Workshop Description

Are you a cop? A crip? A carpenter? Then how are you supposed to write like one?

Join professional screenwriter and professor of screenwriting, Michael Lucker, for a fun-filled 75-minute workshop on how to write like someone you’re not. Years of writing dialogue for vampires, ghosts, mayors, dragons, teenagers, and treasure-hunters has given Michael first-hand experience at weaving believable dialogue. Even when the characters seem unbelievable! Now he will show you the tips and tricks of the trade he’s learned from working with some of the best and brightest in the film business that will help you learn to set yourself aside and write like your characters.

Topics will include:

  • Write What You Know
  • Write What You Want to Know
  • Get Out of the Way
  • Know Your Character
  • Know Your Neighbor
  • Know Your Self

During the workshop, Michael will lead attendees through a short, engaging writing exercise that will unleash the creative spirit within and challenge everyone to write in a voice they never have before.

About Michael Lucker

Michael is a professional screenwriter and professor of screenwriting with more than twenty years of experience writing for major studios and ten years of experience lecturing at major universities. He began his career writing and directing cable commercials while earning his undergraduate degree in broadcasting and film at Boston University’s College of Communication. Soon after he landed in Los Angeles working in production for ABC, NBC and CBS before taking a job as assistant to Steven Spielberg at Amblin Entertainment on the feature films Always, Arachnophobia and Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade. He went onto serve in creative affairs on feature films at Hollywood Pictures before embarking on a career as a screenwriter for Paramount, Disney, DreamWorks, Fox and Universal on such movies as Vampire in Brooklyn, Home on The Range, Mulan II and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2002 as best animated feature. An opportunity to serve as executive producer at Turner Entertainment brought him home to Atlanta in 2007.  He went onto work in television for Animal Planet, Cartoon Network, Travel Channel, History, Discovery, NBC, TBS, TNT, TLC, OWN, DIY, MSNBC and A&E. Recently, he served as consultant on the feature films Fear of Rain starring Harry Connick Jr., A Wing and A Prayer starring Denis Quaid and The Curse of La Patasola starring AJ Jones. The award-winning short 10-56, which Michael co-wrote and co-produced in 2021, is currently in development as a feature film with Riot Proof Entertainment. Recently, he was hired to adapt the award-winning children’s book series FREEING FREDDIE into an animated television series with Candy Bear Productions, and write the feature thriller PROJECT 33 for Monument Multimedia.  A renowned instructor in screenwriting, Michael serves as lecturer at University of North Georgia and in Reinhardt University’s Creative Writing MFA Program. He also serves as advisor to the Georgia Film Academy, and founder of the Atlanta-based Screenwriter School. His book on screenwriting — Crash! Boom! Bang! How to Write Action Movies” — is available wherever books are sold. His debut novel, the irreverent thriller “Rule One,” he hopes to release Fall of 2023.

Michael’s Book

A fun, insightful insider’s look at the nuts and bolts of writing action movies, from concept to completion, by a professional screenwriter and professor of screenwriting. Full of witty anecdotes from the front lines (and tricks of the trade from between the lines), Crash! Boom! Bang! promises an enjoyable and educational read for writers and students of all levels. Although bullets and bloodshed abound in cinema, the lessons within will benefit screenwriters of all kinds of movies.