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Hal Ackerman: Write Screenplays That Sell

Hal Ackerman: Write Screenplays That Sell

The Drama Book Shop is pleased to welcome author Hal Ackerman to celebrate the 15th edition of his popular book, Write Screenplays That Sell – the Ackerman Way. Ackerman will discuss his methods and the art of screenwriting on Thursday, October 12th 2017 at 6pm. The discussion will be followed by a signing. Admission is free and open to the public.

You don’t have to attend film school to take a screenwriting course with the master teacher in the field – it’s all in his book! Meet Hal Ackerman, up close and personal, just as hundreds of his students have known him through the years. Hal Ackerman offers a treasure trove of information on the writing of quality, saleable screenplays by teaching the art of story structure, substance and style. Over the last quarter century, dozens of screenplays written in his classes have been sold and several have become films, including ones starring Tom Hanks (directed by Steven Spielberg), Gwyneth Paltrow, Christian Bale, Hilary Swank and Diane Lane. They have won accolades in many prestigious contests and have been the gateway scripts to writing jobs in feature films and TV including HBO, Showtime, TNT, OWN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Disney, and more. With this book every professional writer gets a lifetime collaborator and every aspiring writer has a teacher in residence on his or her shelf.

An accomplished screenwriter, playwright, novelist, author and educator, Hal Ackerman joined the faculty at the acclaimed UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television in 1985. He taught in the screenwriting program for thirty years, the last decade as Co-Area head. Ackerman has nurtured, mentored and collaborated with hundreds of aspiring screenwriting students, many of whom have gone on to successful, award-winning careers in the industry. Hal Ackerman is emeritus Co-Area Head of the UCLA Screenwriting program. His book has guided the careers of scores of successful writers. He has sold original material to all the major studio and networks. He has had numerous short stories published in literary journals. Belle & Melinda was selected by Robert Olen Butler as the World’s Best Short Short story for Southeast Review. TESTOSTERONE: How Prostate Cancer Made A Man of Me won the William Saroyan Centennial Prize for drama. Under its new title, PRICK, it won BEST SCRIPT at the 2011 United Solo Festival. Ackerman’s Roof Garden, published by Kindle, won the Warren Adler 2008 award for fiction. Alfalfa was included in the anthology I Wanna Be Sedated ... 30 Writers on Parenting Teenagers. He has also published two successful novels in a detective series about an aging counterculture P.I. Stein, Stoned, which won the Lovey award for best first novel in 2010. It was followed in 2011 by Stein, Stung

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Event date: 

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

Event address: 250 w 40th Street NY NW


Write Screenplays That Sell: The Ackerman Way (Paperback)

By Hal Ackerman


ISBN: 9781931290654

Availability: On Our Shelves Now

Published: Tallfellow Press - September 10th, 2017