the 90-day screenplay

Summer Session
June 12 - September 11, 2025
Thursdays 12-1:30 pm PST


The 90-Day Screenplay™ is a Live-on-Zoom workshop with Alan Watt that will take you from initial idea to the completion of your screenplay in 90 days.

"Screenplays are structure."

- William Goldman

from concept to polish

There are no rules to writing a screenplay; however, passion without structure will only lead to confusion, and structure without passion, can only ever lead to formulaic writing.

There are few terms in the English language more hotly debated than “Three-Act Structure.” The problem is that when story structure is taught by story analysts they often misinterpret structure as “plotting.”

It isn’t. True story structure refers to the DNA of your protagonist's transformation - it is a guide through a series of experiences that leads your protagonist to some kind of transformed state - and within that framework, anything is possible. Anything.

The 90-Day Screenplay™ helps you to unlock the story within by guiding you through a process of marrying the wildness of your imagination to the rigor of structure.

"Character suggests plot."

You have a unique point of view and a desire to tell your story in an original way. The 90-Day Screenplay™ is where you make your dream a reality. Come bring your passion, your curiosity, your wisdom. Join The 90-Day Screenplay™ and write the movie you've always dreamed of seeing.

Many screenwriting workshops offer guidance to the completion of an outline or a draft of your First Act. The 90-Day Screenplay™ is a week by week guide through the process of developing your premise, clarifying your logline, allowing an outline to emerge, getting the first draft down quickly and finally rewriting your work in preparation for submission to agents and producers.

The 90-Day Screenplay™ is for screenwriters who are serious about filmmaking and ready to take their work to the next level.

about the workshop


live on Zoom

We meet once a week in a LIVE Zoom call on Thursdays from 12:00-1:30 pm Pacific Time, for 14 straight weeks. The workshop combines craft lessons, screening clips from various films, and stream-of-consciousness writing exercises to illustrate story principles.


watch the class anytime

You are not required to take the workshop live. Many screenwriters have day jobs or commitments during class hours, or sometimes life just gets in the way, therefore all of our sessions are recorded and are available for three weeks, respectively.


Q & A

Every workshop ends with a review of your homework, followed by a Q&A where I answer all of your questions. This is a time to gain clarity on the principles discussed. The goal is leave each session with a basic confidence in where you are heading for that week.


daily letters

Every morning a daily letter lands in your inbox. The letters were developed over the course of several years, and are a day-by-day guide through the process. Writers often comment on the synchronicity of the letters — on how they seem to meet you right where you are. While the letters focus on craft, they are also a response to the uncanny uniformity of experience shared by the many writers who have taken the 90-day journey before you.


group forum

The group forum is where you connect with your fellow classmates to share your experiences, hold yourself accountable, and take part in the daily discussion topics. Over the course of 90 days we discover that we're not alone - that our private struggles are universal and often provide clues into the world of our story.


one-on-one story consults

Over the course of the 90-day workshop I offer one-on-one story consults to current students where you can send me your three-page outline and I review it, make notes, and help you explore the most dynamic and compelling way to tell your story. There are a limited number of spots for this service. One-on-one consults are available at a special discount to writers paying the suggested workshop donation price. Consults are normally $650 (or $325 with the special discount — 50% off the regular price).

want a breakthrough right now?

In this free 90-minute video, I'll lead you to a deeper understanding of your screenplay, by guiding you through the process of marrying the wildness of your imagination to the rigor of story structure.

meet your teacher

alan watt standing in front of an L.A. Hillside smiling, hand in pocket

Hi, I'm Alan. They call me the Story Whisperer. I teach a process of marrying passion to craft to tell compelling stories. My students range from first-time writers to best-selling authors and filmmakers who've won numerous accolades for their work including the Pulitzer Prize.

L.A. Writers' Lab's mission is to help writers build a body of work. If you have a story to tell and are seeking support, guidance and community, then welcome. I look forward to working with you.

The written signature of Alan Watt, writing teacher

"Over 80,000 writers have taken the 90-day journey."

why writers love the 90-day screenplay

the 90-day screenplay

Suggested Donation - $1,500

Minimum Donation - $750 until May 29th, 2025