Back by popular demand, I am teaching my writing class again this fall. I'm offering this one and perhaps a workshop, then I most likely won't be teaching for a stretch. So jump on the Gravy Train!
The course will be taught on Zoom for 5 weeks, focusing on strengthening the engine of your storyline and creating compelling characters that are both grounded and original.
If you are a veteran writer needing to be held accountable, a new writer wanting to learn the nuts and bolts, or an actor looking to create a starring vehicle, the tools and prompts from class will help while working on your current project, or to give you a jumpstart on the next one. If you are like - "I'm good. Why is she sending me this?" sometimes a guy knows a guy...so pass it on to someone you know who might be interested.
My goal is to help you write a script that A) you are passionate about (I don't believe in trying to guess the trends) and B) is the best version of your story - not what your agent thinks you should write, or what the Artistic Directors and studios are mandating this month, but what moves YOU. For that will be your best work.
By the end of class you will be moving towards a first draft.
Writing Your Story
Take your script or solo show to the next level with award-winning playwright and David Sedaris Humor Writing Prize winner, Ali MacLean. Each week will consist of writing exercises, script analysis, providing peers with constructive criticism, and receiving feedback on weekly pages to help with revisions. Come with an idea and shape the bones of a first draft, or bring a story you have started and help get it across the finish line.
Every Monday, September 19th-October 17th on ZOOM
7-10 pm PST, online
$350 - pay in full upfront, or $50 deposit and pay balance on 1st day of class. Discount for those who qualify under the ADA.
email Aliontheairblog@gmail.com to sign up!
Ali MacLean, an award-winning playwright, actor, and TV writer in LA, is a graduate of the Miami University actor’s program and the LaJolla Playhouse acting conservatory. Her play She’s Not There received the John Gassner Playwriting Award, among others and her play Wolves At The Door won the Julie Harris Playwright Award. Ali is currently developing a musical called This Will Be Our Year with Drama Desk Award winning producer Sean Daniels and The Hold Steady front man Craig Finn, and her time working in the music biz. Ali has worked with ANDTheatre, the Playwrights Realm, 24 Hour Plays, The Tank NYC, Arcola Theatre (UK), DG Footlights, White Bear Theatre (UK), The Road Theatre, and Summer Salt, among others. She is the winner of the 2020 David Sedaris Humor Writing Prize, and her work is published by Nation Books, Applause Books, and Smith & Kraus. Ali’s award-winning films have screened at Atlanta, Toronto, Gen Art, and Palm Springs, to name a few. Her scripts have won or placed at WeScreenplay Diverse Voices, Orchard Project, Chesterfield Writer’s Project, Los Angeles International Film Festival, Sidewalk Film Festival, Scriptapalooza, Screencraft, Script Lab, and Table Read My Screenplay. She is a Women In Film Mentor recipient, Writers For Writers Fellowship recipient, and a participant in the Stowe Story Labs and the Respectability Entertainment Lab. Ali has written for networks, such as MTV, VH-1, FOX, and the Pop TV Network. She is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre, Antaeus Theatre’s Playwrights Lab, the Imagine Impact Creator Network, The Cloud Factory Playwrights, Citadel Playwrights Lab, Greenlight Women, the Dramatists Guild, The Honor Roll, and the Sundance Collective.
Ali is a script consultant and has taught writing to people from ages 8-80. She has read and judged for several of the big screenplay contests who would sue her if she mentioned them by name.
Here are some comments from former students:
"I LOVE ALI AND HIGHLY RECOMMEND WORKING WITH HER. SHE IS INSIGHTFUL, SERIOUSLY FUNNY AND OFFERS REAL CLARITY AND GUIDANCE. SHE GAVE ME A FRESH SET OF EYES FOR MY SCRIPT AND REALLY PULLED ME OUT OF THE WEEDS ON THE DIRECTION I NEEDED TO GO IN. SHE'LL PULL YOU OUT OF WHEREVER YOU ARE STUCK AND YOU'LL HAVE REAL FUN DOING IT."
"CLASS STRUCK A PERFECT BALANCE BETWEEN LESSONS, WRITING PROMPTS, AND FEEDBACK. SOME OF THE PROMPTS SPURRED IDEAS FOR NEW PLAYS...PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHEN ALI TEACHES AGAIN!"
"ALI'S CLASS HAS TAUGHT ME SO MANY INVALUABLE WRITING SKILLS AND EXERCISES THAT HELPED ME SO MUCH WITH MY SPECIFIC ISSUES AS A WRITER AND AS A PERSON. ALI'S INCREDIBLE SHORT EXERCISES HAVE NOT ONLY RE-INSPIRED ME...BUT MADE ME REALIZE HOW LITTLE TIME IT TAKES TO WRITE SOMETHING GREAT. "
"ALI MADE WRITING EXCITING. IT WAS AN AMAZING JOURNEY OF SELF-DISCOVERY. I ENJOYED SHOWING UP TO CLASS EVERY WEEK BECAUSE ALI MADE THE CLASS SUCH A POSITIVE, SAFE, PLACE TO CONNECT AND CREATE. I CANNOT WAIT TO TAKE HER CLASS AGAIN!.
"THE CLASS IS UNIQUE IN COMPARISON TO OTHER CLASSES THAT OFFER THE SAME KIND OF THING. ALI HAS SUCH A CAPTIVATING WAY OF EXPLAINING WHAT TRULY MAKES GOOD WRITING, WHILE ALLOWING FOR SO MUCH FREEDOM. SHE'S ALSO A REALLY FUN PERSON TO HANG OUT WITH FOR THREE HOURS..."