the

Waltz

of

Structure

A two-part lecture on the basics of screenwriting

for all ages

NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

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The Waltz of Structure is a two-day

master-class designed to teach students the screenwriting trends and techniques used in Hollywood today.

Students will learn fail-safe ways to fight writer's block, how to form healthy writing habits...AND THEN...they will have the chance to work together in a "writer's room" to outline a full-length feature film.

THE FIRST DAY:

The lecture - 4 hours

Students are taught:

  • The 3-Act Structure

  • How to write dynamic characters

  • The 8-Sequence Method

  • The 5 Stages of Grief Method

  • Practical tricks for fighting writer's block

  • And more!!

THE SECOND DAY:

The application - 4 hours

Students work together to outline a full-length feature film in a "writer's room"

  • They learn "room dynamic"

  • Experience the fastest form of collaboration on the planet

  • They are sent home with a packet of documents to help them write their own feature

About the Teacher:

Michael Alan Herman is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter from St. Joseph, Michigan. Since his MFA in writing from the University of Southern California, his plays have been performed across the country in collaboration with The Fountain Theatre, The Hollywood Fringe Festival, The Dandelion Theatre, Theatre NOVA, and Eastern Michigan University. 

Michael is also one of the writers behind James Franco’s latest film The Mad Whale in collaboration with Elysium Bandini Studios. He has two literary publications (Contract Terror and Speechless), one comic book (Unlawful Good: An Anthology of Crime), and a flurry of podcasts through Spotify. Through these publications, he has come to believe there is no art more precious than collaboration.

To the right are a few places Michael has had his work produced.

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UPCOMING CLASSES

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TESTIMONIALS

"Working in a "writer's room" was the highlight of the class.  It was great to see collaboration happening in real time"

Mary Carter - THE WRITER'S LOFT - Chicago, IL

"Collaborating with Michael is incredibly rewarding.  He is quick to solve problems and always brings new and engaging perspectives to his work.  This class is a perfect combination of Michael's passion for teaching and his expertise in writing."

Josie Lapczynski - ROUSTABOUT THEATRE TROUPE - Ann Arbor, MI

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To sign up, please include your name, email, and where you want to take the class below. For any questions, feel free to email Michael directly at: mherman.writer@gmail.com

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