the 90-day screenplay
LIVE on Zoom

Winter : begins Jan 27th, 2021
Summer : begins June 30th, 2021

A Live-on-Zoom workshop with Alan Watt that will take you from initial idea to the completion of your screenplay in 90 days.

“I have taken The 90-Day Screenplay at least three times with different projects. I cannot recommend Al highly enough. He's my guy. If you take your career seriously, make him yours.”

Jessica Sharzer

Co-exec. producer, American Horror Story

THERE IS NO FORMULA

As screenwriters we each have a unique point of view and a desire to tell our story in an original way. And so, it's understandable that when we open virtually every screenwriting book or attend a weekend seminar, we sense that we're being asked to conform to a prescribed formula. Except for the word "God" 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 typically mistake structure for “plotting.”

It isn’t.

In The 90-Day Screenplay you will unlock the story within by learning a process of marrying the wildness of your imagination to the rigor of structure. There are a series of experiences your protagonist always passes through on their journey to transformation. But this is not a formula. Story structure is an immutable paradigm for a spiritual transformation. The structure of all films, from the most traditionally structured, to the apparent exceptions like MementoPulp Fiction, or The English Patient, can be distilled to three words: Desire. Surrender. Transformation.

When you begin to experience your story as your protagonist's struggle to resolve a dilemma, the screenplay starts to come alive. You begin to see that all of the images, ideas and fragments of dialogue are valid and have a place in the script when you can distill them to their nature.

"Al Watt understands that the primacy of structure is directly connected to the unconscious mind. The story is already written, The 90-Day Screenplay helps you find it by instilling the hard rules of craft while coaxing your muse from hiding. Al is a wizard, a jester, a drill sergeant - and the best part is that in 90 days, no matter what, you will have a finished screenplay."

Allison Burnett

Screenwriter of Underworld: Awakening

“It is difficult to distill what Al Watt does in his workshops. He helps the writer tap into that secret world that lies within, a world often victim to procrastination, insecurity and lack of focus. He instills a fundamental knowing that we are uniquely qualified to tell our stories, that our conscious mind is a filter through which passes our creativity, and that the trick is to not let it get in the way but rather provide a structure under which we can create.”

Donna Powers

Screenwriter of The Italian Job

 “I am a fan of Al’s writing for the skill, depth, and insight he brings to the table.  And I’m a fan of the care and craftsmanship he brings to teaching.”

Peggy Rajski

Producer of Little Man Tate and The Grifters

about the workshop

live on zoom - Alan Watt teaching an online writing class at his computer office books behind him

We meet once a week in a LIVE Zoom call on Wednesdays from 12-1:30 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.

Each Zoom workshop is recorded. You will receive a link to rewatch the workshop as often as you wish for up to three weeks.

Every morning a daily letter from The 90-Day Screenplay, lands in your inbox.

The letters were developed over the course of several years, and are a daily guide through the process.

Writers often comment on the synchronicity of the letters, and on how they seem to meet you right where you are. This is because they were a response to the daily experiences of the many screenwriters who shared this journey on the group forum before you.

the daily letters - Alan Watt sitting in the sand at the beach
the group forum - a collection of writers attending a workshop with Alan Watt, taking notes

The 90-Day Screenwriters are a tribe, and the group forum is where we meet each day to share our daily experiences and hold ourselves accountable to our daily page count.

Over the course of 90 days we discover that the agonies and ecstasies which caused us to question whether or not we were really a screenwriter, are, in fact, par for the course.

It can be liberating to realize that you're not alone, that your private struggles are universal, and can frequently offer direct clues into the world of your characters.

 

During the first month of the workshop, in the outlining phase, I offer one-on-one story consultations where you can send me your three-page outline.

I review it and make notes, and then we go over it together in a one-hour consult to explore the most dynamic and compelling way to tell your story before you begin your first draft.

There is an additional cost for this service, and it is only available for writers paying the suggested donation price.

one-on-one story consults - Alan Watt standing by an open door smiling

When you trust yourself and let go of the results, you are always rewarded. It may not necessarily be monetary, but I promise you, if you do this work with sincerity and commitment, you will grow as a writer and the rewards will exceed your expectations.

The desire to write is the desire to evolve - to resolve something we seek to understand. When we let go of the result, the result is often amazing.

I look forward to working with you.

The written signature of Alan Watt, writing teacher

"Story structure is not a formula. It is an immutable paradigm for a spiritual transformation." 

register for the 90-day screenplay

Suggested Donation - $750
Minimum Donation - $250 (until Dec 31st, 2020)

the 90-day screenplay includes

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Fourteen 90-min workshops (Wednesdays 12pm PST)

question mark

Live Q & A following each session

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Playback access of all workshops

letter envelope

90 daily letters

pencil

Daily writing prompts

two talk bubbles

Group forum to stay connected

an open book

One-on-one consult
(additional charge)

vocal microphone

Special guests

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Accountability groups

the 90-day screenplay syllabus

When - Wednesdays 12-1:30 PST, beginning Jan. 27th, 2021
Where - Live-on-Zoom
Length - 14 consecutive Wednesday sessions

frequently asked questions

This workshop is donation-based. The suggested donation is $750, however, if you’re struggling financially then that should not interfere with your ability to take the course.

There are no prerequisites to join. You will find New York Times bestselling authors writing shoulder to shoulder with first-time writers. I’m teaching a process of getting the story from your imagination to the page. Start where you are.

We offer 100% refund in the first 7 days of the workshop if you need to drop out for any reason. There can be no postponements for future workshops.

I offer two full scholarships each semester for military veterans and for stories of diversity. If you would like to apply, please submit a letter up to 300 words describing your story to info@lawriterslab.com.

All workshops are recorded and available for up to three weeks, so you can watch them as often as you wish.

I offer this workshop twice a year, once in the winter and once in the summer. If you can’t make the next one coming up, stay tuned for future dates.

This workshop meets on the same day each week for 14 consecutive weeks beginning on the start date, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Yes, it probably will. While the objective of the workshop is to complete a screenplay in 90 days, the goal of the workshop is to deepen your relationship to your creative spirit, and we cannot do this without creating an environment where each writer feels respected and honored, and where their story is valid. I try to be encouraging, positive, passionate, deep, thoughtful, intuitive, and extremely curious about the story you’re attempting to express. I won’t impose my ideas onto your work, but rather, through inquiry, guide you to the heart of what you’re attempting to express. This process will almost inevitably bring up doubts and fears, but that is an inevitable part of the journey. The workshop will guide you through the emotional ups and downs through the daily letters and support in the group forum and from myself as your instructor.

If one or more of the following apply, you belong here.

* I’ve always wanted to write a screenplay.
* I’ve tried in the past and gotten stuck or blocked.
* I love to write, but I’m scared I’ll do it wrong.
* Someone once told me my writing sucks…but I really want to write.

When we commit to this process, the results are often beyond our imagination … we just don’t know what they will be. This workshop is going to guide you through your protagonist’s journey, and you will likely be transformed as a result. The only thing I can promise is that if you show up and put in the time, you will have a polished screenplay in 90 days.

Yes, there is homework. Outlining and writing a screenplay is a big undertaking. I recommend that you devote two hours a day to the workshop. If you have a busy schedule, that may not be possible, in which case, you may want to temper your expectations, but that should not discourage you from jumping into the class. It is more important that you approach this workshop as a daily or near-daily practice, even if you can only devote a little time each day than it is to cram all of your work in on weekends.

The 90-Day Screenplay class size is not limited. In writing your screenplay, you do not read your work-in-progress to the class, however, you are encouraged to read your writing exercises so Alan can work with you one-on-one to illustrate the principles to everyone. Also, while you are encouraged to share your work, it is not required.

Workshops take place on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:30 p.m. (Pacific Time). I’m always on the Zoom call at 11:45 a.m. to welcome writers and answer questions before class. I also do a formal Q & A immediately following each workshop.

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your teacher Alan Watt

Alan is known as the Writer Whisperer.

He's the writer/director of the feature film, Interior Night, which won best feature at four U.S. film festivals and the Filmmaker Visionary Award at The Boston Film Festival.

He's an L.A. Times bestselling novelist and has won a number of awards for his writing including France’s Prix Printemps (Best Foreign Novel), the American Library Assoc.’s Alex Award, and Barnes and Noble’s Discover Great New Writers. He has been a New York Times New and Noteworthy book recipient and a BookSense pick.

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