Richard Walter (writer)

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Richard Walter
Occupation(s)Author, educator, screenwriter, commentator, consultant
Known forScreenwriting: The Art, Craft and Business of Film and Television Writing
SpousePatricia Sandgrund
RelativesJessica Walter (sister)

Richard Walter is an American author, educator, screenwriter, commentator, consultant, and chairman of the University of California, Los Angeles graduate program in screenwriting.[1]

He has written several works, including the Essentials of Screenwriting, published in June 2010,[2][3] and the novels Escape from Film School and Barry and the Persuasions. Other publications include screenwriting books The Whole Picture: Strategies for Screenwriting Success in the New Hollywood and Screenwriting: The Art, Craft and Business of Film and Television Writing.


Walter lectures on screenwriting and storytelling throughout North America and the world. He has written numerous feature assignments for the major studios and has sold material to all of the Big Three television networks. He has also written many informational, educational and corporate films, and is a 30-year member of the Writers Guild of America. He has conducted master classes in London, Paris, Jerusalem, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Beijing and Hong Kong.

Walter is also a pop culture critic and media pundit on entertainment history-related topics, such as anti-Americanism and Hollywood,[4] screenwriting as a career,[5] film production[6] and politics.[7] Walter is also a court authorized expert in intellectual property law,[8] in particular plagiarism and copyright infringement.

Personal life[edit]

Walter's sister was actress Jessica Walter.[9]

Walter is married to Patricia Sandgrund, with whom he has two children.[10][11]


Students from Walter’s screenwriting program at UCLA have written projects for Steven Spielberg, and many successful Hollywood productions,[12] including three Academy Awards for best screenplay: Dustin Lance Black for Milk and Alexander Payne for Sideways and The Descendants.[13] Other past students of the UCLA program under Walter's direction include these television and film screenwriters:


  1. ^ UCLA faculty bio
  2. ^ Penguin Group publishing
  3. ^ interview
  4. ^ NPR December 2006
  5. ^ interview
  6. ^ November 2010
  7. ^ Huffington Post December 2010
  8. ^ January 2007
  9. ^ "Jessica Walter, 'Arrested Development' and 'Archer' Actress, Dies at 80". The Hollywood Reporter. 25 March 2021. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Obituary for William V. Sandgrund". The New York Times. 26 February 2003.
  11. ^ "Obituary for Esther Walter".
  12. ^ UCLA news Archived 26 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ UCLA Spotlight 2006

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