Posts tagged ‘Los Angeles’

October 17, 2011

Recommendation: Where to Write in LA

*Note: Sites and services that I choose to recommend do not compensate me for my recommendation. These are simply resources that I have found helpful.*

I recently discovered OpenWiFiSpots.com and have fallen in love with it. I know some writers prefer to be away from the internet when they work, but for those screenwriters who like to be able to check facts, research locations, or just take a break and check their email, this website is invaluable.

OpenWiFiSpots.com has complete listings of coffee shops, restaurants, libraries, and all sorts of other public locations that have free wifi readily available throughout the Los Angeles area.

Look for wifi hotspots within specific neighborhoods or specific types of locations. This is an amazing resource for finding your new favorite writing spot. Plus, if you’re not LA-based, the site has listings for a number of other major US cities.

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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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April 27, 2011

Pitchfests: Are They Worth It?

This is a question that I don’t have an aswer to. And I am genuinely interested in the answer. The Great American Pitchfest is coming up in Los Angeles, and everything I’ve read says its the best of the best when it comes to pitchfests, but I’ve also read that all pitchfests are scams.

Frankly I don’t know where the truth is, and I would love some insight.

One great thing about the Great American Pitchfest is that the day before is filled with FREE classes that can be attended by anyone who registers in advance. I plan to attend some of these classes, both to learn about pitching and to hopefully meet some fellow writers.

I’ve never actually pitched a script to anyone who could do something about it, and I dread the experience. I look forward to the chance to learn a bit more about the art of pitching and hopefully take away some of the fears I associate with it.

The Pitchfest itself, on the otherhand, is an opportunity to meet dozens of producers and agents and to give them your pitch. The question is, are these 12-20 conversations worth the minimum $250 fee to get in?

If you’ve attended this or another pitchfest before, please share your experience! I’m dying to learn more, and I’m sure others are as well.