Script Consulting

Need Feedback?

Writing is often a solitary business, but that doesn't mean you have to go it alone. Have a script, book or article that's not working or that could work better?  I can help.  I can also work with you to get your outline or treatment to the point where you can begin writing your manuscript.  While it may cost slightly more than a penny for my thoughts, for a reasonable rate I'll provide feedback to help you get your writing on track.

My Services

Plays and Screenplays
With plays and screenplays, you'll get my handwritten notes in the body of your script (my reactions as I'm reading), as well as a 50-minute (on a full-length work) phone conference (on my dime) about the major issues for you to consider as you work on your material. While I used to do typed summary notes, the phone conference is far more useful, as it's the perfect way to talk through your script, ask me questions and brainstorm solutions. Want industry-style coverage? I can do it, but since your objective here is to hone your script, I find that particular style of feedback less productive. I'm also happy to work with international authors via Skype.

Books and Articles
For books and magazine or other articles (as well as essays), I can do everything from proofing and minor edits to comprehensive editorial work--or something in between. Let me know your situation, and together we can decide what will be best for you.

Outlines, Treatments and Query/Cover Letters
Need help in the pre-writing stage? I can assist you in tightening your outline or treatment and in talking through story elements until you feel comfortable that they're "right." I can also coach you in writing query or cover letters to theatre companies, agents or producers that strike the right balance of professionalism, enthusiasm and confidence in your work.

For playwrights in particular, I'm happy to provide specific suggestions and strategies for submitting your work.

Internet Marketing for Playwrights
In the 21st century, the internet has become a powerful tool playwrights can use to market themselves worldwide. Even if you're a published playwright, it's not enough to rest on your laurels.  But what do you do if you're not fully comfortable in this world of new technology? Let me help you go high tech.  I can guide you through the creation of your own website, help you find sites that will list your plays, and get your name out there in cyberspace for prospective producers to find.

College Essays
We all know that getting into college is more competitive than ever, and that your college essay is a crucial part of your admissions folder. Why not get the feedback of a professional writer who spent more than a decade interviewing students for Harvard University?

Why I Can Help

Click on the About Me button on the left for details, but here are a few highlights:

  • Resident Playwriting Expert for Final Draft. Created "Ask the Expert" for playwrights in industry-leading script formatting software Final Draft, joining the screenwriting section written by the legendary Syd Field and a TV section from veteran writer/producer Larry Brody.
  • Creator of, for many years the top-ranked playwriting website on Google.

  • Resident Playwriting Expert for The Writers Store and instructor at Writers University.

  • Co-Chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and the former Managing Director of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center.

  • Served as Visiting Associate Professor in the M.F.A. playwriting and children's literature programs at Hollins University and as US Cultural Envoy to Barbados.

  • BA in Dramatic Writing and Literature from Harvard University and an MFA in Playwriting from UCLA.

  • Study with Robert Brustein, Leon Katz (former co-chair of the Yale School of Drama's Dramaturgy Department and considered by many to be the father of American dramaturgy), William Alfred, Adrienne Kennedy, John Glore, Velina Hasu Houston, Greg Gunter, Edit Villarreal and many others.

  • Script reader for the McCarter Theater, American Repertory Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Geffen Playhouse, Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival and New York Theatre Workshop.

  • Teacher of dramatic writing at every level from elementary school to college and beyond, with many award-winning students.

And, of course, my own plays have been produced at theatre companies and schools in 49 US states and more than a dozen countries, and I have several produced short films to my credit.

My Philosophy

Many writing consultants advertise that they "know what sells." No one knows that. So why hire me then? Because in the absence of some magic key that unlocks the market, your goal should be to create great writing. My goal as a consultant is to help you do just that. But for me, the important thing is that what you write is the play, screenplay, book or article you want to write, not the one I would have written or the one I wish you wrote. To that end, rather than give you narrow prescriptions about "the way I would do it," I try to ask questions and make comments that empower YOU to come up with the answers that are right for your work.

For all of the details you need to get started, visit my writing consulting page, The Write Consultant, at

Co-Chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles
, member of The Dramatists Guild of America, and life member of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center.

Final Draft Resident Playwriting Expert and author of

Resident Playwriting Expert of The Writers Store.

Recent News
Straight Eye for the Gay Guy wins at California Independent Film Festival!
Straight Eye for the Gay Guy, which I adapted into a short film directed by Mary Lou Belli, won "Best Mini-Short" at the California Indepdendent Film Festival in September! It screens later in September at Cinema Diverse, presenting the best in LGBT cinema, in Palm Springs.
The Magic Hour to Premiere in October!
The Magic Hour, the follow-up to 4 A.M., my most produced play (though The Magic Hour stands on its own), will have its world premiere at Washington High School (Charles Town, WV) on October 30, 2015. It will subsequently be published by Playscripts, Inc., and performances opening October 31, 2015 and later may now be licensed.
Take My Online Playwriting Course!

Want to study playwriting from the comfort of your home, workplace or anywhere at all?  In Introduction to Playwriting, you'll get all of the basics of playwriting and be well on your way to writing a new play, but you don't even have to get out of bed if you don't want to!  Look for a new session this summer.  Get more information and enroll here:

Two New Plays Now Available
Check out the latest additions to my catalogue!  There's a one-act dark comedy, You Should Never Eat Your Heroes (think Sweeney Todd meets high school), and a new short play, Dolphin, about the aftermath of a cyberbullying incident.
Playwriting Webinar!
I recently taught my first webinar:  Playwriting 101:  Everything You Need to Know to Write a Play.  While the live presentation has come and gone, you can still purchase this 90-minute presentation, which includes me answering audience questions, here:
Upcoming Productions
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Beaconhills College (Pakenham, VIC, Australia), October 2015
4 A.M.
John Champe High School (Aldie, VA), October 2015
Rumors of Polar Bears (full-length)
Laguna Creek High School Drama Club (Elk Grove, CA), October 2015
The Locker Next 2 Mine (one-act version)
Valley View High School (Moreno Valley, CA), October 2015
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Elmwood Park High School (Elmwood Park, IL), October 2015
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Thedford High School (Thedford, NE), November 2015
Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions
Gregori High School (Modesto, CA), November 2015
After Math
Mark Twain Middle School (Alexandria, VA), November 2015
4 A.M.
Broadway High School (Penn Laird, VA), November 2015
Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions
O'Neill Public High School (O'Neill, NE), November 2015
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Maypearl High School (Maypearl, TX), November 2015
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Citizen's Christian Academy (Stillmore, GA), November 2015
4 A.M.
Lawrence High School (Lawrenceville, NJ), November 2015
High School (non) Musical
Floral Park Memorial High School (Floral Park, NY), November 2015
Just Add Zombies
Reed Theater (Sparks, NV), November 2015
4 A.M.
Colonial High School (Orlando, FL), November 2015
After Math
Lyman High School (Lyman, WY), November 2015
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
St. Charles East High School (St. Charles, IL), November 2015
Run Like the Dickens
Lone Star College-Montgomery (Conroe, TX), November 2015
4 A.M.
Shawnee Mission West High School (Overland Park, KS), November 2015
Just Add Zombies
McKinney Repertory Theatre Young Actors Guild (McKinney, TX), November 2015
4 A.M.
Night Owl Theatre - Kelowna Secondary School (Kelowna, BC, Canada), November 2015
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
Estacado High School (Lubbock, TX), December 2015
From Shakespeare with Love?
Hutchinson High School (Hutchinson, KS), December 2015
Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions
Menai High School & The Art Umbrella School of Performing Arts (Sydney, NSW, Australia), December 2015
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
Saltwater Creative Arts (Victoria, BC, Canada), December 2015
High School (non) Musical
Cressy District High School (Cressy, TAS, Australia), December 2015
From Shakespeare with Love?
Katherine L. Albiani Theatre Company (Elk Grove, CA), December 2015
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
YES Theater (Fairfax, CA), December 2015
High School (non) Musical
Gemco Players Community Theatre (Emerald, VIC), December 2015
4 A.M.
Prague Youth Theatre (Prague, Czech Republic), December 2015
Harry's Hotter at Twilight (one-act version)
McDonough High School (Tuscarora, MD), January 2016
Dear Chuck (one-act version)
The Hun School (Princeton, NJ), January 2016
You Should Never Eat Your Heroes
Watertown High School (Watertown, SD), February 2016
Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions
Mondeor High School (Johannesburg, South Africa), January 2017
Thicker: Two brothers, one a twentysomething slacker and the other a high school honor student with a penchant for theft, try to get by on their own in this short play that's also in development as a short film...

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