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David Mamet, one of America’s preeminent playwrights and screenwriters, is now offering an online course on Dramatic Writing over at MasterClass. Featuring 26 video lessons and a downloadable workbook, the course will take you through Mamet’s “process for turning life’s strangest moments into dramatic art. He’ll teach you the rules of drama, the nuances of dialogue, and the skills to develop your own voice and create your masterpiece.” The cost is $90. It’s not every day that you can get inside the creative process of the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Glengarry Glen Ross. So perhaps it’s money well spent. (If you want to give this course as a gift, just click here.)
As we’ve previously mentioned, MasterClass has enlisted other accomplished figures to teach courses on their craft–eg, Steve Martin does comedy; Werner Herzog, filmmaking; Aaron Sorkin, screenwriting; Christina Aguilera, singing, and Frank Gehry, architecture, to name a few. You can browse their complete list of courses here. And, for $180, you can now get a year-long pass to all Masterclass courses.
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