Method Writing: The First Four Concepts – Jack Grapes [FULL INTERVIEW]

Film Courage: What is method writing?

Jack Grapes, Artist, Writer, Author, Instructor: Oh, you’re starting off with a hard question. Well, I’m an actor. Method acting is a big school of acting that Marlon Brando and people like that studied under (Marlyn Monroe) and so forth. I studied method acting and it stresses an authentic response to what your work is. You’re not acting with gestures, you’re being true, you’re being natural. I was teaching writing in which I thought I wanted writers not to worry about the technique or the style to begin with but to….(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).


0:00 – What Is Method Writing?

12:51 – There Is No Rulebook For Being A Father

31:16 – Writers Only Have To Know These 5 Basic Voices

46:28 – Great Artists Talk To Each Other Across Time And Space

1:01:46 – You Can’t Talk Like A Writer

1:19:29 – How To Write In Your Deep Voice

1:26:31 – Difference Between Talent And Genius

1:44:20 – This Is Why Good Writers Never Write A Perfect First Draft

1:51:21 – What The Audience Wants More Than Anything Else

2:08:11 – Artists Can’t Predict If Their Work Will Be Memorable

2:19:45 – Writers Don’t Need An Outline

2:29:22 – Why 99% Of Stories Are Meaningless

2:37:37 – You Don’t Need A Story To Write

2:50:07 – The Audience Will Forget Your Plot But Not Your Characters

3:06:16 – How To Spot Bad Writing

3:21:53 – The Day I Watched A 24 Hour Movie



Jack Grapes is an award-winning poet, playwright, actor, teacher, and the editor and publisher of ONTHEBUS, one of the top literary journals in the country. He has won several publishing grants and Fellowships in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts. He’s also received nine Artist-in- Residence Grants from the California Arts Council to teach writing in various schools throughout Los Angeles. He is the author of 13 books of poetry, including TREES, COFFEE, AND THE EYES OF DEER, and BREAKING DOWN THE SURFACE OF THE WORLD. A spoken-word CD, Pretend, was recently issued by DePaul University. He is also author of a chapbook of poems and paintings titled AND THE RUNNING FORM, NAKED, BLAKE. His most recent publication is LUCKY FINDS, a boxed set of 50 cards that extend and parody the dynamic artistic productions of high-modernist poets such as Ezra Pound and Charles Olson. For more information on Jack’s classes, please visit here.

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