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8-Week STORY MAPS MASTER CLASS with Daniel Calvisi


In the Master Class, you may write alone, but you’re never on your own. Whether you’re in a group class or working privately with me, I foster a supportive, positive environment that’s focused on the craft, the work and the real world, not on theory.

There are no "live" logins, with the exceptions of a few Skype calls with me, if you choose. Most of this course is taught via direct email threads. There are no auto-emails used in the Story Maps Master Class! 

  • Story Maps E-books, plus bonus story maps.
  • 8 weeks of lectures, assignments and notes from Dan Calvisi and your peers.
  • Notes on your work from our current Industry Advisors (managers, producers, pro screenwriters).
  • Q&A conference call with one or both of the Advisors.
  • Direct email correspondence with Dan.
  • At least one Skype conference with Dan.
  • Discounts on future classes and coaching.

The Story Maps Master Class is a proven screenwriting program that guides you from logline to submission-ready script, offering you reliable, detailed notes from:

  1. A teacher with 20 years of experience and extensive film industry credentials
  2. At least two current, working professionals in the movie and television industry in Los Angeles (managers, execs, producers, pro screenwriters)
  3. Your fellow writers
That’s a lot of notes! In many online screenwriting courses, you’re lucky to get your instructor’s notes on ONE assignment. I give you notes every week on every assignment.

“If you are looking for someone who combines expert analysis with incredible credentials and experience, put Daniel Calvisi in your script analyst black book.”
-Script Magazine


I bring in working professionals in the film and TV business to give Master Class writers feedback on their work and targeted advice on the industry. Past pros have included managers, producers, agency assistants, story analysts, pro screenwriters and more.

Our first Advisor for the fall 2017 course is Jeffrey Reddick, creator of the Final Destination franchise (which has grossed over $665 million at the worldwide box-office). Jeffrey has years of experience in film and television; his credits also include the cult hit Tamara and the award-winning Dead Awake. As a producer and writer, he has no less than 9 projects lined up for 2017 and 2018! More advisors will be announced soon. Stay tuned to for more information.

If you take the fall 2017 course, by the time Halloween rolls around, you will have a full Story Map, scene list and your first script pages. And by the end of the course, if you really want to be a rock star, you’ll have a completed screenplay.

Perhaps most exciting of all, for those who complete their screenplay and get it to a high level of quality, an advisor will often read it and consider it for representation or development. At the least, this course gives you exposure and access that you would rarely get as an unsolicited writer.

My goal is to get my writers REPPED, SUBMITTED and SOLD!

I can’t promise success, but I can promise that I will always work as hard as I can to guide your writing and to expose you and your work to the industry. If you’re willing to work hard enough, to develop that BIG IDEA into a GREAT SCRIPT that Hollywood didn’t know it needed, then we will help you to build a pipeline that gets you and your material into the right hands.

My Story Maps method is just the way to get you there. In fact, it’s even gaining traction in the industry, being endorsed and used by many top professionals:

“Using examples from some of the most respected shows on television, writers will learn to master the form from outline to Fade Out.”
-Hilary Weisman Graham, Writer
(Orange is the New Black (Netflix), Bones (Fox))

“I was looking to both reinforce and challenge what I knew and also what I couldn’t yet quite articulate. I found your book on Amazon, loved what I had previewed, and decided to drop the dime. Glad I did. It’s an excellent resource.”
-Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Writer (Masters of Sex (Showtime),
MTV, Nickelodeon, WWE, Off-Broadway playwright)

“I always get asked – how do you write a pilot? Dan Calvisi has the answers!”
-Sam Ruano, Writer (Killjoys (HULU), Lost Girl (Sony TV), Little Mosque on the Prairie (CBC))

“I’ve been a fan of your process for a long time now.  I follow your Story maps guide quite a bit and I plan to use it on our upcoming show in development at Starz, Executive Produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.”
-Kirkland Morris, Producer (Tomorrow, Today (STARZ))

“I love how Dan emphasizes the fundamentals of story telling. A great script starts with a solid structure and that’s what one learns in Dan’s classes.”
-Ryu Miyaki, four-time client and
winner of Amazon Studios Script of the Month
$20,000 Prize

“Dan’s class is fantastic. From concept to execution, his feedback each week has been a huge help. His industry connections add another dimension with insight from current professionals. His format allows you to keep your own pace and match your own goals. The group setting is great for the creative process. I really feel like my writing has improved in general and the script I’m working on has been taken to the next level!”
-Mandy Cohen, Group and Private Master Class student

“Dan, thank you for your support and professionalism. First of all, I learned so much from your critiques and I appreciate the way you pushed me to do better all the time. I also now understand more about the business after the critique from the industry advisors. It inspires me to improve myself!”
Max Badier, Private Master Class Student

“Your course is awesome! This is the first “structure” that I feel comfortable with. You’re also very good with feedback and you have a sense of humor that keeps me from taking my writing too serious. I like that. I need that. I think all writers do. You state your observations clearly and professionally without being overly critical. That encourages progress.”
-Regina Scott, Private Master Class student

I’m getting a lot out of the Master Class. I’ve developed a real appreciation for the structure and strategy of screenwriting. Hopefully my “voice” will emerge with more sweat equity. It’s been a good investment.”
-Steve Frisina, Group Master Class student

This is not just another screenwriting class. In fact, I believe in this course so much, I'm willing to throw in a bonus:


If you complete a submission-quality script within six months of completing the STORY MAPS MASTER CLASS, I will guarantee you a submission to one of my pro industry contacts.

I hope you can join us!
Good luck and happy writing,
Dan Calvisi

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Our first INDUSTRY ADVISOR is Jeffrey Reddick, creator of the "Final Destination" franchise! Jeffrey will be giving feedback to students on their concepts and career. More advisors will be announced soon.

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