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Your Million Dollar Idea: Generating Story For Nonfiction, TV and Film

Online Oct 1 (1 Thursday Afternoon)5:00pm - 8:00pm Pacific$951 Spot Left

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Field Notes You want to find the tale that becomes a Moth-winning story or NY Times Modern Love essay but you’re creatively stumped. Or maybe your manager needs you to bring three killer new ideas to your pitch at FX tomorrow and the well has run dry. What to do? In this one-day Idea Generation Seminar, Moth Host and Modern Love Alum Matteson Perry will help you bust through your writer’s block, unleash your imagination & mine your life’s passions for stories that only you can tell. Through-class brainstorming exercises and improvisational games, you’ll get the juices flowing, mine your personal experiences to excavate gems and draw inspiration from your life’s characters. By the end of class, you’ll have a pile of exceptional story ideas sure to impress with your unique point of view and expertise.

Note: This class is limited to 15 students.

How our online classes work:

Online classes can be attended from anywhere with an internet connection. You’ll be able to see and hear both your teacher and your fellow students. For the best experience, we recommend attending online classes in a quiet space, and using headphones or a headset.

If you are unsure of whether your computer can handle video conferencing, please review the system requirements.


Matteson Perry

Two Time Moth GrandSLAM winner, Moth Host

Matteson Perry is a performer, two-time winner of the Moth GrandSlam storytelling championship and a host of the Moth StorySlam in Los Angeles, and a screenwriter. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Modern Love, Playboy, McSweeney’s, and College Humor. Matteson’s memoir, “Available: A Memoir of Heartbreak, Hookups, Love and Brunch,” based on his storytelling essays and his Modern Love piece was published by Scribner in May 2016 and has been picked by ABC News and People a best new book of 2016. His work has been featured on NPR and several podcasts, including Unfictional, Risk!, and Storyworthy. He has sold two scripts “Guidance”, about a high school counselor who starts lying to help a wayward teen, will star Seann William Scott and “Cops and Robots” to BCDF Pictures in New York. Matteson's one hour pilot script he recently sold to Warner Brothers is now in development. MORE