Friday, August 5, 2016

LEARN HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL IN 10 WEEKS!!!





I'm very happy to say that I'm teaching my infamous novel writing class again at UCLA Extension this Fall.  Only 15 spots available so so sign up fast!!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

ATC's SUMMER READING SERIES

Everyone always asks why Australian actors are so good.  Come to the theatre and find out!  I'm very proud to have co-curated the Australian Theatre Company's Rehearsed Summer Reading Series.  Every WEDNESDAY in June you can see an incredible Australian play read by amazing Australian actors for FREE.  I'm directing the amazing PERMISSION TO SPIN on the 22nd of June.  Book your free ticket to any or all of the shows now.  It's going to be an amazing month of theatre not to be missed.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

WRITE YOUR NOTES BY HAND


In my Write A Novel in 10 Weeks course, I always have my students write, not type, their notes.  I've always believed hand writing connects you more deeply than tapping away on the old laptop.  Now someone has figured out why.  Check out this fantastic article from NPR and hopefully from here on in you will have more confidence in your hand scribbled wonderful notes.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

NEED HELP WITH YOUR BOOK?

So you've written a book and you want to get it out there in the world.  But you're not sure if it's ready.  I offer consulting sessions to assess your structure, story, tone, writing skill and voice.  Email for pricing and availability.  

Thursday, March 31, 2016

WRITE AS IF NO ONE IS READING....

Several of my students are getting 'frozen' with their books.  Some call it writer's block, some say they don't know how to move forward or edit the next draft.  I say it's your EGO killing your book.  In a world obsessed with fame, everyone is very concerned with how well their books will do.  So when you are writing a book, you can't help but want it to be brilliant.  You can't help but want it to be a best seller and win the Pulitzer.  But those kind of thoughts are ruining you as a writer.  Writers write to tell a story.  A story that lives within you and can only be told by you.  You should never be writing a book to become rich or get interviewed by Oprah - you should be writing a book because you want to share your tale.  So on your next draft, just write the book the way it needs to be written and let go of its brilliance.  You may have several more drafts before it gets anywhere close to being brilliant and that's pretty normal.  Write as if only you are ever going to see it.  It will change the way you write.  It will stop you trying to be 'fancy' and 'literary' and just write the pure story - which is always more powerful.
 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Kelly's Hollywood

I'm very proud to be part Brian Donovan's documentary, Kelly's Hollywood.  It's about  a brother trying to make his diva sister's dream of becoming a Hollywood star come true.  All the while trying to keep his own life together.
I'm in it, along with some pretty awesome peeps - the Bee Gees, David Hasselhoff, Tony Horton, Jason Priestly and Colin Firth.  You can stream it on Vimeo for less than the cost of a coffee at Starbucks.  Enjoy - it's pretty amazing.

This is where you go to watch the full film:

Monday, June 29, 2015

EMBRACE YOUR ART - YOUR WAY - JUST LIKE CHARGAUX!

So I just came across the very cool duo, CHARGAUX.  Yes, they are the COOLEST.  I rarely buy music and I immediately got the whole album.  These girls are the bomb and they do things their way.  When writing, it's just as important to respect your own unique voice.  Let these girls inspire you and WRITE THE WAY YOU WANT TO!