“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 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 most recent group Story Maps Master Class ran in Fall of 2017, for Feature and TV pilot writers. Contact me for upcoming dates or to inquire about private one-on-one coaching.
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
-Ryu Miyaki, four-time Act Four client and
winner of Amazon Studios Script of the Month
“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. His format allows you to keep
your own pace and match your own goals.
The group setting is great for the creative
process. I really feel like my writing has improved
in general and the script I’m working on
has been taken to the next level!”
-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
Max Badier, 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.
Our first Advisor for the fall 2017 course is Jeffrey Reddick, creator of the Final Destination franchise (which has grossed over $665 million at the worldwide box-office). Jeffrey has years of experience in film and television; his credits also include the cult hit Tamara and the award-winning Dead Awake. As a producer and writer, he has no less than 9 projects lined up for 2017 and 2018!
Because Jeffrey’s focus has been on thrillers, I’ve been inspired to make the feature film track a THRILLER CLASS. We want to help you write the next great suspense story.
Our second Industry Advisor is Joe Nimziki. Joe brings an impressively wide array of experience to the mix. He is a former senior film studio executive involved in several hit films, including Groundhog Day, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, A Few Good Men, Rush Hour, The Birdcage and entries in the James Bond franchise. He is also a writer/director who has directed features and television (The Howling: Reborn and Showtime’s The Outer Limits). In recent years, Joe has turned his focus to television as a writer and creator of original series. His pilot Kreskin created a big buzz in Hollywood and landed at Sony Pictures Television with Joe set to Executive Produce alongside Peter Tolan (Analyze This, Larry Sanders, Rescue Me) and with Barry Sonnenfeld (Men In Black, The Addams Family, Pushing Daisies) attached to direct. He is repped by CAA.
With Joe and Jeffrey 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.
“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
I’m getting a lot out of the Master Class.
I’ve developed a real appreciation for the
structure and strategy of screenwriting.
Hopefully my “voice” will emerge with more
sweat equity. It’s been a good investment.”
-Steve Frisina, Group 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 is even gaining traction in the industry, being 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))
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 and your peers.
- Notes on your work from our current Industry Advisors (managers, producers, pro screenwriters).
- Q&A conference call with one or both of the Advisors.
- Direct email correspondence with me.
- At least one Skype 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):
*Group classes are scheduled only a few times per year. Email me to inquire about the next open dates. Newbies and veterans alike are welcome as I try my best to group by experience level.
TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT IN THE MASTER CLASS, or if you have any questions, please CONTACT ME asap. First come, first served.
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)