About me… 

I may have mentioned this before, but I’m a screenwriter, script consultant and story analyst based in Los Angeles.

I’ve been helping writers develop their work and improve their craft for over 20 years.

My professional background is in theatre, for which I apologize. After graduating from the least prestigious drama school in London, I worked at a number of theaters* across the city, writing plays, directing plays, reading script submissions, developing new work with writers, judging writing for a couple of international festivals, and getting into arguments with actors.

My passion, though, has always been film – which led to my mostly useless master’s degree in Film Theory from the University of Westminster.

After moving to Los Angeles. I went through the Screenwriters Program at UCLA, ultimately being named one of their writers of the year. My screenwriting has won, or placed, in several awards including Final Draft, Bluecat, Pages and StoryPro – but I’ve continued to work with producers and other writers. I’ve consulted on projects at Netflix, Amazon and Paramount Pictures, and I currently read for several independent producers in London and Los Angeles, as well as reading for screenwriting competitions.

I’m a fan of dogs, chocolate, Star Wars, and card tricks, I’m an advocate of the Oxford comma, and I’m a firm believer that writing is a skill that can be learned.

My goal is to help other writers excel and make their stories succeed in competitive industry.

Throughout my career, I’ve always been fascinated by the relationship between storytelling and the evolution of the human mind, and I’ve formed ideas about why we tell stories, what makes some stories more compelling for an audience, why we need to know how stories end, why some kinds of story are more common than others, why some are more powerful, why some work and some don’t.

And I’ve always tried to keep in mind how understanding those things – in simple, practical terms – could be monumentally useful for writers.

Hopefully I’ll be able to make them useful for you.

 

 

 

* I spell like an American now.

 

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