Courses and Workshops

“You are the hero of your writing journey…
…and I am your mentor.”

What people are saying about my courses

14th Annual Screenwriting Retreat at Sundance – September 20-23, 2018. Prepare your script for market in a productive and nurturing atmosphere. A rich and rewarding experience.

Hone your craft with an online class or workshop

Write a Showcase Spec Script Write the first draft of your showcase spec now with step-by-step guidance. Get feedback on homework and answers to your writing questions in this popular three-week online course. Starts January 8, 2018.

Revise Your Script for Market – A three-week intensive online workshop aimed at revising your script with the market in mind. Become your own script consultant. Get feedback on homework and answers to your questions. Starts February 12, 2018.

Sell Your Script – Let’s get your script sold!  Includes a free evaluation of your query letter or one-sheet. Starts March 19, 2018.

Your Creative Journey – Discover and develop your creativity in three weeks. Tackle blocks, block fears, and liberate your inner writer. Get a free book and have loads of fun as you embark on your creative journey. Starts April 16, 2018.

Proper Formatting Technique: How to Prepare a Compelling and Professional Screenplay – This 4-week online course makes script format easy and useful in improving your script's readability. Instructed by Dr. Format himself (Yours Truly), it includes weekly assignments. Offered continuously. Check Screenwriter’s University online for next start date.

Powerful Endings to Hook Your Reader – A 4-week online screenwriting course focused on the nuts and bolts of crafting a powerful and compelling third act. Includes weekly assignments. Offered continuously. Check Screenwriter's University online for next start date.

The Nitty-Gritty of Spec Scripts: Writing Strong Action and Dialogue – This one-week intensive workshop focuses on the specifics of writing compelling action (narrative description) and dialogue. I will evaluate five pages of your script. Offered continuously. Check Screenwriter's University online for next start date.

One-on-one mentoring opportunities

7 Steps to a Stunning Script – Ongoing – A write-at-your-own-pace individual course. Whether you are starting a script from scratch as a beginner or a seasoned pro, I mentor you one-on-one from idea to completed script.

Chat with Dave – Anytime one-on-one mentoring – Do you need a few minutes to talk things over?

Webinars and Tutorials

7 Common Blunders Screenwriters Make (and how to avoid them) – Discover the 7 common errors and the corresponding winning strategies. View this webinar anytime.

How to Format Your Screenplay– Dr. Format simplifies spec script format and makes it easy to apply formatting principles to your current screenplay.

21 Ways to Increase Your Copywriting Income and Skills – The most consistent money for writers is in copywriting. Explore copywriting as an additional source of income. An ongoing Writer's Digest University tutorial. Only $16.99

The Great Paradox of Creativity: Break Through the Biggest Block of All – With just a small investment of your time, you'll become more aware of how to liberate your creative voice, even while under the pressure of editorial constraints or notes from producers and publishers. An ongoing Writer's Digest University tutorial. Only $16.99

From Idea to Sale: How to Self-Publish Your Book or E-book – Experience the joy of self-publishing your novel, children's book, self-help book, or non-fiction book. An ongoing Writer's Digest University tutorial. Only $16.99


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