-winning documentary “Somewhere Between.” I’ve taught screenwriting in the MFA Screenwriting Program at UCLA, and UCLA Extension’s creative writing program. I’ve also served as a mentor at the Meryl Streep/Oprah Winfrey IRIS Writer’s Lab for Women in New York.
Most importantly, I’ve been you. I’ve struggled with writing craft, vision, follow through and fear.
— I help you access your heart, so you can identify and pursue the emotional core of the story you’re trying to tell.
— I help take your craft to the next level through instruction, specific feedback and writing exercises. We’ll talk about structure, character, dialogue and scenes. Whether you’re a beginner, or already produced/published, we’ll lean into your strengths and work on your challenge areas.
— I help you recognize your own particular form of mental resistance and teach you how to neutralize it. I’ll also give you the tools to create a daily writing practice and increase your productivity.
— I help you eliminate the competition. Yes, it’s possible! And easy.
Most importantly, I’ll help you achieve your writing goals.