Marilyn Horowitz is an American script doctor, writing coach, and producer. Horowitz is the founder of the Horowitz Center for Screenwriting, an industry that transforms scripts into market-ready screenplays. Horowitz is also the creator of the Horowitz System, a writing system that proposes a new and effective way. Horowitz is the author of several books that include, How To Write A Screenplay in 10 Weeks (ISBN 0-9799089-1-4), The Four Magic Questions of Screenwriting (ISBN 0-9799089-4-9) and the upcoming How To Sell Your Screenplay in 30 Days Using New and Social Media.
Most screenwriting methods often focus on structure and not enough on story. These methods can help you write a screenplay but Horowitz teaches what was previously thought to be “un-teachable”- how to be a better writer. Horowitz shows students how to develop a good concept, create memorable, three-dimensional characters and craft a well-structured and emotionally satisfying story.
Marilyn Horowitz was born and raised in New York City. Horowitz’s love affair with film began when she was 8 years old. Her father, a General Counsel for Columbia Pictures, would often bring home movies. But it was Jimmy Stewart’s Mr. Smith Goes To Washington that would pique Horowitz’s interest in understanding how to develop good characters and make a difference through storytelling. Horowitz received a B.A. from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and later went on to make a short film Night Hawks At the Diner, which was screened on Showtime.
After years as a struggling writer, Horowitz optioned her first novel and was hired to adapt it. The process of making the story screen-ready to please producers was so difficult that she ended up creating her own writing method, The Horowitz System.
In 1996, Horowitz co-founded ArtMar Productions, a screenwriting consulting and education company. Later, ArtMar expanded to include film production and film-making workshops. The company went on to produceCaleb’s Door in 2009 and several short films. Horowitz served as the script consultant in 2007 for the Warner Bros. film, And Then Came Love, starring Vanessa Williams. She was also the script consultant and associate producer on 2004’s The Reawakening, an independent feature film produced under the auspices of the ABC New Talent Development Scholarship Grant. Horowitz is also the associate producer on two upcoming feature films, “The One” and “Found in Time.”
She won the New York University Award for Teaching Excellence in 2004. Horowitz regularly conducts screenwriting seminars for New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT), Film and Video Arts, WGA East, Independent Feature Project (IFP), HBO and Montage Entertainment, and the Lake Placid Film Festival. Horowitz has also made frequent presentations of her writing system at professional conferences that include the Great American Pitchfest and Author 101. Her students include, published novelists, screenwriters and award-winning filmmakers. Brad Winters, a writer for HBO’s “Oz” is among her former students. Melinda Metz and Sally Mendez are among the novelists she has worked with throughout the years. Marilyn has contributed articles to Screenwriter, Hollywood Scriptwriter and Script Magazine. Horowitz’s most recent writing is featured in Now Write! Fiction Writing Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers by Sherry Ellis (ISBN 1-58542-522-2), a screenwriting anthology published by Tarcher and Penguin on January 6, 2011.
Horowitz is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the New York University. She has written six books teaching her method, including books for college, high school and middle school. The college version is a required textbook at New York University, and two of her books provide the text for the “Lights, Camera, Literacy!” program taught to over a 1,000 children in Maryland’s Montgomery County Public Schools, which recently received the “Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award” for the outstanding performance of a school system.
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