Hal Ackerman has been on the faculty of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television since 1985 and is currently co-area head of the screenwriting program. His book, Write Screenplays That Sell…The Ackerman Way, is in its third printing, and is the text of choice in a growing number of screenwriting programs around the country.
He has sold original material to all the major studio and networks. He has had numerous short stories published in literary journals including North Dakota Review, New Millennium Writings, The Pinch, The Yalobusha Review. “Roof Garden” won the Warren Adler 2008 award for fiction. “The Dancer Horse” was nominated for a Pushcart prize in 2011. “Belle and Melinda” has just been selected by Southeast review as the winner of their WORLD’S BEST SHORT SHORT STORY CONTEST.
His play, under its original title TESTOSTERONE: How Prostate Cancer Made A Man of Me, was the recipient of the William Saroyan Centennial Prize for drama. Under its new title, PRICK, it was named BEST SCRIPT at the 2011 United Solo Festival in New York.
His first novel, STEIN, STONED was won the Lovey Award for best first novel; followed by STEIN, STUNG in May of 2012.