This workshop was very healing and the Serra Retreat Center was so gorgeous. The people in the group that were chosen were smart. Geoff Harris was spot on, incisive, and kind. The project I brought was elevated in the direction in which I wanted to grow as a writer.Celeste Wolfe
Geoff Harris was Vice President of Story and Writer Development at NBC, where he honed his skill for developing writers and scripts for twelve years. In that role, which spanned NBC’s most prosperous and creatively thriving years, he managed the network’s Story Department, discovered talented new writers, and collaborated in the development of primetime shows, including comedies, dramas, movies and mini-series.
As a screenwriting consultant, teacher and freelance writer, Geoff has taught TV writing workshops sponsored by ABC and NBC for more than a decade, including an annual workshop for Latino writers held in Los Angeles. Several of his students have gone on to staff positions on primetime TV shows, including “NCIS,” “Grimm,” and the reboot of “Full House.” Related to his teaching efforts, he received the annual Impact Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to Latino Writers, given by the National Hispanic Media Coalition.
Geoff also teaches screenwriting in a low residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. In addition, over the years, he has taught classes in screenwriting and script analysis at several universities, including the American Film Institute, and in web-series writing at Cal State University, Los Angeles.
He judges for several writing contests, including the Warner Bros. Writers Program and the ABC Writing Program, and guest-blogs about television writing on the Save the Cat! website.
Geoff offers a script-reading service on his own website, Geoff at Script Analysts.
After earning graduate degrees from Columbia University in New York City and the University of Notre Dame, Geoff began his career as a newspaper writer on the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, formerly the flagship of the Hearst newspaper empire. He currently lives in Sherman Oaks, California with his wife, Melissa, and their two children.