Richard Walter is the best screenwriting teacher in the business.

– David Koepp, screenwriter & director
with over 2 billion dollars in U.S. box office receipts from Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, War of the Worlds, Mission: Impossible, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and more.


Here is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train with the world’s most accomplished screenwriting educator. The class tuition of $1,650 guarantees you a seat in our next class - starting Fall 2018. Questions? Contact class organizer Kathy Berardi at or 678.644.4122.

Are you....

distracted by life’s interference with your writing?
stuck in a creative space and unable to invent engaging stories?
struggling with self doubt?
suffering from analysis paralysis?

You hold in your hand right now the key to screenwriting success.

Richard Walter

I am myself a playwright, screenwriter, an author of best selling fiction and nonfiction, a celebrated storytelling educator, tenured full professor, associate dean, entertainment industry expert and longtime head of the graduate screenwriting program at UCLA.

I am for the first time offering a handful of writers who are not registered UCLA students to participate in an online 6-week program that will take them step by step from idea, to draft, to studio deal.

This is an intensive limited-enrollment 6-week program. Each class occupies 90 minutes in real time, that is, alive online with your instructor.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

Class 1

The two most fundamental principles 1. Writing the personal story
2. Delivering story and character freight through the process I call ‘integration.’
This is a foolproof, shock-proof, waterproof, bulletproof formula for professional screenwriting success.

Class 2

Story structure and the biology of narrative. Screenwriting success is not about ideas but stories.

Class 3

Character Story defines character, not the other way around. Engaging characters are not created so much as discovered.

Class 4

Talk is cheap; dialogue is precious. Worthy writers treat dialogue as only another form of action.

Class 5

The reader’s back-flip A catalogue of techniques for transforming your script into A page-turner. Also a catalogue of common errors that wreck screenplays.

Class 6

The Biz: How to win representation In this myth-busting session you’ll see that it’s actually easy to win the attention of agents. What’s hard is having a screenplay that is worthy of their consideration. You’ll understand why brand new writers actually have an advantage over those with substantial professional experience. When scripts fail to sell it is not the end but only the beginning. We’ll explore the bounty of benefits that accrue from the screenplay that has not yet sold.

Richard Walter is a prominent film expert.

– The New York Times

The prime broker for Hollywood’s hottest commodity: new writing talent.

- The Wall Street Journal

Richard Walter is the Jewish Mother of Screenwriting.

- Variety

Writers who do not enroll in time will be placed on the waiting list for the next program, whenever it may be offered.

If you’re serious about your writing you’ll invest $1,650 for this up-close and personal career-building experience.

Richard Walter

Richard Walter’s 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, educational and corporate films. He lectures on screenwriting and storytelling throughout the world. He has conducted master classes throughout North America and in London, Paris, Jerusalem, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Beijing, Sydney, and Hong Kong, among other cities.

Graduates of Professor Walter’s program have written scores of prestige indie productions as well as Hollywood blockbusters (including 11 projects for Steven Spielberg). Former students have won five Best Screenplay Oscar nominations and three Oscars in the past seven years alone.

Professor Walter is a pop culture critic and media pundit who has appeared multiple times on The Today Show, The O’Reilly Factor, Hardball, ABC Primetime, Scarborough Country and CBS News Nightwatch, among many other shows. More than a hundred newspaper and magazine articles have described his work and the program he directs at UCLA.