About Richard Walter

Richard Walter is a screenwriter, author of best selling fiction and nonfiction, celebrated storytelling educator, screenplay consultant, Professor Emeritus and former Interim and Associate Dean at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television where for more than forty years he chaired the graduate program in screenwriting.


His books include the novels Escape From Film School and Barry and the Persuasions. His non-fiction titles include The Whole Picture: Strategies for Screenwriting Success in the New Hollywood; Screenwriting–The Art, Craft and Business of Film and Television Writing; and most recently Essentials of Screenwriting. His books have been translated into eight languages.


Professor Walter has written numerous feature assignments for the major studios including the earliest drafts of American Graffiti, and has sold material to all the major broadcast networks. He has also written many informational, instructional, educational and corporate and government films. He lectures on screenwriting and storytelling throughout the world. He has conducted master classes throughout North America and such cities as London, Paris, Jerusalem, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Beijing,Shanghai, Sydney and Hong Kong, among others.


Writers who have studied at UCLA have written dozens of prestige independent productions as well as Hollywood blockbusters (including 11 projects for Steven Spielberg). His former students have won five Best Screenplay Oscar nominations and three Oscars in the past seven years alone.


Professor Walter is a pop culture commentator and media pundit who has appeared multiple times on The Today Show, The O’Reilly Factor, MSNBC’s Hardball With Chris Matthews, ABC Primetime, Scarborough Country and CBS News Nightwatch, to name a few. More than a hundred newspaper and magazine articles have described his work and the program he directs at UCLA.


The Wall Street Journal calls him “..the prime broker for Hollywood’s hottest commodity: new writing talent.” 


Professor Walter is also a court authorized expert in intellectual property litigation. For more information and to order his book visit www.richardwalter.com. Contact Professor Walter at professorrichardwalter@gmail.com if you would like to subscribe to his monthly screenwriting tips newsletter.