No matter where you are with your writing project I'm here to help.
- Los Angeles
- at his home
- at your home
1st lesson free!
I'm a playwright/TV writer with thirty years of experience. My tutoring is geared to the individual. I start with how to: develop the basic idea, choose characters, create a structure, build tension; how to get your thoughts down in a meaningful way; how to finish your first draft and most importantly HOW TO REWRITE: offering practical solutions; how to recognize the problem areas and fix them.
I'm a playwright/TV writer with over thirty years experience.
My first play was mounted in Los Angeles in 1987 and since then I've written 22 produced plays that have had productions in LA, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Charlotte N.C.
I wrote for "My So Called Life" and was story editor on "Gilmore Girls"; I was under contract in comedy development at Universal for three years; and have written and directed 88 episodes of a web series (cult-favorite "Ave 43" available on YouTube). My consulting business "Justin's Notes" has successfully guided dozens of clients to finish their manuscripts.
Here are some testimonials from students and clients of mine:
“He moves with focused insight into the soul and the mechanics of your work” - Liberty Larson
“He gets the whole picture. It has been a productive and profound experience.” - Victoria Thompson
“He was just the inspiration I needed to get back to work.” - Diane Lansing
“Had an excellent notes session. The bargain of the century.” - David Newman
“His laser eye has spotted exactly what I’ve needed. He’s the very best! - Tom Fitzpatrick
“He’s the real deal. His guidance, encouragement and very perceptive eye is invaluable.” - Danielle Kennedy
“He has the insight to improve virtually anything you send him. He understands what makes things work. - Nick Ullett
“He truly gets to the heart of your work and has a wonderful way of helping you develop your story.” - Thea Constantine
“He has a natural gift for teaching and years of experience and wisdom. It will change the way you write. - Deirdre Mendoza
“Justin is an amazing mentor, coach and inspiration.” - Barbara Weetman
“I’m now firing on all cylinders and my work has found a new beginning. I'm forever grateful.” - Robert Riechel
“He's the best damn playwright and the best writing teacher on the West Coast.” - Robert Senasac
“His generous and spirited approach drove my rewrite forward in exciting and positive ways.” - Carey Campbell
“In-depth and helpful notes and coaching provided at every turn.” - Syl Bozem
“I couldn’t have finished my script without his insight and gentle guidance and encouragement!” - Ellen Ratner
“Justin's class has given me so much inspiration and motivation to move forward with my writing.” - Jacquie Marroquin
“I learned how to create dramatic tension while developing a stronger relationship with my voice.” - Jill Weiss Ippolito
“Clear, informed, compassionate feedback on my creative work.” - Brian Favorite
“He gave me great suggestions, ideas and the confidence I needed to take it to the next level. Can’t wait to do it again!” - Alison Dale
"His precise editing brings complete clarity to the work. It is exactly what any self-respecting writer wants and most likely needs." - Merry Ann Cherry
"He helped me see for myself where to go next. He is also a wonderful teacher who guides with patience, humor, and love. " - Margaret Hernandez
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