Screenwriting for Young Scribes
Growing up in Wisconsin, I didn't know what a screenplay was until I was about 15, when my older brother spent a summer interning in Los Angeles and brought home a pile of screenplays. The stack included Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" and "True Romance," and after I read them, I was hooked. I bought a book called "Screenplay," written by Syd Field, and I taught myself how to write a script.
I didn't have any connections to Hollywood, and there certainly weren't any classes that taught screenwriting in my small Midwest town. But that didn't stop me from pursuing my dream of writing movies, and after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I packed up my mom's Volvo station wagon and drove to L.A.
Fast forward to the present, and I've been lucky enough to have been making my living as a screenwriter and author for the last 18+ years! I've written for the big screen, for television, and am a best selling published author.
Recently, while out to dinner with my brother's family, I was speaking to my 11 year old nephew, who told me he was looking to sign up for an after-school writing class. Specifically, he was interested in learning how to write for movies and TV. And to my surprise, my brother told me that after an extensive search, he discovered that no such class existed for kids. Not for 11 year olds. Not for middle schoolers. Not even for high schoolers.
I decided it was time to change that.
The First Writers Club is a screenwriting class for kids. Aspiring young scribes will learn everything from Fade-In to The End. They will discover what makes an idea marketable in Hollywood, how to write a screenplay in the correct format, the rules of the three act structure, and much, much more.
I will be sharing all of the wisdom and knowledge I've gathered in nearly two decades of writing professionally in Hollywood, the secrets and resources I use to succeed, and invaluable feedback on the students' work.
I hope your kids will join me on this journey!