Al Watt is the author of The 90-Day Novel, Amazon’s number one book on writing, as well as The 90-Day Rewrite and The 90-Day Screenplay. He has written screenplays for numerous production companies and is the author of the bestselling novel Diamond Dogs (Little, Brown). He has won a number of awards for his writing including France’s 2004 Prix Printemps (Best Foreign Novel) and the American Library Assoc.’s Alex Award. The New York Times Book Review said, “Watt delivers a moving, multi-faceted story that sharply explores the legacy of violence, distorted forms of love and the high cost of genuine freedom,” and the Denver Rocky Mountain New said Diamond Dogs is “the cream of the debut-novel crop . . . a literary feast of the first order . . . its 17-year-old narrative voice rings entirely true.”
In the 1990’s he spent six years as consultant and speechwriter to the U.S. marketing director of one of the world’s top four accountancy firms.
His screenplay adaptation for Diamond Dogs is in preproduction with Quad Films (The Intouchables). Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four, Magic Mike) is set to star, with Watt executive producing. He also wrote and is producing the feature film The King of Happy Endings, which is in development.
Mr. Watt first taught a summer creative writing workshop at UCLA in 1998, and has been teaching and lecturing on the creative process in L.A. and at colleges around the country ever since. He spent three years teaching storytelling to inner city high school students through the non-profit arm of Spoken Interludes.
He founded L.A. Writers’ Lab in 2002 as a place for writers to deepen their craft by learning to marry the rigor of structure to the freedom of the muse. He has taught everyone from award-winning authors to A-list screenwriters, journalists, poets, actors, professional athletes, war veterans, housewives, doctors, lawyers, television showrunners, Emmy-winning directors, first-time writers, and anyone else with a story to tell.