Keys to Page

An 8-week course covering how to translate an idea to a script in any medium.

What is it?

What unlocks an idea? How do you translate that idea from your fingers or pen to an actual thing that you can hold or submit or publish? In this 8 week class, I'll tell you how to do just that, from creating an idea and characters to building a world to most importantly, getting words on paper! Learn how to decode what idea fits what medium, how to work in that medium, and how to build healthy writing habits. Unlock your creativity in Keys to page! 

What is the course fee?

The course fee is still being determined.

Who is Makena Metz?

Teaching Credentials:

Makena is an emerging novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and librettist. 


She is a mentor through Maestra from 2020 to the present. She's been a mentor through Writegirl from 2018 to the present and mentored through Young Storytellers from 2017-2018.



Makena Metz is an LA native, INFJ aquarius, and cancer survivor, who manages her chronic/invisible illness, aplastic anemia, on a daily basis. These illnesses have tremendously informed who she is and what she writes about - stories about, and for, marginalized groups of people, whose stories otherwise would not be told. She tells these stories through the lens of worldbuilding - playing in science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism to translate the issues of today through metaphor. Makena studied Playwriting & Theatre Directing at Columbia College Chicago (class of 17’) and is a proud member of DGA & ASCAP.  Makena mentors through Writegirl and Maestra and is an active member of Women in Animation (WIA).


This past year, Makena wrote her debut novel Deeper Than Bone and won NaNoWriMo for her second novel A Whisper of Magic. She was excited for her short play Death Bites to be presented in The Lincoln Center’s Virtual ADA30 Celebration and she was also selected for the Institute for American Musical Theatre’s inaugural IAMT CREATORS Certificate Program in Musical Theatre Writing. Additionally, her pilot Theo’s Grand Adventure (Semifinals) and her feature script Alba and The Underworld (Quarterfinals) were selected as part of the 2020 ScreenCraft Animation Competition.


In the past two years, Makena’s full length TYA fantasy play Blurrred: A Modern Fairy Tale was chosen for the SE Texas Festival of New Plays and her essay Epic Storytelling in Musical Theatre was published in Musical Theater Today Magazine, Volume 3. Makena was chosen as an Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights 2018 Diversity Fellow and attended The Kennedy Center’s 2018 Playwriting Intensive for their annual workshop.


Makena is a graduate of New Musicals Inc. CORE Curriculum for Musical Theatre Writing and has interned and worked for The Jim Henson Company, Walt Disney Imagineering, and the kid's animated television show Curious George. Follow her on twitter or instagram @MakenaMetz and find her work on New Play Exchange (NPX)!