The quotes below are from students who took the class Winter quarter
2006. Their experience levels ranged from complete beginner to WGA
Having worked professionally as a writer, and
taken a good many courses in all the various aspects of screenwriting
and television writing, I can honestly say that Bonnie’s course
is like no other that I’ve taken before. The goal is to get
you writing and keep you writing. All the exercises are designed
to break you out of the box. But, the best part for me, is I’ve
gone from being completely burnt out with writer’s block –
to rediscovering the joy of writing. No small feat that!
S.H. Brin , WGA writer
The value of this class FAR exceeds the
cost! The cost is less than Robert McKee’s weekend course
and is taught much more intimately, as a result, your learning curve
is accelerated and you walk away with feedback and tools that launch
you into being a committed, confident, professional writer.
This is the best writing class I have taken
in over ten years of taking classes…much better than the 2-3
day mass-market courses. Now have a robust tool kit from which to
choose to build characters, plot…scenes. I’ve really
learned how to see visuals and voices so that the story and characters
are more than interesting. This course is geared toward the novice
OR experienced writer. Bonnie MacBird, the instructor, is a master
teacher who allows everyone to move at their own pace and provides
rich feedback relative to your skill development. My writing is
10,000 times better.
Rob Turfe, independent writer/producer
After learning from Bonnie in my first screenwriting
class at UCLA Extension, I definitely want to take more screenwriting
classes here at UCLA and also complete the Screenwriting Certificate
C. Jett , SAG Actor, screenwriting award winner
I’ve been an actor producer, director,
editor, casting director and teacher. I can honestly say this class
has been one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had.
It’s inspiring, passionate, packed full of information and
highly motivational. I must admit with all I’ve done, I’ve
never had to write a scene, never thought I could. Bonnie put that
to rest her first class. She takes away the fear of failing and
has the wonderful ability to make one feel like they can accomplish
anything. Pulling from all avenues, she’s able to introduce
and help one address the right side of the brain, tapping into that
genius in all of us. Showing how to get there quickly and stay there
longer. In my opinion this class is unique and no matter what level
you’re at, you’ll get a lot out of it.
R. Bengston, SAG Actor/Director/Teacher
A truly inspiring class for someone who
has never written. The instructor’s enthusiasm and encouragement
made me do more than I thought I could.
Enough material and sources to draw on for
at least 6 months.
No matter what level you enter with; you’ll
finish higher, equipped with solid awareness of what it takes to
write a scene from your own story.
Remarkable synthesis of art, psychology,
William Stavers, animal behaviorist, first time screenwriter
Screenwriting on the Write Side of the Brain
is an exceptional course by an extraordinary teacher. Bonnie MacBird
has a unique way of reaching and motivating all types of personalities
in her students. I believe her teaching style, wealth of experience
and knowledge can benefit writers at all stages, from beginner to
Ms. MacBird uses games and exercises to unlock
creative potential and get her students in “the flow”
or “in the zone”. Bonnie’s choices in her required
reading section are wonderful, each screenplay illustrating many
nuances of the rich fabric of the course syllabus. The course from
week to week was challenging, exciting, fun and soon became my favorite
night of the week. I was sorry when the course was over, and I’m
looking forward to furthering my studies with “The Write Brain,
Screenwriting and Ms. Bonnie MacBird.
J. Fontaine, actor and writer
The most important lesson I learned in Bonnie’s
class is that the creative moment is in the act of writing. Write
first, write now. Leave the judgement, editing and revision for
later, write now.
M. Perez, SAG actor, director,
There’s more than one way to skin
a cat and more than one way to ignite your very own creative fire.
Bonnie has helped me find new ways to do just that.
G. Alvarez, SAG actor/writer.
Having attended the Juilliard School Drama
division, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and the
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art – I can say that Bonnie’s
class covers all the bases of approaching the craft involved in
storytelling. Whether it’s working from the outside in or
the inside out, she provides a massive toolbox of skills to help
you find your flow in writing, while making sure that you are telling
an engaging and potentially marketable story. She brings a wealth
of diverse experience to the table, and I walk out of every class
inspired, ready to write, and ready to explore and integrate the
new tool of the week. This is both a technical and inspirational
M. Goldstrom, actor, writer, filmmaker