A Live-on-Zoom workshop with Alan Watt that will take you from initial idea to the completion of your screenplay in 90 days.
WHEN: Wednesdays, 12 - 1:30 pm (PST) beginning September 15th
WHERE: Live on Zoom with Alan Watt
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 yet, when we open most screenwriting books, we experience the vague 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 often misinterpret structure as “plotting.”
It isn’t. Story structure is an immutable paradigm for a spiritual transformation.
The 90-Day Screenplay helps you unlock the story within by guiding you through 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. The structure of all films, from the most traditionally structured, to the apparent exceptions like Memento, Pulp 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 your script when you distill them to their nature.
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 guide through the process of creating a compelling narrative.
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 seemingly uncanny uniformity of experience shared by the many writers who have taken the 90-day journey before you.
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 and I review it, make notes, and go over it with you 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, and a limited number of spots for this service.
"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
"I've read all the structure books, Robert McKee, Syd Field, etc. Al is the first teacher that I really felt inspired by. I love how he presents structure. He comes at it from an artist's point of view. "Marrying the wildness of your imagination to the rigors of story structure" and always choosing the wildness of your imagination if you have to. Al's passion for story is present in every workshop. He has a real talent for distilling your script to its essence and helping you tell your story in the most compelling way."
Tom O'Brien, Writer/Director of Fairhaven, Sundance Official Selection
Fourteen 90-min workshops (Wednesdays 12pm PST)
Live Q & A following each session
Playback access of all workshops
90 daily letters
Daily writing prompts
Group forum to stay connected
When - Wednesdays, 12-1:30 PST
Where - Live-on-Zoom
Length - 14 consecutive Wednesday sessions
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 up to two full scholarships each semester for military veterans and for stories of cultural diversity. To apply, please submit a brief bio and a synopsis of up to 300 words describing your story to firstname.lastname@example.org. Selected recipients will be notified 10 days prior to the start of the workshop.
All workshops are recorded and available for up to three weeks, so you can watch them at any time and 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 this one, 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.
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.
"Al's passion and input during the rewriting stage was instrumental. He asked all the right questions, pushed all the right buttons and led me toward a greater clarity of my project in a fully engaged, insightful and supportive way."
Jordan Rane, Scriptapalooza Grand Prize Winner for GOAT
“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
“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
The story lives within you.
I help you find it.