INSIDE THE ART, CRAFT AND BUSINESS OF WRITING for Film, TV, Books, Stage, Print or Digital Media (with Particular Attention to Comedy)
“LA’s most coveted coach!” - Jillian Lauren (author of the NY Times bestselling memoir “Some Girls: My Life in a Harem”)
“The best writing coach in Hollywood!” – Kelly Carlin (“Carlin Home Companion”)
Writer-producer-teacher-writing coach Greg Miller is the author of “How to Be a Writer Who Writes“. He can help you start, develop, revise and finish your book, script or any writing project. He has worked with NY Times best-selling authors, absolute beginners and everyone in between on memoirs, novels, screenplays and comedy scripts and has a perfect “10″ rating in all categories on Allexperts.com.
- Focus your concept, draft and/or rewrite
- Super-charge your creative process
- Maximize your time
- Increase your productivity
“A creative midwife!” - Kimberly
“Smart, funny, savvy and super, super helpful!” – Dani
“Invaluable!” – Tim
SPECIALIZED FLAT-RATE CONSULTS
Feature Screenplay Notes $250 – Analysis of your script, includes both specific suggestions for a rewrite of your current draft and a broader conversation about where this project exists in relation to your other writing projects and your the bigger picture of your writing career.
Greg Miller has pitched, sold and written projects for 20th Century Fox, Dino De Laurentiis, Vestron, Oxygen, Comedy Central, MTV, Disney and the Recovery Network. He’s read hundreds of books and scripts as a story analyst for Fox, Columbia, UA, Paramount and several literary agencies. He has written and produced audio for NPR, CBC, Sirius, Comedy World Radio, Warner Audio and his own company, Un-Cabaret Multi-Media.
As a teacher and coach, Greg has worked with authors including Cecil Castellucci, Jillian Lauren, the screenwriters of “Life”, “Intolerable Cruelty”, “Bring It On”, “The Last Seduction”, plus writers on TV shows including “30 Rock”, “MadTV” and “Undeclared”.
Greg has coached clients and taught private workshops for over 10 years. He’s taught at UCLA Extension, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Humber College, Improv Olympics, the Skirball Center, Media Bistro, Teen Canteen, PushPush Theater and the NY Institute of Technology.
As co-creator and producer behind the legendary stand-up show ‘Un-Cabaret’ and offshoots, ‘Say the Word’ reading series and ‘The Other Network’ screenings and events, Greg has worked with a veritable who’s who of alternative comedy talent including Margaret Cho, Patton Oswalt, Michael Patrick King, Larry Charles, Judd Apatow, Merrill Markoe, Alan Zweibel, Dana Gould, Winnie Holzman, Cindy Chupack, Paul F. Tompkins, Bob Odenkirk, Taylor Negron, David Cross, Jeff Garlin, Laura Kightlinger, Beth Lapides and many more.
Greg gives practical results-oriented advice and applied solutions, and also can offer strategic insights. He works with writers at all stages of a project, from conception through rewrites, all the way to finding representation and bringing your work to the public.
“Greg is a FABULOUS coach. He has a remarkable eye for detail and an ear for tone, and he has taught me much about how to construct and develop a plot. I went to him seeking help with humor, and I ended up getting much more: a crash course in storytelling. Our conversations also became brainstorming sessions that generated new, valuable material for me. I recommend Greg for anyone who is stuck, who needs fresh eyes on their material, or who just wants a thoughtful, intelligent, and creative reader. And worth every penny!” – Vivian
“I feel totally supported. It makes so much difference knowing there’s someone standing by to read what I’m working on.” – Krista
“Incredible! I can’t believe what you did in just one hour!” – Marnie
“Totally worth it. A great investment!” – Shari
Greg can help you target specific aspects of your project, focus your themes or strengthen your structure. He can help you focus scenes, heighten character dynamics or do a line-by-line punch-up. And he can help you see the big-picture of how you and your work fit into the marketplace. His creative coaching methods are based on years of extensive hands-on experience as a writer, producer, promoter and collaborator.
What makes Greg such a great writing consultant and coach?
He loves writing and writers. Really. Some of his best friends are writers. He’s worked with writers for over 20 years – and has been avidly reading for over 40. He knows words and understands what it takes to make them.
He really understands the creative process. Greg has been through the writing process on dozens of long-form projects and coached other writers through hundreds. He has original theories, and he’s working on a book, about the 5 different phases of the creative process, including the challenges and opportunities of each Phase.
He gets results. Whether you need a short-leash or long-, Greg knows how to keep you motivated and focused to generate product.
He asks great questions. Greg went to NYU journalism school where he honed a natural ability to ask the right question at the right time. He’ll ask you the questions about your project that you can’t ask yourself. Questions that stimulate your creativity – and help prepare you to talk about your work in a meeting or pitch. And he’ll help you find answers that make your project better.
He knows comedy. Comedy and a sense of humor are huge selling points in almost any project. And Greg has created venues for, nurtured and worked with some of the most distinctive and influential voices in modern comedy. He’s produced and consulted for Comedy Central, HBO, Comedy World Radio, Julia Sweeney, Randy & Jason Sklar, Mr. Show and others. And he’s taught comedy writing techniques and principles at UCLA Extension, Humber College, Media Bistro, Improv Olympics, Judy Carter Comedy Workshop and with Beth Lapides in their Comedian’s Way workshop for 15 years. He can help you put more humor in your writing by finding your authentic voice and unique comic sensibility.
He gets Hollywood. He’s worked in ‘the Biz’ in various capacities for over 20 years, pitching, selling, writing and producing projects at major film studios and premium cable networks. He knows a lot of people and tracks the latest changes and trends in the book, TV and film industries, from mainstream networks to indie films and the www.
He’s fast. He can turn a script around in a day or cover a book in a weekend if necessary. He doesn’t waste time on the phone either. He has an uncanny ability to cut past the chase and get to the heart of the issue. He’s quick to find the problem, if there is one, and to offer solutions.
He’s discrete. Everything you send him or discuss with him is completely confidential. That gives you the freedom to tell all, knowing that he can help you decide what material should go public and what should stay private – especially helpful with non-fiction, personal issues or ‘fictionalized’ material.
He’s professional. Greg’s “mail room job” was as a professional script and book analyst for United Artists, Columbia and several other production companies and literary agencies. He’s written articles about the reading process for Writers Digest. He’s also assessed hundreds of scripts for The Other Network Comedy Contest. And of course he’s been reading for friends for years. That means he brings vast experience and perspective to your project.
He gives great notes. Years of teaching have helped him understand what it takes to really communicate a note to a writer. He’ll sugar-coat it if he has to, but he can tell you what your material needs to make it professional, artistically-valid and commercially-viable. He also freely offers ideas about how to improve your project.
He understand artists. Both Greg’s parents were actors, so he’s been around ‘talent’ all his life. In fact Marilyn Monroe patted his mom’s pregnant stomach while he was still in utero and Barbra Streisand was his babysitter. His gentle but firm touch with talent is one of the reasons the Un-Cabaret was such a creative and artistic success.
He works as a writer himself. He wrote over a dozen feature screenplays for 20th Century Fox, Dino De Laurentiis and others, some which even made it to the screen, including one that featured Drew Barrymore’s first on screen kiss. He’s also written many treatments, a series of comedy radio plays which aired on NPR and magazine articles. Not to mention press releases, proposals, blogs and love letters.
He understands different genre and mediums. He’s written comedy, action, drama, thrillers, horror, first person articles and ‘objective’ journalism. He’s also written for radio, tv, film, stage, magazine and print and can help you focus your material into the best context. And he understands the requirements, and strengths, of each medium.
He’s a really good listener. He’s produced and edited hundreds of hours of audio: comedy CDs, radio plays, educational materials, audio books, live and pre-produced radio shows for NPR, CBC, Un-Cabaret, Beth Lapides, the Other Network, Comedy World Radio, Sirius and XM Satellite Radio, Warner Audio and others. He knows how to listen to writers, to evoke and highlight relevant ideas and details of a project, and help you connect the dots.
He’s a great editor. He’s edited 100s of hours of comedy, spoken word, interviews, educational and instructional material. And he’s probably edited 100,000 pages of prose and scripts. A lot of writers overproduce because they don’t realize they already have what they need under that lump of clay. Greg really knows how to help shape and strengthen your material by editing out the bad words and letting your good words shine.
He has lots of tricks up his sleeve. He’s been collecting techniques, principles and creative technologies for years, trying things out in his own work and with some intensely-talented cohorts, picking up new ideas and approaches from some amazing collaborators, and formalizing it in his teaching and his book, “How to be a Writer Who Writes“.
He’s eclectic. He studied history, journalism, music and art and continues to actively research those areas plus others including creativity, edge science, yoga, crop circles, aliens, alternative spirituality and weapons technology.
He’s generous. He’s very free with ideas and suggestions for your project. He’s not afraid to voice his own opinion, but has no ego invested in whether you use his ideas or leap-frog them to find even better ideas of your own. And of course everything generated during your sessions is 100% yours.
He’s open-minded. He’s incredibly non-judgmental. He loves and respects individuality and doesn’t have any rigid doctrine. He doesn’t believe in a cookie-cutter approach, although he does like cookies!
- All conversations and communications about your work are 100% confidential.
- You own and retain copyright to any material discussed and any ideas generated during your sessions (including any ideas Greg contributes).
- After the first half-hour, time is billable by 1/4-hour.
- Time spent reviewing your material is ‘on the clock’.
- We will be happy to estimate reading/listening/viewing time if requested.
- All phone sessions must be paid 24 hours in advance.
- If phone sessions run over pre-paid time, balance is due within 24 hours.
- Scheduled phone sessions can be cancelled or re-scheduled with 4 hours notice for full credit.
- Greg retains the right to blog or write about your ‘case’ and creative process while respecting your anonymity and without divulging any of your particular creative material or ideas.
- We can not offer refunds but are flexible about applying your credit to workshops, other products or as a ‘gift’ to others.