“If you are looking for someone who combines expert analysis with incredible credentials and experience, put Daniel Calvisi in your script analyst black book.”
The Story Maps Master Class is for screenwriters who are willing to dedicate themselves to writing a winning screenplay for the current market in Hollywood. This is an 8-week online writing workshop, taught primarily by private email threads, no live logins required. It is not just a series of video lectures or auto-emailed documents. Every lesson, set of notes or reply comes directly from me to you. I teach it to groups and one-on-one with private clients. You can be anywhere in the world. Please read below for more information, and email me to inquire and sign up.
The Story Maps Master Class is a proven screenwriting program that guides you from logline to submission-ready script, offering you reliable, detailed notes from:
- A teacher with 20 years of experience and extensive film industry credentials
- At least two current, working professionals in the movie and television industry in Los Angeles (managers, execs, producers, pro screenwriters)
- Your fellow writers
That’s a lot of feedback!
In many online screenwriting courses, you’re lucky to get your instructor’s notes on ONE assignment. I give you notes every week on every assignment.
“I love how Dan emphasizes the fundamentals of story telling. A great script starts with a solid structure and that’s what one learns in Dan’s classes.”
-Ryu Miyaki, four-time Calvisi client and winner of Amazon Studios Script of the Month $20,000 Prize
“Dan helped me complete my first pilot script. I had a bunch of ideas and he got me to focus on one solid idea and go from there. Without him, I’d probably still be staring at a blank page. Dan doesn’t skim over your work. He looks at every detail. It’s great to have someone to bounce ideas off of and Dan is happy to do it. I definitely recommend Dan to guide you from idea to completed script. I will definitely work with him again for my next script.”
-Joe Cassandra, professional copywriter, Private Master Class Student
“I owe you a lot. Thank you again for having put me on the right track and taught me everything about screenwriting.”
-Suzanne Lutas, contest-winning screenwriter, Group and Private Master Class Student
“Dan’s class is fantastic. From concept to execution, his feedback each week has been a huge help. His industry connections add another dimension with insight from current professionals.”
-Mandy Cohen, Group and Private Master Class Student
“Dan, thank you for your support and professionalism. First of all, I learned so much from your critiques and I appreciate the way you pushed me to do better all the time. I also now understand more about the business after the critique from the industry advisors. It inspires me to improve myself!”
Max Badier, Private Master Class Student
“The 8-week Master Class course catapulted me into a solid structure system which made the story unfold organically and as a result, by the end of our time together I had created a first draft set of beats and about 40 pages of script. Dan’s weekly class notes were super in detail and he was constantly value adding to the story. Another huge asset Dan brings to the course are the mentors/industry professionals. I couldn’t have done it without you, Dan! Thank you!”
-Amelie Bonnet, Group and Private Master Class Student
In the Master Class, you may write alone, but you’re never on your own. Whether you’re in a group class or working privately with me, I foster a supportive, positive environment that’s focused on the craft, the work and the real world, not on theory.
I bring in working professionals in the film and TV business to give Master Class writers feedback on their work and targeted advice on navigating the industry. Past pros have included managers, producers, agency assistants, story analysts, pro screenwriters and more.
To give you an example, here are three recent Advisors to my Master Class students…a Manager…Producer…and Writer/Director.
Jason Lubin is a manager-producer and the principal at First Story Entertainment, which he founded in 2018. The lit management company represents a diverse roster of talented writers and directors with fresh voices in all genres for Film and TV. Jason is also developing both feature film and television projects under the company’s banner. Prior to starting First Story, Jason was a seasoned development executive. He worked as the Head of Production & Development at Lynda Obst Productions, a Sony-based production company whose credits include Interstellar, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Contact and the television shows Good Girls Revolt and The Hot Zone.
Richard ‘Rick’ Bosner is a prolific producer whose credits include Fruitvale Station (winner Audience Award & Jury Award at Sundance 2013), Other People (Opening night film Sundance 2016), Take the Ten (NETFLIX), MDMA and Mapplethorpe (Tribeca 2018). His films have featured talent like Michael B. Jordan, Molly Shannon, Jesse Plemons, Andy Samberg, Matt Smith, Patricia Arquette and Christopher Lloyd. Rick splits his time between San Francisco and Los Angeles. (IMDb)
Christine Conradt is a Los Angeles-based screenwriter, producer and director with over 75 produced credits. Her most recent films aired on Hallmark, Lifetime and UPtv, and she is always working on multiple writing assignments. She has also adapted into book form her “At 17” series of thrillers. She is a graduate of USC’s film school. Watch a video of how Christine quit her day job and took out a loan to fund her screenwriting career. (IMDb)
With such industry veterans on board to advise on your concepts and career, and my 20 years of experience as a professional story analyst, teacher and writing coach, the Story Maps Master Class becomes a must for any developing screenwriter.
“I was recently hired to develop and write for an online platform in the form of hour-long dramas. While extremely excited at the prospect of working on some great content where I had a lot of creative control – especially after working on half-hour children’s shows for a couple of years – I realized that I may have bitten off more than I could chew alone, and was soon overwhelmed. However, after reading ‘Story Maps: TV Drama’ and reading through the case studies, I was able to break down my multiple story arcs and plot points much more easily. This helped me to bolster my scripts with not only a structure that would be relatable for audiences, but also with more fleshed out, unique character development! The book laid out everything in such a concise way that I feel like I have a much better understanding of TV story structure, and it’s going to be something I refer back to for a long time.”
-Blake Knight, TV writer, Story Maps: TV Drama reader
“Daniel’s book lays the foundation and his worksheets ask specific questions. The questions aren’t meant to jam your story into a box, but to get your creativity flowing to really develop these characters and moments further. Mr. Calvisi knows story incredibly well and distills it down so the rest of us can learn it too.”
-Cris Rice, optioned TV writer, Story Maps: TV Drama reader
“Your course is awesome! This is the first “structure” that I feel comfortable with. You’re also very good with feedback and you have a sense of humor that keeps me from taking my writing too serious. I like that. I need that. I think all writers do. You state your observations clearly and professionally without being overly critical. That encourages progress.”
-Regina Scott, Private Master Class student
Perhaps most exciting of all, for those who complete their screenplay and get it to a high level of quality, an advisor will often read it and consider it for representation or development. Please keep in mind that not every writer in the program completes their screenplay and there is no guarantee of an advisor’s evaluation of your completed screenplay. But, at the least, this course gives you exposure that you would rarely get as an unsolicited writer.
My goal is to get my writers repped, submitted and sold! The first and most crucial steps, of course, are centered on craft — you writing a great script to blow away the reader. This is a long and difficult process, but an incredibly rewarding one. Once you have that killer spec script, whether feature or television, I can help you to craft a targeted marketing plan to get your script in the doors of studios, networks, production companies, agencies, management firms and streaming platforms.
I can’t promise success, but I can promise that I will always work as hard as I can to guide your writing and to expose you and your work to the industry. If you’re willing to work hard enough, to develop that BIG IDEA into a GREAT SCRIPT that Hollywood didn’t know it needed, then we will work together to build a pipeline that gets you and your material into the right hands.
My Story Maps method is just the way to get you there, and it begins with the eight weeks of the Master Class. In fact, my method has been endorsed and used by many top professionals:
“Using examples from some of the most respected shows on television, writers will learn to master the form from outline to Fade Out.”
-Hilary Weisman Graham, Writer
(Orange is the New Black (NETFLIX), Bones (Fox))
“I was looking to both reinforce and challenge what I knew and also what I couldn’t yet quite articulate. I found your book on Amazon, loved what I had previewed, and decided to drop the dime. Glad I did. It’s an excellent resource.”
-Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Writer (Masters of Sex (Showtime),
MTV, Nickelodeon, WWE, Off-Broadway playwright)
“I always get asked – how do you write a pilot? Dan Calvisi has the answers!”
-Sam Ruano, Writer (Killjoys (HULU), Lost Girl (Sony TV), Little Mosque on the Prairie (CBC))
“I’ve been a fan of your process for a long time now. I follow your Story maps guide quite a bit and I plan to use it on our upcoming show in development at Starz, Executive Produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.”
-Kirkland Morris, Producer (Tomorrow, Today (STARZ))
“We had to rewrite a number of scripts at the last minute, so we turned to your Story Map beat sheet and it was a huge help. We’re now story mapping every episode of our new shows.”
-Billy Rovzar, producer (Lemon Studios and Lemon Films, HBO, 30 produced IMDb credits), Private Coaching Client
“It’s time to tell my own stories and I can safely say I’m a better writer, thanks to you.”
– Victor Perez, Visual Effects Supervisor (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Dark Knight Rises), Private Master Class Student
This is not just another screenwriting class. I’ll say it again. The goal of this program is to get motivated and talented writers REPPED, SUBMITTED and SOLD.
It all begins with a great idea. In the Master Class, you begin by workshopping three loglines, two of which you will rewrite, submit to our industry advisors and then story map. Armed with notes from me, the advisors and your peers, you will then choose one concept to turn into a screenplay. I guarantee that you will be surprised by some of the feedback you get on your concepts, as no writer can be fully objective about their own work nor can they predict industry response.
THE STORY MAPS MASTER CLASS INCLUDES:
- My e-books, plus bonus story maps.
- 8 weeks of lectures, assignments and notes from me, a professional Story Analyst with over 20 years of experience evaluating material and coaching writers to create their best work.
- Notes on your work from our current Industry Advisors (managers, producers, pro screenwriters).
- Notes from your peers, including your personal “Notes Buddy.”
- Q&A Zoom conference call (recorded) with the Advisors.
- Access to the archive of past Q&A’s with other Advisors.
- Direct email correspondence with me.
- A private, recorded Zoom conference with me.
- Discounts on future classes and coaching.
Let me throw in one final bonus that you’re not going to find anywhere else: GUARANTEED SUBMISSION! If you can finish a submission-quality script within six months of completing the initial 8 weeks of the course, I will guarantee you a submission to one of my industry contacts, free of charge. No extra fee.
GROUP CLASS (3-6 writers):
*Note: A writing sample of at least 10 pages in proper screenplay format is required to enter the class. First, you must book a $50 deposit (refundable in full up to one week before class) to reserve your spot in this online course.
The next group Story Maps Master Class is not scheduled as of yet. Please inquire about the next dates via my Contact page.
If you have any questions, please CONTACT ME asap.
First come, first served.
LET’S MAKE YOUR SCRIPT GREAT!!
P.S. If you have not done so already, I suggest you sign up for my free Story Maps Newsletter for Serious Screenwriters, which will keep you up to date on any Master Class news. I will never share your email with any other party.
“I’ve worked in film and television for years and I can say for certain that there is nothing else like Dan’s book anywhere out there. His system is truly unique and breaks TV pilot structure down step by step for the first time, using very specific examples from some of the great pilots of recent years.”
-Fritz Manger, Producer (A Deadly Adoption with Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig)