Jonathan currently teaches screenwriting and creative writing and in New York City. For more information, please contact Jonathan or go to newyorkwritersworkshop.com.

For individual tutoring, please contact Jonathan to set up an interview.


Once Upon a Time: How To Write a Story
You have a hundred good ideas, but you never get to the end, or you have a great ending, but you don’t know how to build the story to achieve your vision. In this class, we will explore the process, techniques and importance of storytelling with an eye toward combining structure with intuition – that happy marriage of form and inspiration master storytellers make seamless. Using exercises and in-class constructive critiques, we will begin answering important questions about our writing: Why do I write? How dol get started? How do l know when I’m finished? We will establish a solid foundation for future writing by developing a method to our madness. Students will be expected to bring in works-in-progress and to contribute to in-class discussions.

· JCC Manhattan
Next class begins in September. Check back for updates.

· Writers Voice
Thursdays, eight sessions: July 19th to September 7th, 6:45 to 8:45 p.m.

Introduction to Screenwriting
Screenwriters are the architects and iron workers of the movie business, often overlooked, but absolutely
essential to good filmmaking. Writing a good screenplay requires mastery of a variety of skills, and a commitment to excellence. Using exercises and in-class critiques, students will develop skills that will help them begin a career as a master builder. Students will begin learning the following fundamentals. How to: properly format a script, structure a screenplay, build in backstory, write natural dialogue, use conflict to develop their stories, build scenes that drive the script forward, create compelling characters, develop themes. Students will learn the importance of writing a compelling, readable and cinematic script. In the class, students will develop one screenplay idea. Beginners as well as those looking to complete works in progress are welcome.

· Writers Voice
No class currently scheduled.

Registration Information

Writer’s Voice.
To register for Jonathan’s classes at the Writers Voice call (212) 875-4124 between the hours of 11 AM to 7 PM Monday through Friday, or visit the Customer Service Center located off the main lobby of the West Side Y.

· Classes are $75.00 for members of the West Side YMCA
· Classes are $350.00 for non-members, unless listed otherwise

The West Side YMCA Writer’s Voice
Registration begins Monday, February 12 for Session 2
Glenn Rauchen Literary Arts Director
(212) 875-4124
JCC Manhattan
For more information,or to register, please call 646-505-5708.

· Classes are $350.00 for members
· Classes are $400.00 for non-members

The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St. (Program room assignments will be available at the JCC
Customer Service Desk, in the lobby of the Samuel Priest Rose Building.)