the professional writer



"Our sole purpose is to build a body of work."

alan watt

The Professional Writer is a live on Zoom ongoing subscription series for writers who are serious about their work and seeking to build a prolific career.

A professional writing career involves ongoing craft workshops, goal setting, deadlines, and the support of fellow writers for networking, support, and accountability.


"The number of writers that have passed through Al Watt's workshops and gone onto professional writing careers is staggering. Luck favors the prepared. The Professional Writer is where your preparation begins."
Allison Burnett, Screenwriter of Underworld: Awakening

WORKSHOPS: The goal of the professional program is to provide an ongoing education and support system for writers who are interested in building their career. Through craft workshops you will deepen your relationship to your craft while keeping your project moving forward in a clear and conscious way.

GOAL SETTING: We meet once a month to set realistic creative and personal goals in order to stay on track.

COMMUNITY: As writers we are both artists and entrepreneurs, and while we work alone, we are part of an industry that thrives on connection, support, accountability, and the sharing of information. When you sign up for the professional writer, you are joining a collective of serious-minded writers who meet regularly on the group forum to share, encourage, and celebrate each other's wins. We attend each other's book readings and premieres, and the lab always promotes your upcoming launch to our list.

THE DAILY PROMPT: Every day you are emailed a new writing prompt to keep you connected to your work.

THE DAILY LETTERS: The letters are geared towards your medium of choice. Whether it is novel, screenplay, memoir, or you are in the rewriting stage, the daily letters will keep you connected to your process.

LIBRARY: All of the workshops are recorded, categorized and available to members only at no extra cost.

meet your teacher Alan Watt

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

Hi, I'm Al. They call me the Writer Whisperer.

I'm the bestselling author of the novels, Diamond Dogs and Days Are Gone, and the recipient of the American Library Association's Alex Award, Barnes and Noble's Discover Great New Writers and France's Prix Printemps for best foreign novel. My book, The 90-Day Novel was Amazon's #1 book on writing for five months. Along with The 90-Day Novel, the lab has published five books on writing: The 90-Day Screenplay, The 90-Day Rewrite, The 90-Day Play and My First Novel. My new book, The 90-Day Memoir will be released in 2022.

I’m also the writer/director of the independent feature film, Interior Night, which won four best feature awards at U.S. film festivals as well as The Boston Film Festival's Filmmaker Visionary Award. Oh, I also had a small part on Seinfeld back in the 90s, when I had a thick lustrous head of chestnut hair. It's the Chinese gum episode. I'm the movie theater vendor who sells Kramer the vile hotdog.

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