11. Writers' Resources
The following listings are a compilation of events in the area.
They are enumerated for you, the writer, and may be to your benefit.
Free Teleseminar: 21 Powerful Rewrite Strategies*
"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 amateur feel
- 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:
In's 13th Annual Hollywood Filmmakers Conference & Power-Pitchfest
May 20 & 21, 2006
Sheraton Universal Hotel, N. Hollywood, CA
- LEARN: Pitch Class sessions with A-list filmmakers.
- SUBMIT: Agency Submissions (ICM, William Morris, UTA, Endeavor and others)
- PITCH: Over 70 prominent production companies, studios and agencies
to meet with (including Paramount, Universal, New Line, William Morris,
HBO and many many more)
- NETWORK: Catered Networking Reception
Fade In conferences are limited to 175 attendees and do sell out. #1
Pitch event with the most sales and options and agency signings.
Mention Final Draft and receive $25 off!
Phone: 310-275-0287 or 800-646-3896
The UCLA Extension Writers' Program
The UCLA Extension Writers' Program offers certificates in Feature
Film Writing and Television Writing for results-oriented screenwriting
students interested in writing 1-3 feature film scripts or 2-3 television
scripts. As the largest and most comprehensive continuing education
writing program in the United States, offering more than 200 on-site and
online film and television writing courses annually, the Writers'
Program develops a deep knowledge of craft and the writing process.
Certificate students receive ongoing professional evaluation and are eligible
for perks such as complimentary one-day courses and a full-scale script
For more information about the Writers' Program,
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Ben Younger, Writer & Director for Boiler Room and Prime
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Deadline is March 31, 2006
FIND Screenwriters Lab*
Film Independent is now accepting submissions for its annual
Screenwriters Lab that will take place in Los Angeles July and
August 2006. The deadline for submissions is April 10
Film Independent's Screenwriters Lab is an intensive and very
selective seven-week program in which participants develop their
feature length scripts. For consideration, each applicant must submit
a complete feature length screenplay that they would like to develop during
For an application or more information,
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Use promotional code FD10 to get 10% off your entire
Action/Cut Filmmaking Seminar*
Ignite your career with the most creative and visual filmmaking
seminar in the film industry.
Chicago: March 18 & 19
Las Vegas: March 25 & 26
New York: April 1 & 2
Ft. Lauderdale: April 8 & 9
An essential seminar for filmmakers and screenwriters from networking
to visual writing!
In two days, gain first-hand career knowledge from a working director/writer/producer
with an audio-visual scene studies workshop that teaches the skills to
take your project from page to shoot to finished film.
Seminar Director: Guy Magar - International film instructor & contracted
to Miramax Films.
Professional credits include over 60 feature films and television network
"Excellent…the complete process…don't miss
Home of the Action/Cut Short Film Competition: Call For Entries: January
15 to May 15.
For a brochure and registration
Gus Van Sant, David Byrne, Neil Burger Contribute
to Zoetrope: All-Story's Spring Issue*
The Spring issue of Francis Coppola's National Magazine Award-winning
story and art quarterly, Zoetrope: All-Story, is now on newsstands.
Contributors include filmmakers Gus Van Sant (a new short story about
gay actors playing straight cowboys) and Neil Burger (an essay on the
director's role as illusionist, in anticipation of his new film, The
Illusionist, starring Ed Norton and Paul Giamatti), musician David
Byrne, Pulitzer Prize®-winner Steven Millhauser and Daniel Handler
(aka, Lemony Snicket).
Registered Final Draft users are eligible for an exclusive discount of
30% off any subscription discount code 5FDH. Single issues
are also available at the website.
STORY Audio CD By Robert McKee - Available
at The Writers Store*
is a must-read (or must-listen-to!) for writers of all genres. Robert
McKee is a world-class lecturer and coach to writers, able to impart his
wisdom clearly and simply. Narrating the audio himself, he clarifies such
intricacies as the difference between form and formula, as well as principles
versus rules. What was once available only in his seminars and classrooms
can now be listened to wherever and whenever you want. After listening
to STORY, you won't be able to escape McKee's enthusiasm
for the craft – it's contagious and will force you to create.
Order Today and Save 15%. Offer Expires 3/31/06.
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HOLLYWOOD DEVELOPMENT COMBO - $79.95* ($104.90 value)
With The Hollywood Development Combo, writers can learn who is
acquiring projects, find out what type of projects are getting developed
and stay informed on the key buyers around town.
- Hollywood Creative Directory, 56th Edition --- Producers and
studio & network executives, plus TV shows & staff.
- The Studio Report: Film Development, Premiere Edition --- A
complete breakdown of film development project tracking from the previous
four months. It's the first film directory series of its kind, in
print for the first time.
Order the HOLLYWOOD DEVELOPMENT COMBO to get the competitive edge that
will move your project forward. Discount code: FINALDRAFT0306.
Offer good through March 31, 2006.
Gotham Writers' Workshop - Spring Workshops Begin
HOW TO SELL YOUR SCREENPLAY
Industry insider David Title teaches techniques for finding success
in selling your screenplay. This four-week, online seminar begins March
"This course has helped me to create a terrific marketing
plan for my overall career, and individual target plans for each individual
screenplay. This course is an absolute necessity for anyone wanting to
go from writing for a hobby to writing for a living." - A.
SAVE ON ACCLAIMED ONLINE SCREENWRITING WORKSHOPS
The professional screenwriters of New York's renowned Gotham Writers'
Workshop offer comprehensive 10-week classes in basic and advanced screenwriting that
were selected "Best Classes for Screenwriters" by MovieMaker
magazine. Registered Final Draft users can save $50 off
the full tuition of your first 10-week workshop. New session begin
in March and April. Mention promotion code FD50 when
registering to receive the discount.
To learn more:
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