“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
$20,000 Prize

Story Maps Master Class: Write, Rewrite, Submit!

The Story Maps Master Class is for serious screenwriters who are willing to dedicate themselves to writing a winning screenplay for the current spec script market in Hollywood.

“If you are looking for someone who combines
expert analysis with incredible credentials and experience,
put Daniel Calvisi in your script analyst black book.”

-Script Magazine.

The Story Maps Master Class is a proven screenwriting program that guides you from logline to submission-ready spec 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 industry in Los Angeles (Past pro advisors have included a Literary Coordinator from one of the top five agencies, a Creative Executive from a major studio-based production company, two Literary Managers, a development executive and a six-figure screenwriter.)
  • Your fellow writers

That’s a lot of notes!

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, sometimes with same day turnaround.

“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, 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.


At this time, I’m taking applications for new group and private classes, but please check with me on scheduling. My writers from recent classes are doing great — several students have completed first drafts and are in the process of crafting a second or third draft using the feedback they’ve received from me, our industry advisors and their fellow writers. Others are close to submission and are working with me on their pitch materials and marketing strategy, and I am tapping my network to find good referrals for them. With one student, I facilitated the submission of her script to the most successful lit manager in the industry!

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.

“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, Master Class student

This is not just another screenwriting class. The goal of this program is to get motivated and talented writers REPPED, SUBMITTED and SOLD.

You must submit a writing sample to get in, but don’t worry about your level of experience because if you are accepted into a group class, you will be grouped with others at your level. Newbies are welcome, too; in fact, my Story Map system is the best crash course in writing a winning screenplay you will find.

Keep in mind that there is NO GUARANTEE that you will gain representation or sell your script. But 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 help you to build a pipeline that gets you and your material into the right hands.


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. 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. Eventually, this feedback will help you to choose the WINNING screenplay to write for the current spec market in Hollywood.

Current Pricing:

GROUP CLASS* (3-6 writers):

  • $600 for Stage One, Weeks 1-8
  • $250 for Stage Two, Weeks 9-12
  • $250 for Stage Three, Weeks 13-16
  • BONUS: Extra month for free, if you book Stage Two and Three in Week 8.

*I only run a group class when I get the right group together. Email me to inquire about the next open dates.


  • $800 for Stage One, Weeks 1-8
  • $350 for Stage Two, Weeks 9-12
  • $350 for Stage Three, Weeks 13-16
  • BONUS: Extra month for free, if you book Stage Two and Three in Week 8.

TO APPLY FOR THE MASTER CLASS, please email your best screenwriting sample (feature or short, minimum 20 pages) and a one paragraph bio to me at dan [at] actfourscreenplays [dot] com. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me here or at the email address above.


Daniel Calvisi
(About Me)

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.

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-Laurie Lamson, Editor, Now Write! Screenwriting