Write Screenplays That Sell: The Ackerman Way

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Write Screenplays That Sell
The Ackerman Way

“Hal Ackerman’s new book is exceptional.”

-Scr(i)pt magazine, May/June 2004

“…this [book] will become one of the more popular screenwriting books out there.”

-Screentalk magazine, January 2004

“Here is another excellent screenwriting book. Very important addition to your screenwriting library.”

-Script magazine, Summer Book Review 2004

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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.

Over the last decade, a dozen screenplays written in his classes have been sold and six have become films, including ones starring Tom Hanks (directed by Steven Spielberg), Gwyneth Paltrow, Hilary Swank and Diane Lane. Many other student scripts have dominated major screenwriting competitions.

With this book every professional writer gets a lifetime collaborator and every aspiring writer has a teacher in residence on his or her shelf.

Anyone who wants to be a successful screenwriter must read this book.”

-Sam Goldwyn, Jr.

The best new screenwriting book in more than a decade! Ackerman writes with wit and grace and consummate wisdom. He offers exquisite insights into the nature not of film alone, but all creative expression. I eagerly recommend it to writers and to all souls who love movies.”

-Richard Walter
Chair of UCLA Screenwriting Program

Hal Ackerman was my teacher, mentor and guide, but I also think of him as the ‘midwife’ who helped me deliver my script.

-Pamela Gray,
A Walk on the Moon;
Dirty Dancing 2

Once you finish this book, you’ll have no excuse for not writing a great screenplay.”

-Sasha Gervasi,

Chalk up another victory for alumni of the Ackerman school.

-Nicholas Griffin,
Matchstick Men

Hal Ackerman is a brilliant teacher and an amazing inspiration.

-Felicia Henderson,
Creator, Soulfood
Executive Producer/Director, Showtime Networks

Hal Ackerman has been on the UCLA Screenwriting faculty for 18 years. As a writer he has sold material to major studios, to Academy Award winning independent producers and to major television networks. His fiction and non-fiction writing has appeared in numerous literary journals. An award-winning playwright, his work has been performed at the National Shakespeare Company. His one-man play, Blue Sundays: How Prostate Cancer Made a Man of Me, was recently introduced in Los Angeles.

Additional Information

Author Hal Ackerman
Cover Type Softcover
Category Film, Sreenwriting
Book Dimensions 6 x 9
Page Count 296
ISBN 1-931290-52-0