Arvid Unsgaard Head of Story Academy

Arvid Unsgaard

Artistic Director for Story &

Pedagogic guide

Arvid has built up and is the creator of Story Academy on Gotland. Arvid has worked with films for over 25 years and on a number of scripting projects, for example, for the Swedish film industry. Arvid Unsgaard's films have been acclaimed in the media, and had won a number of international awards.

Paolo Vacirca screenwriting instructor

Paolo Vacirca

Instructor in commercial screenwriting

Paolo Vacirca works as screenwriter. He has worked as development manager at AB Svensk Filmindustri. Paolo has written a lot of scripts on assignments. He has, for example, written the script  The Hypnotist, who Lasse Hallström directed.

Karel Segers - Screenwriting instructor

Karel Segers

Instructor in Storytelling techniques

Karel Segers  is a story consultant, writer and producer. Karel is also a certified teacher whose lectures have inspired students all over the world. His clients include award-winning filmmakers, of which three Oscar-nominees. Karel ranks among the world's most influential people for screenwriting on social media.

Karen Janszen feature instructor at Story Academy

Instructor in writing a feature 

Karen Janszen

She teaches part-time at the AFI, Her screenwriting credits include MARS, DOLPHIN TALE, GRACIE, A WALK TO REMEMBER, THE MATCHMAKER, and FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON. DUMA was named a top ten pick of 2005 by the LA Times.

Michael hauge -  feature instructor at Story Academy

Michael Hauge

Lecturer/ instructor in storytelling

Michael Hauge has been one of Hollywood's premier Story consultant since 1985. He has worked with numerous screenwriters, writers and filmmakers. He has consulted projects with Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts and Morgan Freeman. He is also the author of the best-selling "How to pitch in 60 seconds" and "How to write a screenplay that sells"

Steve Mazur  -  feature instructor at Story Academy

Steve Mazur

Instructor in writing feature  

Mazur has taught screenwriting for the past 10 years, including four years at AFI and five years with the Professional Writing Program at USC. He's written or co-written scripts for Universal, DreamWorks, Warner Bros., MGM, Imagine, Paramount, Sony, CBS, A&E, Spike TV, and Disney, including  LIAR, LIAR and latest "The Philosophy of Phil"

Paul Gulino -  feature instructor at Story Academy

Paul Gulino

Instructor in writing a feature 

Honing his own skills through writing for the theater and practicing the craft as taught by Frank Daniel and Milos Forman, Screenwriting, he says, isn't a craft you can learn from a book. "The best way is to learn from someone who knows the craft, so you can see how theories can be applied to your own work." 

Michael Colleary - Drama Series instructor at Story Academy

Michael Colleary

Instructor for TV- Writing

Thomas Pemberton - Feature and Drama Series instructor at Story Academy

Thomas Pemberton

Instructor in feature

William Rabkin - Drama Series instructor at Story Academy

Instructor in TV-Writing

William Rabkin

William Rabkin

Instructor in TV-Writing

Veteran TV writer/showrunner, William Rabkin is the author of the best-selling Writing the Pilot and Writing the Pilot: Creating the Series. He is an associate professor of television writing. Twice nominated for the Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America, he is currently developing and writing a 12-episode thriller for Chinese television and consulting for a major Dutch production company.

Professional Script Developer with a decade of experience of working on all aspects of the script development process.
Currently working as a Development Executive for Kevin DeWalt at Mind's Eye Entertainment, He have also worked as a reader for BBC, Channel Four, STV and HBO Europe. 

Michael Colleary is an American film producer, screenwriter and television writer. His writing credits include Face/Off etc

Colleary is currently the writer-showrunner of the independently financed, action-adventure TV series, The Professionals.

Joel Thompson - Drama Series lecturer at Story Academy

Joel Thompson

Instructor in TV writing

MFA, television writer, and WGA member whose writing credits include House MD, Boomtown, Battlestar Galactica, and Falling Skies. Mr. Thompson was a former story analyst for Icon Pictures, Village Roadshow, and John Wells Productions. He has also sold pitches to various networks including CBS, HBO Films, and Stage 9 Productions (Disney), and is a contributing author to Inside the Room (Gotham Books/Penguin).

Kathie Fong Yoneda - pitching expert at Story Academy

Kathie Fong Yoneda

Lecturer/ Instructor for pitching 

With over 30+ years of industry experience, Kathie Fong Yoneda has worked for such prestigious studios as Paramount, Columbia, MGM, Universal, 20th Century Fox, and Disney.  Her career includes executive positions with Walt Disney Studios, Touchstone, Island Pictures and Walt Disney TV Animation.  Through her career, she has evaluated more than 20,000 submissions in the areas of film, television etc


Some of all guest teachers/  or and  instructors we had through the years. Many of them is returning speakers/ instructors.

Malin Nevander | Lecturer

Head of drama development at the Swedish television 

Paul Chitlik | Lecturer

Screenwriter  and expert in the rewrite process. 

Johan Brisinger | Lecturer

A Swedish Screenwriter, director and producer. With a lot of production in his portfolio. 

Alexander Kantsjö | Lecturer

A Swedish Screenwriter who worked  on the famous series "Jordskott"

Stephanie Varella | Lecturer

Story developer  for  series on shows like; without a trace, cold case, CSI, Fearless. 

Cindy Mollo | Lecturer

Experienced film and series editor, with titles as Ozark, Book of Eli, House of cards and Madmen

Steven Bernstein | Lecturer

s an American cinematographer, director, screenwriter. Known for the movie Monster and the upcoming movie Last call. 


Cilla Jackert | Lecturer

One of the most experienced Swedish Screenwriter with titles as ”Vår tid är nu”, Känn ingen sorg, Molander and the upcoming series Tunna blå linjen. 


Filip Hammarström | Lecturer

Executive producer and showrunner most known for jordskott. 


Mikhail Krichman | Lecturer

Photographer for movies like Leviatan, The return and loveless. 


Steve Kaplan | Lecturer

For years, Steve Kaplan has been one of the industry’s most sought-after experts on comedy.


David Sacks | Lecturer

Emmy award Screenwriter and producer with credits for the Simpson, 3rd rock from the sun, Malcolm in the middle and the new Final Space.


David N Weiss | Lecturer

Screenwriter who was written Shrek 2.


David Trottier | Lecturer

He is a produced screenwriter, top script consultant, and award-winning teacher.


Jeff Schechter | Lecturer

He is a American screenwriter and executive producer with credits as the series Stitchers, Overruled 


Douglas Soesbo | Lecturer

He is a screenwriter and former Story analyst at Universal Picture. Writer credits for the movie Boulevard with Robbin Williams. 


Linda Aronson | Lecturer

She is a Award-winning Scriptwriter, Playwright and Novelist. Teaches & consults on screenwriting internationally.


Linda Seger | Lecturer

A legendary screenwriting & story coach, screenplay consultant. 


Bob Schultz | Lecturer

He is a producer and screenwriter and experienced pitch lecturer. 


Danny Rubin | Lecturer

Screenwriter most known for Groundhog Day. 

Signe Olynik | Lecturer

She is a producer and screenwriter known for Below Zero. 


Chris Soth | Lecturer

Screenwriter and lecturer, who is mostly known for his mini movie method. 


Bob Dolman | Lecturer

He is a writer and producer, known for Willow, Drömmarnas horisont and SCTV Network 90.

Chris  Mack | Q/A Lectur

Director, Creative Talent Investment & Development at Netflix

Masako Masuda | Lecturer

Set designer with work from Avengers, Jurassic Park, Benjamin button, West world, House  of cards  and a lot more. 

Neil Landau | Lecturer

Screenwriter, producer, teacher and author, The showrunners roadmap.

José Silerio | Lecturer

Screenwriter and was working tight with Blake Snyder and his Save the cat method. 

Chris Vogler | Lecturer

Working with Disney and his screenwriting guide, The Writer's Journey.


Erik Bork | Lecturer, Instructor

HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and From the Earth to the Moon, won two Emmy and two Golden Globe Awards as part of the producing team.


Iris Yamashita | Lecturer, Instructor

Hired by Clint Eastwood to write the Japanese side of the story of Letters from Iwo Jima. She was nominated in 2007 for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.


Karl Iglesias | Lecturer

Best-selling author.  He teaches at UCLA Extension’s Writers' Program. He writes a regular column on the craft for Creative Screenwriting magazine.

Börje Hansson | Lecturer

Swedish producer with over hundred titels.

Robert Bryant | Lecturer

A game  developer who have worked for years  and who has written the book "slay the dragon" about how to write for games. 


Steven Katz | Lecturer

Author of the best selling film directing book Shot by shot. 


Alvaro Rodriquez | Lecturer

Screenwriter most known for ”from dusk to dawn the serie and Machete. 


Anders Lennberg | Lecturer

Swedish screenwriter and Director. Known for his newest movie Pool and Same Same. 


Michael Colleary | Lecturer

Screenwriter and producer - who wrote the classic movie Face off. 

Marco Cyris | Lecturer

He has  been Nicholas cage stand in for ten years. For movies like Adaptation, Lord of war, National treasure, Matchstick man, Super 8 etc


Carole Kirschner | Lecturer, instructor

The Director of America’s Showrunner Training Program & CBS Diversity Writers Mentoring Program. Have heard over 3,000 pitches, bought hundreds of projects and was involved in developing dozens of television series.


Jennifer Graeser | Lecturer

Jennifer is a screenwriter, author, speaker, and forensic specialist.


Kathie Fong Yoneda | Lecturer, instructor 

30+ years of industry experience, executive positions with Walt Disney Studios, Touchstone, Island Pictures and Walt Disney TV Animation. 


Warren Lewis | Lecturer

Screenwriter with credits as Black rain and 13th warrior. 

Billy Mernit | Lecturer, Instructor

Screenwriter, author, story analyst at Universal and award winning teacher at UCLA Extension.

Soni Jörgensen | Lecturer, Instructor

Soni Jorgensen is a Swedish screenwriter working for producers in the US, Europe and Sweden. She received her training at the USC Graduate Screenwriting Program.


"The outstanding screenwriting program at Storyutbildningen is a unique gift to both the students and the Swedish film and television industry. Having offered seminars there for more than three years, I am repeatedly impressed with the high caliber of instruction, the progress of the students, the strong individual support for each writer, and the professional approach taken by the entire program toward the participants and their craft. I strongly recommend Storyutbildningen to anyone serious about become a professional screenwriter in Sweden."

Michael Hauge - Script coach


Some of the companies we pitch at.