Anyone fortunate enough to win a seat in Professor Richard Walter's
legendary class at UCLA film school can be confident their career
has just taken a quantum leap forward. His students have written
more than ten projects for Steven Spielberg alone, plus hundreds
of other Hollywood blockbusters and prestigious indie productions,
including two recent Oscar winners for best original screenplay-Milk (2008)
and Sideways (2006).
Richard Walter has been the Screenwriting Chairman of the UCLA
Film, Television, and Digital Media writing program for almost
thirty years. A screenwriter and novelist himself, he lives in
Los Angeles, California.
Walter is a celebrated storytelling guru, movie industry expert,
and longtime chairman of UCLA’s legendary graduate program
in screenwriting. A screenwriter and published novelist, his latest
book, Essentials of Screenwriting, is available in stores.
His previous published works include the novels Escape from
Film School and Barry and the Persuasions and screenwriting
books The Whole Picture: Strategies for Screenwriting Success
in the New Hollywood and Screenwriting: The Art, Craft and
Business of Film and Television Writing.
He has written numerous feature assignments for the major studios
and has sold material to all three networks. He has also written
many informational, educational and corporate films. Richard lectures
on screenwriting and storytelling throughout North America and
the world. He has conducted master classes in London, Paris, Jerusalem,
Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Beijing and Hong Kong.
Richard is a widely viewed pop culture critic and media pundit
who has appeared multiple times on The Today Show, The O’Reilly
Factor, Hardball, ABC Primetime, Scarborough Country, CBS News
Nightwatch, NPR, KABC-Talk Radio and numerous independent television
and radio stations. More than a hundred newspaper and magazine
articles have described his work and the program he directs at
In addition to his stature in the media and academic world as
a writer of substantial professional experience, Richard is also
a leading expert witness in intellectual property litigation.