I grew up in Los Angeles with a passion for writing, and naturally gravitated toward screenwriting. I received my BFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and have been fortunate to work in the writing and film worlds ever since. Over the years, I’ve been a script consultant for A-List actors, agents, managers and producers, written many screenplays for hire, and had many original scripts in development.

Clients I’ve personally advised on screenplays and novels include:

International Creative Management (ICM)

William Morris Agency (WMA/WME)

John Wells Productions

Castle Rock

Village Roadshow Pictures

Anthony Hopkins

Marlon Brando

Mel Gibson

Michelle Pfeiffer

Denzel Washington

Richard Gere

Nicolas Cage

Meg Ryan

Goldie Hawn

Ellen Barkin

Film projects I have worked on as a story analyst include:

White Oleander

Dangerous Minds

Married to the Mob

Up Close and Personal

Nixon

Forrest Gump

Surviving Picasso

The Edge

Meet Joe Black

Road to Wellville

Island of Dr. Moreau

John Q

In and Out

Primal Fear

Jim the Boy

Sleepers

I’ve written many original screenplays, several of which have been optioned by producers and developed with Fox, Disney, HBO and Lifetime.  Some of these screenplays were written “for hire,” others in collaboration with producers, memoirists and novelists. Click here to learn more about my screenplays.

My focus has always been on works inspired by or based on true stories, and this fascination led me to acquire a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction in 2001 from Antioch University Los Angeles. I went on to become a university professor of Dramatic Writing and the author of the how-to-book Shaping True Story into Screenplay and a memoir, The Rope Swing. Click here to learn more about my books.

My nonfiction essays and articles have been published in magazines and literary journals, including The Rumpus, Manifest-Station, and International Screenwriters Association. Click here to learn more about my essays.

Recently, I have also become a college essay coach. Like a screenplay, there is a basic formula to a personal statement, and as many ways to flesh out the formula as there are people on this earth. Click here to learn more about my essay coaching services.

I also lead screenwriting workshops for literary and arts organizations in the Denver area, including Denver Center for the Performing Arts and Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Click here to learn more about my workshops.

I live in Evergreen, Colorado where, thanks to the abundance of inspiring natural beauty and high speed wifi, I am able to continue my work as a writer and writing coach.