Screenwriting: Art or Business?

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Popular UCLA screenwriting instructor Hal Ackerman answers that question and others at The Learning Annex this August.

LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) July 28, 2005 – On August 2 at 6:30 p.m., popular UCLA Screenwriting instructor Hal Ackerman will join forces with The Learning Annex to teach a new writing class entitled "The Art and Business of Screenwriting."

Quotes Ackerman in the course description, "You write a script. On one hand, it's a work of art written with pain and joy. On the other hand, it's a business plan. Often these two hands can strangle both you and your screenplay!"

Students will learn the art of "becoming a living writer" by "turning your passion into a sellable product." The class will teach writers to master winning structural elements and compelling, realistic dialogue via the 3 S's: Scene Cards, the Scene-o-Gram, and Snow-Plowing, all of which are defined in his book, "Write Screenplays that Sell: The Ackerman Way."

Hal Ackerman has taught in the UCLA graduate screenwriting program since 1985. He has mentored Sacha Gervasi (The Terminal), Scott Kosar (The Amityville Horror, The Machinist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Allison Anders (Mi Vida Loca, Gas Food Lodging), Nicolas Griffin (Matchstick Men) and many others. Many screenplays written in his class have become feature films and have won major screenwriting awards.

His book, "Write Screenplays That Sell: The Ackerman Way" (Tallfellow Press, ISBN # 1-931290-52-0), combines the basic rules of storytelling and structure with "adrenaline exercises" designed to act as a “writers’ gym.” It has been adopted as a new classic text book by university film studies departments around the country and has been called “exceptional” by Scr(i)pt Magazine.

For additional information about the book or its author, contact Claudia Sloan at Tallfellow Press, (310) 203-3837. For info on attending the class, contact The Learning Annex at (310) 478-6677 or

Tallfellow Press is an eclectic publisher located in Los Angeles. Its predecessor, Price Stern Sloan, is best known for publishing the popular word game “Mad Libs,” the ever-true “Murphy’s Law” and the melodious “Wee Sing” Series.


Claudia Sloan

Tallfellow Press

(310) 203-3837

(310) 203-3893 fax


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