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David Mamet

Teaches Dramatic Writing

Write great drama

David Mamet sat in on a poker game full of thieves and left with the inspiration for American Buffalo. Now, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Glengarry Glen Ross takes you through his 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.


Watch, listen, and learn as David teaches his first-ever online dramatic writing class.


A downloadable workbook accompanies the class with lesson recaps and supplemental materials.


Upload videos to get feedback from the class. David will also critique select student work.

Lesson Plan

Playwriting and screenwriting can be an overwhelming process; Mamet's metaphors and breakdown of the craft was accessible, thought provoking, and inspiring.

J.R. Roseis a theater teacher, director, and playwright from Illinois, who has directed shows internationally.

His mannerisms color his tales, leaving no doubt that you're dealing with an artist. Always prescient and never pedantic, he is a man who loves to teach.

J.C. Collieris an experienced writer from Florida. He has written screenplays and short stories, and recently started a novel.

This class is fast-paced and instantly applicable. The core concepts are primal; I recognized them in Mamet's work and how to apply them to my own projects.

Brennan Roachis an experienced actor, director, and educator from Chicago. He is a student in David Mamet's MasterClass.

Having dipped into a few of the standard screenwriting books, it was infinitely more helpful to be guided through the plotting process by David Mamet himself.

Oliver Maltmanis a professional actor and writer from London. He has appeared in three Oscar-nominated films.



We offer full refunds up to 30 days after purchase.

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Take the class at your own pace and in your own time.



When does the class start?

David's class is now live! Enroll today for instant access.

What does the enrollment fee include?

  • Access to every lesson in the class
  • A downloadable workbook with lesson recaps, takeaways, and assignments
  • Membership in an active community of engaged students (upload your own work, or provide feedback on a peer's!)
  • Access to instructor feedback and answers in Office Hours
  • Class-specific tools to help you practice your craft
  • You can see more information about what the class includes at

What format does the class take?

MasterClass is an immersive online experience. The curriculum for each MasterClass is designed by the instructor. Each class includes extensive pre-recorded video content, a class workbook, interactive assignments, and community activities. The videos are viewable at any time, and they can be paused, fast-forwarded, and re-watched as many times as you'd like. In addition, many students utilize the class discussions below each video to share their thoughts, upload their performances, and provide feedback on others' work.

Is the class live?

David's MasterClass has pre-recorded video lessons, which can be watched at anytime. There are live opportunities to connect with your fellow classmates, which are announced as they come.

Can I download the videos?

No, the videos are not downloadable - but they are available in your account, ready for viewing (and re-watching) at any time.

Will David see my work?

We do not guarantee critiques from David. Periodically, we may have opportunities for students to submit work to David. As those opportunities arise students will be notified and given directions on how to submit their work. MasterClass does not accept unsolicited work.

How do I contact MasterClass?

Send us an email at and we'll be happy to help.

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David Mamet

Teaches Dramatic Writing

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