Hi there, I’m Denise Joy Hart, a.k.a. TV Writing Coach, and the creative voice behind TV Screenwriter. I’m also the founder of the Scriptory™ System, a mashup of compelling story and script structure, designed to help TV writers tell dope stories. In the articles here on the site and in my online workshops, live seminars and consulting you’ll learn the nuts and bolts of writing powerful television drama.
How Did I…
…end up falling in love with story telling and over the past 20 years helping hundreds of people all across the nation to achieve their goals?
I grew up in “O” town. No. Not Oakland, Omaha. Growing up in middle America was an idyllic experience.
I grew up on the taste of welfare…powdered milk and government cheese. Along with my siblings I lived in 13 different homes from the time I was born until I was 17 and left home. The first being a low income projects nicknamed “Little Vietnam”, so don’t come for me!
Learning to outrun the eviction notice cultivated my love of storytelling from a young age. Having to attend a different school virtually every year, made making new friends hard so instead, I became best friends with books. At 9 I published my first poem and at 13 I rote and shot my first movie, “The Chase” with my neighborhood crew at Tommy Rose Gardens projects.
People say I’m a master at reinventing myself. Just another byproduct of lessons learned from my vagabond/gypsy like upbringing.
Here’s my never list: Neve thought I’d leave Omaha, get married, have a child, reconcile with my father, buy a home or go to college. Well, I’ve lived on the Best coast and the Beast coast, my ex has a new wife; my GenY son is finally financially independent; my dad and I are two peas in a pod; a few years ago, I purchased and remodeled my third home; and I’m damn proud of my MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Most of all I’m proud to be this-close to be debt free. Won’t he do it!
But seriously, teaching playwriting and acting for 20 years at the mecca, Howard University, and becoming an award winning playwright and collaborating with other creatives to write stories that hypnotize masses of people to sit in front of a screen to root for, cry with or cuss out fictional people is one of the best come up stories you’ll ever hear!
In addition to tons of street-cred lived-experience, I hold an MFA in playwriting and studied Drama Series writing with TV writing luminaries, Aly Feltes (Ozark/Netflix), Kevin Townsley (Lets Get Physical), Zach Ayers (American Soul/Siren), at the world famous Script Anatomy in LA and comedy writing at Second City Chicago and Upright Citizen Brigade Theatre in NYC.
Lastly, for those of you that wonder if I’m spiritual, ratchet, bougie, professional or ghetto…please note, I’m mixed.