Corey burrows under the accepted conventions of film structure until they collapse, revealing inviolate rules to be hollow myths. If screenwriting is the land of fundamentalist experts, Corey is a bomb-throwing radical. When I get in trouble with a story, there are only two sources to which I turn for help – and Corey is one of them.
— Paul Haggis, two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director (Crash, Million Dollar Baby, Casino Royale)
As someone with years of experience in the development world I found Corey’s class to be absolutely refreshing. He provides exercises which reinforce fundamental elements needed to create a strong screenplay. If you are committed to becoming a better screenwriter this class can help you.
— Jennifer Soskin, Director of Development and Production at HBO films
No one, and I mean no one, is teaching what Corey is teaching. This is the best workshop I have ever attended. There is no way to describe how beneficial it is. I always felt close as a screenwriter, but after taking this workshop I was able to make the necessary changes in my writing and recently sold my first script to Paramount.
— Michael Helvin, writer of The Lesser Heart
After four years, an MFA, and finally my first break into writing for television, I can say that no one — not even the best graduate programs — are teaching what Corey is, and that integrating his techniques into the day-to-day framework of my writing has been the most important variable in any success I’ve had as a screenwriter. The skills I’ve learned have become my secret weapon in the writer’s room and one of the best things that have ever happened to my career. Anyone that has the opportunity to take his courses — consider yourself one of the lucky ones. I know I do.
— Tamara Carter, Staff Writer on HBO’s The Leftovers
I’ve never met a writing teacher like Corey Mandell. He can help you reach your true potential as a storyteller. What you can get from Corey, if you do the work, is a complete training in process and a path toward creative integration and mastery. I can’t recommend his classes enough to anyone serious about screenwriting or TV writing as a career.
— Jennifer Kushner, Director of Artist Development, Film Independent
Over the years, I’ve developed an impressive distaste for screenwriting courses. Most offer little more than paint by numbers formulas and inapplicable industry advice. But Corey’s class is the exception to the rule. It was a wake up call to me. Corey’s teaching method is so unique, so singular, and effective it made me wonder how I ever wrote without it. It’s hands down the best class out there!
— Gary Lundy, writer of A Happening of Monumental Proportions, starring Jennifer Garner and Katie Holmes
I read the books and took the classes but Corey’s workshop was different. Honestly, it was transformative for me. I use the tools I learned from him in every single script meeting. He reshaped the way I think about screenwriting. If you want to become a better screenwriter and you are not signed up for Corey’s class — seriously, get it together!
— Nick Weiss, co-writer and director of the Paramount movie, Drunk Wedding
Corey’s program represents nothing less than a paradigm shift in writing instruction and learning. No longer does a writer have to be told, “You’re only good with concepts, but you can’t write believable dialogue.” Or, “I love your characters, but you just aren’t good with structure.” Corey’s idea of creative integration isn’t just revolutionary, it is fundamental to successful writing — and has never before been taught. I can’t recommend Corey and his programs highly enough.
— Tom Nunan, former network and studio president, and Executive Producer of the Academy Award-winning Crash
Corey’s class was transformative and a huge paradigm shift for me. His Creative Integration method has completely changed the way I approach my work. The skills I learned in his class are now a main part of my toolbox. As a mom to three, I am very budget-conscious and can say without any reservation that his workshops were definitely worth the investment!
— Brandi Nicole Payne, writer of the HBO film, Muted
I’ve written 1 screenplays without any success. During that time I read every screenwriting book and attended all the seminars. After four weeks with Corey I FINALLY knew why my scripts didn’t work, and more importantly, what to do about it. I used everything he taught me to write a script that landed me a manager and then my first script option. THANK YOU!
— Monica Owens, writer of Timebends
Every client I sent to work with Corey has taken great leaps and bounds. His techniques are ingenious, unique and valuable for both beginners and seasoned professionals. I can’t recommend it enough.
— Jeff Graup, Literary Manager, Graup Entertainment
Corey’s unique approach has been invaluable to understanding the conceptual and intuitive aspects of writing, and has led me on a path towards creative integration of the two. Beyond the classroom, Corey’s wisdom and consultations helped me sell my current pilot, The Owen, to Universal Cable Productions. Thank you!
— Mike Dow, writer and producer on ABC’s Young & Hungry and TV Land’s Happily Divorced
Corey is by far the best writing teacher I’ve ever had and taught me techniques I had never heard of before or since. After finishing his class I landed an agent and my first produced writing credit. I sill consult the notes from Corey’s class in my writing as they’ve been indispensable.
— Keith Schreier, Justified, The Good Wife
As a development executive with the dubious honor of having to read countless boring predictable scripts written to the same old boring predictable formulas taught by a growing number of experts who have never actually written a successful script, I am appreciative someone is finally telling the truth. Anyone serious about wanting to be a professional writer needs to take Corey’s workshop.
— Michelle Sart Tanner
Corey not only taught me the tools to access the dark, painful places that make up my intuitive side, he taught me how to combine the conceptual and the intuitive through Creative Integration to reach my full potential as a writer. In the room or on the page, the benefits of Corey’s workshops are immeasurable.
— Roger Grant, writer and producer on the CW’s Beauty and the Beast and NBC’s Chicago Fire
I feel as if I’ve been liberated from Story Structure Hell. I never could fit myself into those formulas and yet felt guilty and inadequate that I was unable to make it work according to their edicts. It always felt constricting and wrong. Thank you for showing me a sane way out.
— Jennifer Hoffman
Corey’s instruction is ground-breakingly brilliant. I received my MFA in Filmmaking where I took dozens of screenwriting courses. My thesis film won the Gold Medal at the Student Academy Awards. And Corey’s class was the biggest wake up call of my life. I have devoted tremendous time, effort, and money to the craft of screenwriting, yet Corey’s class is the best investment of them all. I’ve never witnessed such drastic improvement in my writing in just a few short weeks.
— Patrick Alexander, writer and director of Rundown
This is the first screenwriting class I’ve taken where I actually learned useful tools that I can take home and practice. I continue to use these tools as a professional writer on a daily basis. Studying with Corey was like my Masters Program.
— Diana Mendez, Staff Writer on Rosewood
After taking Corey’s seminar I had a whole new perspective on what makes a film great. The techniques and tools he gave us applied to every client’s screenplay, regardless of genre, and I’m amazed that no one has taught this approach previously. I highly recommend people take the time to hear what he has to say and absorb it.
— Richard Demato, Literary Manager and Partner, Fuse Entertainment