7. WRITERS' RESOURCES
12th Annual Writers Network Screenplay & Fiction
Win Agency Representation & Cash Prizes!
Now in its 12th year, the Writers Network Competition, co-sponsored by
WGA Signatory Agencies, is a unique program designed to give new and talented
writers the chance to pursue careers in film, television and publishing.
If you have a screenplay, one-hour or half-hour teleplay, stage play,
novel or novel in progress that you would like to submit, go to: www.fadeinonline.com/Contests/AwardChoose.html
Enter online or call: (800) 646-3896
Deadline for entries: May 31, 2005 (postmarked by)
Entry fee: $35.00
scr(i)pt magazine Presents:
2nd Annual New York PitchXchange
June 10 -12, 2005 - New York University, New York
Last year, over 30 executives (agents, managers, producers) attended the
Inaugural New York PitchXchange to hear five-minute pitches from over
500 aspiring and working screenwriters. Companies included Miramax Films,
Dimension Films, MTV, Abrams Artist Agency, The Howard Stern Production
Company and many others.
This year the event will span the course of three days. The first day
offers a full-day seminar with Hollywood producer and pitch king Robert
Kosberg. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from the master
and participate in a Q&A session. The day wraps with Pitch Idol;
American Idol with a pitch.
On the second and third days, pitches will rain from the sky as writers
pitch their best ideas, five minutes at a time. In between pitches writers
will have the chance to attend one-hour classes on subjects ranging from
How to Write a Query Letter to Writing a Great Opening.
Throughout the entire weekend, one-on-one pitch coaching will also be
available in 15-minute sessions.
This year, scr(i)pt aims to create a sequel that surpasses the
original. Readers have responded and the turnout spoke for itself; East
Coast writers must have a way to access Hollywood without traveling 3,000
miles! And there is no better location than that of the East Coast's finest
film program -- New York University.
For more information, go to: www.pitchxchange.com
This event is sponsored by IFP, WGA, Screenstyle,
Drama Book Store, Cinewomen New York and Final Draft.
ArtsDay LA: A Free Celebration and Exploration
Saturday, May 21, 2005, 11am - 3pm
UCLA Court of Sciences
Hear 32 free mini-lectures and panels in the areas of architecture, creative
writing, graphic design, interior design, landscape architecture, photography,
screenwriting, and studio arts.
Receive a 10% discount on many summer arts and writing courses, meet
representatives from L.A. museums, art collectives, professional organizations
and businesses, enjoy live entertainment, giveaways and, for the first
300 attendees, gift bags with arts-related goodies.
For more detailed information,
This event is open to the public. No reservations necessary.
The Spec Market
your project for the largest audience of entertainment professionals in
the world. Baseline StudioSystem's Spec Market posting directory provides
an exciting new arena to list your screenplay, novel or story.
Entertainment professionals can browse, search and locate available content,
giving you the best possible opportunity to get your script in the hands
of the real decision-makers.
To register go to: www.scriptshark.com/specmarket/index.cfm
American Screenwriters Association to Collaborate
with San Diego Film Festival
September 21 - 25, 2005 - San Diego, CA
The San Diego Film Festival, which hosts more than 15,000 attendees
from around the world, has joined forces with the American Screenwriters
Association to integrate a screenwriting conference with this year's San
Diego Film Festival. According to The Ultimate Film Festival Survival
Guide, the San Diego Festival has received nearly a dozen awards
from festival goers and industry peers including Best Beach Festival,
a spot on the Top 10 Film Festival Vacations list and Best Regional Film
Festival. The Festival not only showcases the best in American and international
feature, documentary and short films, includes educational workshops and
panels, Q & A sessions with filmmakers and their casts, but it also
attracts a number of celebrities each year, with past guests including
Jennifer Beals, James Woods, Tatum O'Neal, Elizabeth Berkley, Zach Braff,
Cliff Robertson and more.
For registration and ASA membership information:
For more information on the San Diego Film Festival and Screenwriting
Phone: (619) 582-2368
Directing Commercials Seminars
Breaking into the lucrative field of commercial directing can be a daunting
task. Craig Worsham's 2-day seminar teaches everything you need to know
about creating fantastic commercials that will have advertisers begging
for more. From your spec reel and preproduction to contracts and pitching,
this will transform you from a complete novice to a well informed professional
ready to tackle the market.
Worsham, an established commercial director, provides insightful commentary
on several spec reels that will help you understand why a commercial fails
Seminar topics include: The process of getting in, your spec reel, creating
spec spots, specializing, your concept, producing your spec spots, signing
on with a production company, getting the boards, getting the job, the
director's treatment, gaining representation, breaking down 3 spots and
much, much more.
Commercials are just short films about a product, and directing them
can be a wonderfully fulfilling career. If you have ever considered becoming
a commercial director, this is the seminar that you cannot afford to miss.
Next Directing Commercials Seminars
May 14 & 15 - Universal Studios, Hollywood
*Also available on DVD with all the handouts included.
For more information, go to: www.directingcommercials.com
or call: (310) 356-6009.
Action/Cut Short Film Competition
Short Film Competition
This unique, industry-driven shorts competition will showcase indie filmmakers
and their work from around the world with a chance to win $35,000 in cash,
Hollywood meetings and sponsor awards with over 100 prizes!
Deadline: May 15, 2005.
Categories: Fiction - Documentary - Animation
Online Entry Form: Go to www.actioncut.com
Writing Dialogue for Emotional Impact
the techniques professional writers use to craft authentic dialogue that
individualizes characters and entertains readers. Developed exclusively
for Writers University by best-selling author and former development executive
Karl Iglesias, this four-week course will have you writing dialogue that
snaps, crackles and pops off the page.
Sessions begin on June 6th. Space is limited.
To register, visit: www.WritersUniversity.com.
This course and many others are brought to you by Writers
University, a division of The Writers Store.
American Zoetrope Screenwriting Workshop and
September 24 - October 1, 2005
Come to Francis Ford Coppola's gorgeous Blancaneaux Lodge in Belize for
a week-long screenwriting workshop led by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver,
American Gigolo, Raging Bull, The Mosquito Coast,
The Last Temptation of Christ, Affliction, Bringing
Out the Dead). Guests will enjoy luxurious accommodations, four-star
meals and small group workshops with leading screenwriters. Space is extremely
limited and admissions are rolling, so apply today.
For complete information, visit: www.All-Story.com.
The Third Annual American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest
Judged by Francis Ford Coppola, the Third Annual American Zoetrope
Screenplay Contest opens May 1. For complete information, visit www.Zoetrope.com.
Free Teleseminar: 21 Powerful Rewrite Strategies
help elevating your writing to a professional level so it gets the attention
"It's the best rewrite class I've taken.
I've taken three, one was two months, another two days and the third six
weeks. I learned more high quality tools in two hours with Hal than all
of the other courses combined." - Kymber Yung
In 2 hours, you'll learn:
· 7 professional rewrite processes.
· 3 mistakes that cause your writing to have an
· 6 ways to cut through the confusion and make
sure your story works.
· 4 methods of intensifying the most important
moments of your screenplay.
Overall, you'll get 21 ways to increase your chance of winning a contest,
getting an agent and selling your screenplays. Best of all, there's no
For info or to sign up, go to:
Learn to Write a Million-Dollar Screenplay
Sat & Sun, June 4th & 5th, 2005
Studio-produced screenwriter Chris Soth will teach a private, intensive,
Million-Dollar Screenwriting Seminar Saturday and Sunday, June 4th and
5th from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. in the Director's Room, Holiday Inn, 2005 N.
Chris will introduce his revolutionary new Mini-Movie Method
of story, breaking a two-hour movie into eight fifteen-minute films. Mini-Movies,
or sequences, are an industry secret not taught in any other
course, book or seminar. Once you learn this, you'll never go back to
ordinary three-act structure again!
Chris Soth, BA in Dramatic Literature, MFA Screenwriting, sold his screenplay,
Firestorm, for $750,000 while still a student at USC Film School.
Chris has made more than a million dollars as a screenwriter and wants
you to do the same!
to learn more.
Final Draft registered users receive a $100 discount. To receive the
discount contact Chris Soth directly:
Phone: 310-397 3124
Win a Free Session of Writers Boot Camp's Sensational
Immersion Program - The Ultimate Screenwriting Course
Session begins June 5, 2005 - Los Angeles
Boot Camp's Immersion Program is designed to help writers turn an idea
into a fully developed first draft in one month's time.
Beginning with a six-day intensive of instruction and creative support,
Immersion provides practical, hands-on tools for solidifying a strong
conceptual foundation on which to build a draft over the remainder of
the program. An industry panel featuring agents, managers, producers,
executives and feature and TV writers complements the daytime program.
The combination of potent development tools, feedback and creative support
and the access and insight offered by the Panel makes Immersion a course
like no other. Final Draft registered users receive $100 off the regular
course fee of $1295.
For more information or to register, visit: www.writersbootcamp.com/company_info/immersion.asp.
To enter the Immersion Giveaway Contest, visit: www.writersbootcamp.com/company_info/immersioncontest.asp.
TV/Film Seminars & Workshops presents
Power Directing & 2-Day Film School
successful screenwriters are not just screenwriters, they're also
filmmakers and directors: Peter Jackson, Mel Gibson, Clint Eastwood,
Tim Burton and many others. Dov Simens' 2-Day Film School and
Jeremiah Comey's Power Directing are two of the most respected
and highly attended classes in the industry teaching the fundamentals
filmmaking and directing. For details and upcoming classes, please visit:
Jeremiah Comey's Power Directing
Dov Simens' 2-Day Film School