Archive for ‘Events’

September 12, 2013

Challenge Yourself to Write Every Day with the Fall Goalpost

Fall-Goalpost-Slider1-590x343The BlueCat Screenplay Competition is putting on a little challenge for screenwriters: write at least three pages a day for thirty days, starting on Monday, September 16. If you follow through with the challenge, by the end of thirty days you should have the rough draft of your next script in hand.

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May 20, 2013

Event: The Great American Pitchfest

gapIf you’re looking for something to do in two weeks, you can’t overlook The Great American Pitchfest.

But I’m not talking about the Pitchfest itself. Personally, I’ve never done the pitching portion of the conference. I’ve been told that it is a good way to practice pitching to professionals, but you can also practice on your friends and save several hundred dollars. Some people swear by pitchfests, but I feel like there are probably more effective ways to invest in your screenwriting career.

That said, if you’re in the area (or anywhere within a hundred miles) you have to register and show up for the Free Classes.

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June 1, 2012

Free Screenwriting Classes Tomorrow at GAPF

Don’t have plans tomorrow? You do now.

The Great American Pitchfest is happening this weekend in Burbank. Screenwriters from all around the country come to LA for this event which provides the opportunity to pitch scripts to producers, agents, and managers who are all looking for new material.

I’ve personally never participated in the pitchfest portion of the conference on Sunday — the part in which you pay lots of money to spend two minutes trying to get some bored exec to buy your script. The cost/benefit ratio has never made enough enough sense to me to invest, though apparently people get new representation or sell a script every year.

The part of this conference that is exciting to me is Saturday — a full day of free classes on writing technique, pitching methods, and networking. I attended this free day last year and came away with some valuable insights as well as a few new contacts.

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May 3, 2011

More Screenwriting Events in LA

It seems that May is the month for screenwriter gatherings.

The International Screenwriter’s Association is hosting a free “mini-camp” on Tuesday, May 17 from 7:30-9:30pm in Santa Monica. The session is entitled “The Two Levels of Rewriting.”

Here’s what the invitation says:

After pouring dozens of hours of ideas and sweat into your first draft … no one likes it. It’s confusing, it’s incomplete, it’s not special. You have to admit … even you don’t like it.

Part of that is because it’s a first draft. But part of that is because there are so many common first draft problems that writers without training and education make over and over again. But with Tools and an understanding of the full development process and the work ahead, you can shorten your re-writing and create an effective early draft.

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