Application deadline extended three more days! Apply by October 26th!

New Teachers. New Courses. New Format. Take the exciting Fall Online Screenwriting Program for 50% off. Fall only.

This Fall become a part of the Global Act One family. Access our amazing writing curriculum via the internet–from anywhere, on your time, at your convenience.


We know there are different writing programs you can take. Some better than others. We believe ours is the right one for you because through Act One…
…You will learn how to tell redemptive stories grounded in a Biblical worldview.
…You will be taught by more than one teacher. A wide range of diverse, successful, working writers are coming off the lots and out of the writers rooms to teach you the basics (character, dialogue, formatting, structure) and more advanced topics.
…You will gain insight into writing from a Christian aesthetic
….You will learn how to instill the three transcendentals (beauty, truth and goodness) into your films.
…You will find ways to mine ideas, how to find your voice, how to develop truly memorable characters, and so much more.
…You will have access to high quality video-based lessons (no bulletin boards here).
…You will experience the Act One virtual classroom where you will interact with fellow classmates as well as a professional screenwriting mentor.
Why? So that you can write truly powerful redemptive stories.
If you have ever wanted to impact culture, here is your chance. Learn redemptive storytelling for film, TV or other mediums this fall in the Act One Online Writing Program.


Over the 12-weeks, screenwriting basics (plot, character, dialogue, structure, world building, and more)  will be taught via video courses, group Skype sessions and one-on-one mentoring. The 12-weeks are structured like this:

  • 22 Video-based Lessons
  • Weekly Group Skype Sessions
  • Bi-Weekly One-on-one Mentoring via phone or Skype
  • Weekly writing assignments
  • Weekly film viewing assignments
  • Reading assignments (Save the Cat, The Hollywood Standard, Making a Good Script Great, etc.)


Week One

Lesson 1: The Act One Difference
Lesson 2: How to watch film?

Week Two

Lesson 3: A Beautiful Movie
Lesson 4: A True Movie
Lesson 5: A Good Movie

Week Three

Lesson 6: Generating Ideas
Lesson 7: Finding your voice

Week Four

Lesson 8: Loglines:  This is an analysis of compelling loglines and the steps to create them.
Lesson 9: Genre

Week Five

Lesson 10: Structure Methods

Week Six

Lesson 11: Characters
Lesson 12: Dialogue

Week Seven

Lesson 13: Beyond Formatting: Crafting a Script that Comes Alive on the Page

Week Eight

Lesson 14: What’s so important about themes?
Lesson 15: Subtext

Week Nine

Lesson 16: Writing is Rewriting
Lesson 17: Film Exegesis

Week Ten

Lesson 18: Cracking the One-Hour TV Script
Lesson 19: Writing for Half-Hour Television

Week Eleven

Lesson 20: Writing & Directing Commercials
Lesson 21: Storytelling & Technology

Week Twelve

Lesson 22: How then shall we write?


“The Act One Writing Program did more for me in 10 weeks than four years of college was ever able to get me.”
– Nicholas C.

“More than anything, the community of Act One has encouraged me to keep going in this city. The stories they share have been invaluable. I’m really thankful to have found a group of like-minded people who are also excellent at what they do.”
– Hannah C.

“Act One is a huge blessing, both professionally and spiritually.  The mentors and speakers are filled not only with wisdom about their craft and the industry but also with compassion for their students.  This program really is the perfect place to hone your writing and producing skills for the glory of God and to build a life-long community of believers and fellow writers.”
– Zach V.

“Act One has made a difference.  I have tools to improve my writing, friends that love Jesus in the industry, and a far better understanding of the climate I am attempting to be a part of.  Act One is packed with professionals that take their craft seriously and clearly hope to inspire other Christians to do the same.”
– Dave B.

“A wonderful concoction of knowledgeable speakers, prayerful team leaders, and dedicated participants. A top notch group of kind hearted and world successful individuals who welcomed us and truly want us to thrive.”
– Erika T.

“It has changed my spiritual and technical vision. It has shown me how to improve my skills as a storyteller. Christian writers must enroll in Act One if they are looking for direction and structure.”
– Poliana A.


“Act One is more than an educational program — it is a vital resource, both creatively and spiritually, for the new vanguard of Christian film professionals.”
-Bill Marsilii, Writer, Deja Vu, The Wind in the Willows

“Act One is a program that combines values with solid knowledge and experience in the film industry. The leaders are brilliant, and the students are terrific. I’ve been impressed with this program since it’s beginning – and continue to be. It has vision, imagination, and knows what needs to be learned and how to teach it.”
-Dr. Linda Seger, Script Consultant, Author of Making a Good Script Great and Spiritual Steps on the Road to Success

“Writers who are successful write. Act One will give you the training, the motivation, and the support to jump-start your writing career.”
-David McFadzean, Executive Producer, Home Improvement, What Women Want

“Act One develops top notch writers – it’s just that simple. There’s no other program like it.”
-Jeff Holder, Act One Faculty, Network and Studio Executive, ABC, Sony, Hanna-Barbera

“Mentoring Act One students is my way of encouraging and empowering the next generation of screenwriters.”
-Monica Macer, Act One Faculty, Writer, Lost (ABC), Prison Break (Fox)

“Act One is an invaluable experience, a wonderful synthesis of the spiritual and the practical.”
-Chris Easterly, Act One Graduate, 2008 Warner Brothers Workshop Winner, Staff Writer, Unnatural History (CN)

“The breadth of the industry that we are exposed to during the program has more than equipped me with an advanced understanding of the business. The wisdom that the instructors imparted to us would have taken years for us to learn on our own. I feel that the program served to spare me from making costly mistakes in the future.”
-Ben Lobato, Staff Writer, The Unit

“One of the most fulfilling months of my life…both spiritually and artistically… It doesn’t make writing easier. It makes it harder…and better…and thank God for that.”
-Kevin Chesley, Act One graduate, Writer, The Hard Times of RJ Berge (MTV)

Act One not only made me a better writer, it also gave me the connections to start my career in Hollywood… and a community of support to keep me here.
– Robert Kirbyson, Writer-Director, Ctrl (NBC), Snowmen

“Act One seeks to form writers reflective of what might be called a ‘Judeo-Christian professionalism’– writers who combine the highest professional standards with the highest moral values.”
–Cardinal John Patrick Foley


Q: How do I contact Act One?
A: Act One can be reached at 2690 N. Beachwood Dr., Hollywood, CA 90068. You can best reach us via email or schedule a phone call with us to go into more details about our various programs and services.

Q: When is the deadline for the Writing Program applications?
A: Fall Deadline: October 12, 2016.

Q: What is the application fee?
A: $50 (Regular Deadline)

Q: How soon will I hear back from you?
A: We accept applications on a rolling basis. Once your application is received, we will notify you of your status within 30 days. The sooner you apply, the sooner you’ll hear back on whether you’ve been accepted and the sooner you can begin to prepare for the program.

Q: What kind of applicants are you looking for?
A: We’re looking for talented writers who love film and TV and are serious about their Christian faith.

Q: What can I expect to accomplish in the Writing Program?
A: The Writing Program is a series of intensive lectures and workshops focused on the craft of screenwriting, coupled with rigorous writing exercises and individualized weekly feedback on your work from a Hollywood professional. Curriculum includes classes and assignments on structure, character, dialogue, the spiritual journey of a writer, screenings, Q&A sessions with filmmakers, and much more!

Q: How much writing experience do Act One students typically have?
A: Our students range from beginners with no experience to working screenwriters. According to the surveys we conduct at the completion of each program, students of all experience levels find the program challenging and valuable.

Q: How old are most Act One students?
A: Act One students are typically between 22 and 45.

Q: Does Act One provide financial aid or scholarships?
A: Act One does NOT offer traditional financial aid. However, we do allow our students to spread out the cost of the program over several months.

Q: When is tuition due?
A: A deposit is required upon acceptance into the program to hold your spot. Dates are listed at the top of the page.


FALL 2016  |  ONLINE:

  • 12-Week Online Courses: October 26, 2016 – January 25, 2017




$3,000 $1,499.00 (PAY-IN FULL by October 26, 2016.)

APPS DUE by October 21, 2016

**Please note, space is LIMITED for this class. Apply today.


  1. Computer (the newer, the better)
  2. High speed internet access
  3. Web camera (HD is preferable)
  4. Working Computer Microphone

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