Author Archive

FRIDAY NIGHT SOCIAL – MARCH 3, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at THE CRESCENT HOTEL IN BEVERLY HILLS

by on Feb.10, 2017, under events, Featured

Friday Night Social Event ~ March 3, 2017 ~ NEW LOCATION

Event Date: Friday, March 3, 2017 || Starts at 6:30 pm  || Co-sponsoring with Jennifer Grisanti

Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another and has evolved into so much more. This is a great way to “Network”. Plan on meeting people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry.  

 

IMPORTANT:

Please REGISTER before 10:00 pm on Thursday, March 2, 2017. 

register_button

 

This month’s Friday Night Social is being held at the CRESCENT HOTEL, in the Lounge area (inside and outside), in Beverly Hills.   Please join Jennifer Grisanti and SWN at this location for this month’s Friday Night Social “Networking” event.

 

Warm, approachable and sincere service is what we are about. We like our work and we love our hotel: Our guests often tell us that it feels like a happy family and we couldn’t agree more. As a true home away from home, the true spirit of hospitality lives on at The Crescent Hotel.

The Crescent Hotel is a wonderful setting for gatherings big & small both social & professional. Described as a “jetsetter’s villa” (t+l magazine), the Crescent Hotel, established in 1927, is an historic art deco space with artistic décor and an inviting staff.

Join us at the CRESCENT HOTEL.

Below: Photos from February 2017 event:

 

9850

9846

9850

9854

9855

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Event starts at 6:30 pm – Ends at 9:30 pm

 

NEW LOCATION:

The Crescent Hotel  

403 North Crescent Drive 

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Phone # 310-247-0505

 

DIRECTIONS:

Directions from the 405 Freeway ~ 3.2 miles:

  • Go east on Santa Monica Boulevard
  • Turn right onto North Crescent Drive
  • Hotel on the right side – you have arrived.

PARKING:

Valet parking is $10.00

Parking garage across the street is $6.00

 

ADMISSION:

FREE to attend.  Pay for your own food, cocktails & parking.

**Check in with us at the entrance to receive your name tags for networking.

**Happy hour food prices will be provided for our Networking Group!  Some food will be provided.

Happy Networking!

Leave a Comment more...

CHANGE YOUR STORY, CHANGE YOUR LIFE SCREENWRITING AND YOGA RETREAT IN NICARAGUA – MAY 22 – MAY 28, 2017

by on Feb.03, 2017, under events, Featured

Alta is teaming up with Screencraft to bring you an intensive screenwriting and yoga retreat in Nicaragua! Join fellow writers and yoga enthusiasts for a 6-day intimate experience that delves into the craft of screenwriting and creative writing. Increase clarity, focus and inspiration to support your creative potential through optional daily yoga and meditation sessions.

Jen Grisanti—former studio executive, acclaimed story consultant, and writing instructor for NBC’s Writers on the Verge—leads us through an exceptional writing workshop. In the morning, instructional classes on valuable story tools and a system of story hones your unique voice as a writer along with the voices of your characters. Afternoons include writing workshops, excursions and free writing time. Whether you’re looking for creative inspiration or seeking completion of your novel, TV pilot or feature screenplay, this retreat will take your writing to the next level!

Jake Paul White, yoga instructor and design expert, leads us through twice daily optional yoga sessions and meditations. All yoga experience levels are welcome! The practice of yoga opens your body and mind to deeper learning, providing you with opportunities to unlock your full creative potential and achieve personal growth. Jake also leads additional discussions on topics including branding yourself and breaking into creative industries.

Life comes in many shades, both positive and negative. Writing explores life in both its light and dark experiences, together forming the hero’s journey. This is the journey you are about to embrace—identifying your voice and message and writing from a place of emotional truth. You will go through a system of story that has led many of Jen’s clients to sell their stories and become working writers in Hollywood and beyond. There is so much to learn from story tools in fiction that you can apply to your life and your own personal narrative. Writing is healing. When you do the emotional work, your story evolves.

This pristine jungle paradise on the Emerald Coast is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and break away from typical distractions that hinder your growth. Sources for inspiration include surfing, kayaking, horseback riding and jungle trekking. This retreat is a unique opportunity to gain a fresh perspective and get to know other inspiring, talented writers. You will leave feeling revived, with the tools necessary to access your full potential as a creator and achieve success in your writing career.

Instructors

Jen Grisanti

Writing instructor, story consultant and author 

jengrisanti.com

Jen is an international speaker, acclaimed story/career consultant at Jen Grisanti Consultancy Inc., writing instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC, a former 12-year studio executive, including VP of Current Programming at CBS/Paramount, blogger for The Huffington Post and author of the books, Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story and TV Writing Tool Kit: How To Write a Script That Sells and her new book, Change Your Story, Change Your Life: A Path To Your Success. In 2008, Jen launched a highly successful consulting firm dedicated to helping talented writers break into the industry. Jen has worked with over 800 writers specializing in television, features and novels.  Due to her expertise and mentorship, seventy-five of her writers have been staffed on television shows and forty have sold pilots, five that that went to series. She has taught classes, led workshops and served on panels at some of the world’s most prestigious screenwriting conferences. Jen will be available for one-on-one story consultations at an additional cost.

Follow Jen on Instagram: @jengrisanti

Jake Paul White

Yoga instructor and designer

jpwyoga.com

Jake is a UK based yoga instructor and designer who has been studying the art of movement for over 10 years. With over 1000 hours of trainings in yoga, Budokon yoga and Acroyoga under his belt, his motivation to share, teach and give is completely clear. Jake builds his classes on two principles: balance and creativity. He believes that balance and unification between the mind and body are key components to any class, while creativity allows for the freedom of self-expression. Jake is also highly trained in alignment and adjustments to make any student—from beginners to experts—feel safe and comfortable. His classes aim to inspire and challenge you, allowing you to become more self-aware, as well as more powerful. From the physical pose to the non-physical mind, this is where the journey lies. Jake has taught at retreats and yoga festivals around the world, in addition to teaching regular classes at London’s popular Another_Space Studio. When not on his mat, Jake does branding and design work for some of the most influential yogis and yoga brands—including Alta Retreats!

Follow Jake on Instagram: @jake_paul_white

“Jen Grisanti gave me the tools to mine my own experiences and translate them into any genre. She has a rare expertise in crafting story with both emotional depth and efficient structure… And what’s more, she’s an ace at teaching others how to do it.”

– Gina Montreal, Co-Executive Producer at NCIS
Leave a Comment more...

by on Feb.03, 2017, under events

Sign Up Now


Looking for student discount? Apply here.

– or –

$299.00
TOTAL PRICE:
Overlay Icon

Share with friends:

Questions?

If you have a generic question about Stage 32 conferences feel free to contact support with any inquiries you might have.
A 2-day educational global online event!
$299
Starts in:

50days0hrs40mins19secs

Stage 32’s 1st Annual Online Screenwriting Conference

No planes. No hotels. No expenses. No new wardrobe. No outrageous badge prices.

Just you, your computer and your willingness to learn.

This is 2 days and 16 hours of the most up to date and actionable information designed to help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of screenwriting from structure to navigating your writing career!

 

Stage 32, the leaders in online education for film creatives, is proud to present our First Annual Online Screenwriting Conference. Our First Annual Online Screenwriting Conference is not only incredibly affordable, but can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home.

Over the course of 2 days, over a dozen of the world’s leading voices in screenwriting & television writing, development, pitching, contracts, managers and more who will provide you with the most timely and pertinent information to help you get you and your writing projects on the right track!

In addition, unlike other conferences, our panelists are ALL currently active in the industry. You will be learning from those putting together projects right now. Our speakers hail from top production companies, management companies, and additionally include happily employed writers.

This conference will be LIVE and completely interactive. You will be able to ask questions and interact with the speakers and panelists no matter where you are in the world!

 

“Stage 32 is LinkedIn meets Lynda for film and television creatives.”

Forbes Magazine

 

The 2017 Stage 32 Screenwriting Conference takes place online on Saturday, March 25, 2017 and Sunday, March 26, 2017

Whereas other screenwriting conferences charge anywhere from $300 to $500 just for a badge (not counting travel expenses!), the 1st Annual Stage 32 Screenwriting Conference is only $299 for the entire 2 day event and $199 for Students*.

 

*Student Price: To order Student Price registration, you must provide one the following:

  • Photo Copy of Valid Student I.D.
  • Copy of current school class schedule

E-mail your materials to sadie@stage32.com to receive Student Price registration discount code.

 

If you are serious about taking your screenwriting career to the next level in 2017, you won’t want to miss this event!

 


 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

 

Screenwriting Conference Schedule

DAY 1: SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017

 

  • 9:15am – 9:45am 

OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Meg LeFauve

Meg LeFauve was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for co-writing the script for Pixar’s Inside Out. She was nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards in 1999 for producing The Baby Dance. She also produced the 2002 film The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys. She also wrote the script for The Good Dinosaur (and also co-wrote the story). LeFauve is currently writing the script for the live-action Captain Marvel movie alongside Nicole Perlman and is attached to co-direct Disney’s Gigantic.

 

  • 10am – 11:30am

Screenwriting Structure Rules – Save or Shoot the Cat?

Over the past few years, due to the rise of a number of popular screenwriting “How to” books, writers have been trained to structure their screenplays in a paint by number fashion. Your inciting incident happens here. Your first act break must happen on a certain page. Flashbacks are taboo. Voiceover is worse. What’s the real deal? What is truly a deal breaker for a manager, agent, development exec, producer or anyone else you’re targeting with your material? Aren’t rules made to be broken? Our esteemed panel will tell you what’s tolerable and what’s taboo in today’s marketplace.

Moderator: Heather Hale

Panelists: Wes Ambrecht, Rachel Crouch

 

  • 11:45am – 12:45pm

 

Every Act Has A Pitfall

Ask three writers which act proves the most difficult for them and you very well may get three different answers. That’s because nothing about a screenplay is easy. Get your 1st act off to a slow start and you may lose your reader before the 1st act break. Wander too far in your 2nd, so-called Fun and Games Act, and you could obliterate your narrative. And even if you nail Acts I & II, closing the deal requires a balancing act of finesse and prowess. Fortunately, many of these pitfalls are not only common, they’re easy to avoid. We’ll take you through the jungle of all three Acts and get you to safe passage.

Speaker: Jason Mirch

 

  • 1pm – 2pm Break

 

  • 2pm – 3:30pm

Writing Compelling Characters

All writers obsess over their main character. They hear him or her speaking to them from the moment they wake up to the moment they fall asleep, and sometimes even in their dreams. But what makes a character compelling? What makes an audience want to follow that character? As important, writers spend so much time on their main character, they forget about their secondary characters, allowing them to fall into caricature. Why do some characters work in outline and fail on the page? Why do so many writers struggle with secondary character? This panel will explore ways to make your characters pull the reader along for a page turning ride.

Moderator: Kelly Jo Brick

Panelists: Sarah Cornelius, David Paterson

 

  • 3:45pm – 5:15pm

Selling TV Scripts in a New World – Writing a Hit Amazon, Netflix, Hulu or Cable Show

It’s no secret that there are more television scripts being purchased now than at any time in history. More and more feature writers are looking to cash in on the gold rush happening in paid TV and streaming. And with over 500 original shows planned for 2017 (and those are only the ones making it to air!), who can blame them? But it’s not enough to have an original idea. You must understand what goes into writing a hit TV show in this new world of the “golden age” of TV.

Moderator: TBD

Panelists: Daniel Kendrick, Joaquin F. Palma

 

  • 5:30pm – 6:30pm

The New Revolution: Writing the TV Pilot That Gets YOU In The Room

Why do I care?
What am I dying to know?
Who or what is in the way?
In this class, we will discuss templates for pilots that are outside the box and how they address these questions.
Why do I care? – The answer to this has to do with the set up of the personal dilemma of the central character as it is linked to the pilot pursuit.
What am I dying to know? The answer to this has to do with the set up of your season arc and your pilot arc.
Who or what is in the way? Do you have a compelling antagonist? What flaws cause your central character to get in the way of their pursuit? Did you set up strong stakes?
The shows that Jen Grisanti will discuss include – ATLANTA/FX, NIGHT MANAGER/AMC and RIVER/Netflix.

Speaker: Jen Grisanti

 

DAY 2: SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017

 

  • 9:15am-10:15am

Got Story? Pitch Like a Pro!

Pitching. Some love it, some hate it. All must know how to do it. Whether it’s an elevator pitch, a 30-60 second pitch, a 5, 10 or 30 minute pitch or a general meeting lunch, you have to know how to pitch your idea from McNugget to full world. Similarly, you have to know who you are pitching. What they are looking for? What projects have they done in the past? Pitching is not only an art, it’s about knowledge – knowledge of you, your brand, your story, the story of your script and the story of the person or people you to whom you are pitching. Scary? Nah. We got you covered.

Speaker: TBD

 

  • 10:30am-12:00pm

Getting Legal – What You Should Know Before You Dot the “I’s” and cross the “T’s”

Copyrights, securing intellectual property, writing someone’s life story without rights, stories that are public domain, option agreements, purchase agreements, exclusive rights agreements. These are just some of the legal issues you’ll face as a writer. But not every move you make requires an attorney. And not every offer you receive might be the best move for your career. This panel will demystify some of the most common questions and conundrums you’ll face as writer in an effort to assure that you protect yourself, your career, and your work.

Moderator: TBD

Panelists: Jordan Barel, Jaia Thomas, Catherine Keithley

 

  • 1:15pm – 2:45pm

How to Get Your Foot in the Door: Networking, Etiquette & Branding Yourself as a Writer

Many writers believe that their only job is to write. Wrong. A thousand times, wrong. In today’s competitive climate, writers need to be more visible than ever. This means creating an online persona, treating networking as a job, and conducting yourself in a way that makes people want to help, champion or work with you. If you are serious about becoming a successful writer, networking, proper etiquette (online and offline) and branding are to be ignored at your own peril. And no one likes peril. Allow our expert panelists to guide you toward success in these growing areas of importance.

Moderator: TBD

Panelists: Lee Jessup, Kelly Jo Brick, Tiegen Kosiak

 

  • 3pm-4:30pm

What’s Happening in the Market Now – The Manager/Writer Relationship in 2017

You found representation, now what? What meetings do you take? Will you get staffed on a show? What percentage do you cut to your manager when you sell your script? In this industry panel, you’ll learn the in’s-and-out’s of what you as a writer need to bring to the table on a daily basis to your manager and in turn, what your manager should be doing for you in return, in order for you to succeed.

Moderator: TBD

Panelists: Tyler Ruggeri, Conrad Sun, Seth Jaret

 

  • 4:45pm – 6:15pm 

Do you have what it takes to survive the Stage 32 Pitch Tank? We’re bringing in 4 judges – a manager, an agent, a producer and a development executive to listen LIVE to up to 5 screenwriter’s pitches. All conference attendees are invited to join! Watch and learn from each of the panelists perspectives what makes a good pitch. Are you ready to pitch? Bring it on during the Stage 32 PITCH TANK!

THE TANK JUDGES

Daniel Vang, Manager, Good Fear Film + Management

Sarah Cornelius, Creative Development & Production Executive, Whitewater Films

Bradley Gallo, Producer, Amasia Entertainment

Leave a Comment more...

CREATING A TV PILOT THAT GOES OUTSIDE THE BOX WEBINAR – APRIL 13, 2017

by on Feb.03, 2017, under events

Creating a TV Pilot That Goes Outside the Box

At a Glance

  • During this webinar, you will learn the story tools that it takes to write a pilot that sells.
  • Jen will illustrate through the discussion of current shows how to create compelling season arcs that will emotionally connect with your audience.
  • Discover how to write a pilot that will get your recognized.

Please note: Each registration comes with access to the recorded version of the program and the materials for one year. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation.

ABOUT THE WEBINAR

Want to know how to write a pilot that sells? In this course, Jen Grisanti will go over how to create compelling concepts with strong series arcs that go outside the box. When the series arc is linked to the wound, you set up an emotional reason for your audience to return.

Shows that reveal the arc of the wound throughout the first season are shows that connect with the audience. You do this by understanding the wound that happens off camera. You connect this wound to the series trigger and dilemma. The series trigger and dilemma should split open this wound. This creates a negative narrative and flaw that causes the central character to get in her/his own way of success. The pilot arc should be one step toward healing the wound.

The success of a series all comes down to the set up of the structure and character in the pilot episode. When we understand why the character wants what they want, you create anticipation for the season as well as the episode.

Jen believes that the key to strong story all comes down to character, structure and conflict. She will go over shows that are outside the box conceptually and have very compelling series arcs.

She will cover shows including – MARCELLA/Netflix, RIVER/Netflix, HAPPY VALLEY/Netflix and FLEABAG/Amazon.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How do set up a strong season arc.
  • How to create a compelling character with a personal dilemma.
  • How to link your series arc and your pilot arc.
  • How to create anticipation through the arc of the wound.
  • How to resolve the pilot pursuit and set up the series.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Writers who are writing TV pilots.
  • Writers who want to understand more about how to take their story to a deeper place.
  • Writers who want to know how to better connect with their audience on an emotional level.
  • Writers who have great ideas but don’t know how to execute them.
  • Writers that want to sell their pilots.

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?

All you need is a computer or iOS device, and an internet connection. You’ll be able to view the presentation and listen to the audio over computer speakers; however, you’ll enjoy much better audio quality if you use a telephone. See below for complete system requirements.

To test your connection before the live webinar, visit this web page.

BONUS: With purchase of this webinar, you will receive $79.99 off of a yearly subscription to the Screenwriting Tutorials website, which has specialized tutorials from experts that explore screenwriting topics covered nowhere else on the web!

Product Details

Meet the Author: Jen Grisanti

International speaker Jen Grisanti is an acclaimed Story/Career Consultant at Jen Grisanti Consultancy Inc., Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC, a former 12-year studio executive, including VP of Current Programming at CBS/Paramount, blogger for The Huffington Post and author of the books, Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story and TV Writing Tool Kit: How To Write a Script That Sells and her new book, Change Your Story, Change Your Life: A Path To Your Success.

Grisanti started her career in 1992 as an assistant to Aaron Spelling, who served as her mentor for 12 years, and she quickly climbed the ranks and eventually ra…

REGISTER HERE

 

Leave a Comment more...

Friday Night Social – Friday February 3, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. NEW LOCATION – Crescent Hotel Lounge

by on Jan.16, 2017, under events, Featured

Friday Night Social Event ~ February 3, 2017 ~ NEW LOCATION

Event Date: Friday, February 3, 2017 || Starts at 6:30 pm  || Co-sponsoring with Jennifer Grisanti

Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another and has evolved into so much more. This is a great way to “Network”. Plan on meeting people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry.  

IMPORTANT:

Please REGISTER before 10:00 pm on Thursday, February 2, 2017. 

register_button

 

This month’s Friday Night Social is being held at the CRESCENT HOTEL Lounge area in Beverly Hills.   Please join Jennifer Grisanti and SWN at this location for this month’s Friday Night Social “Networking” event.

Warm, approachable and sincere service is what we are about. We like our work and we love our hotel: Our guests often tell us that it feels like a happy family and we couldn’t agree more. As a true home away from home, the true spirit of hospitality lives on at The Crescent Hotel.

The Crescent Hotel Lounge is a wonderful setting for gatherings big & small both social & professional. Described as a “jetsetter’s villa” (t+l magazine), the Crescent Hotel, established in 1927, is an historic art deco space with artistic décor and an inviting staff.

Join us at the CRESCENT HOTEL Lounge:

 ****************

Below: Photos from previous events:

FN1

FN3

FN4

FN5


 

Event starts at 6:30 pm – Ends at 9:30 pm

 

NEW LOCATION:

The Crescent Hotel  

403 North Crescent Drive 

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Phone # 310-247-0505

 

DIRECTIONS:

Directions from the 405 Freeway ~ 3.2 miles:

  • Go east on Santa Monica Boulevard
  • Turn right onto North Crescent Drive

PARKING:

Valet parking is $10.00.

 

ADMISSION:

FREE to attend.  Pay for your own food, cocktails & parking.

**Check in with us at the entrance to receive your name tags for networking.

**Happy hour food prices will be provided for our Networking Group!  Some food will be provided.

Happy Networking!

Twitter Instagram Tumblr Pinterest Meetup Facebook Email

Leave a Comment more...

WHEN STORY GIVES SERVICE

by on Nov.22, 2016, under Motivation, Personal tips

When story gives true service, it takes us to a new level of consciousness and enlightenment and makes us feel very deeply. I have a hunger for this type of story. I am always on a quest for it. Take me inside a world from an angle that I haven’t experienced and make me feel like I am living in the worldview of the character/characters. This is what I discovered while watching the new Netflix show, The Crown.

Many of us in the entertainment community have recently gone through a shift or what many believe to be an “all is lost” moment. The best way to move through this type of experience is to express, heal and feel. Story is the place to do this. When story serves, it’s as if it understands what we are going through and it delivers it to us in a way that helps us to forget our own problems and buy into the world of imagination of another time and place. Oddly, this world has very strong parallels with what we just experienced with one meteoric rise to power.

The Crown took me into a world and made me feel like I was living it through the eyes of Queen Elizabeth and Winston Churchill. This is such a significant relationship in our history. To see it brought to life and delved into in a major way is absolutely spellbinding. Peter Morgan wrote this. He is a pure genius. He takes us into several different angles of relationship dynamics that ground and enthrall the viewer with this moment in time.

It starts with the King’s illness and the building of a beautiful relationship between him and his daughter, Elizabeth. We see how Elizabeth is being groomed but there is no warning at how quickly it will all happen. We feel what the King is going through. There is a moment when Elizabeth’s daughter gives him a King’s crown for a gift at the Christmas party at a time when he knows he’s sick. He reaches down for her hand as he gets choked up. I love these little moments that have so much emotion and meaning.

With Winston and Queen Elizabeth, we see how they need one another in their monumental roles. We feel their friendship and their loyalty. We feel the depth of the betrayal when Winston fails to tell Queen Elizabeth about his health and thus causes significant danger to her part in leading the nation. We feel the pain of letting go of a time that once was. We connect with what it is to have to let the younger generation take the reigns.

When I started working for Aaron Spelling, he was 69 and I was 24. He was bigger than life in my eyes. So, I could completely connect with this relationship dynamic and the understanding and admiration of an icon.

One of the many, many things that I love about this series is Morton’s exploration into the title versus the person. This was one of the major conflicts that Queen Elizabeth faced. It is very relevant today with career versus home life. However, in this time, the title had to take precedence over everything. The role of wife, mother, sister and daughter had to be secondary. Watching Queen Elizabeth have to embrace and transform into this at such a young age is astounding.

With Philip, we feel her struggle with her deep love for her new husband and her responsibility for the nation. We feel what he has to sacrifice in order to be a part of this relationship. We see how their marital bond is constantly tested by the title versus the person. It was also fascinating to know that this marriage was not supported from the beginning. Yet, there is such a poignant moment between The King and Philip when they go hunting in the pilot. The King helps Philip to see that there is no lesser role and nothing more patriotic than what he has to do with loving and protecting her.

Another relationship dynamic that moved me was the bond between the Queen and her two daughters. I never considered that when the King died, she was stripped of everything and her daughters took over. To have to see her face the death of her spouse and then go through so much loss really made us feel her pain.

I also loved the story arc where there was a promise made between the two sisters and their father. This promise is later put to the test when it is discovered that there is no way that the promise can be honored in light of the position and the responsibility. This is when we see and feel the true conflict for Queen Elizabeth and what she had to go through to maintain the role while not letting the intimate relationships in her family unravel.

For me, this is definitely one of the best first seasons that I’ve seen of any series in my 24 years of story. It filled my spirit because the writer, the director, the cast and the crew fulfilled their service to story at the highest level at a time when we need it the most.

Leave a Comment more...

2017 STORYWISE TV SPEC & PILOT TELESEMINAR – BEGINS MARCH 7, 2017

by on Nov.17, 2016, under events, Featured

This is a 10-week program designed to help you write a high quality TV pilot AND spec script. In 10-weeks, I will teach you how to learn to write at a level that will help lead your script to a sale, get staffed on a show, place in a writing competition or get into one of the various writing programs. This course is everything that I teach in Writers on the Verge and more.

Last year we had over 100 writer participants from all over the world. You will not only learn all of the story tools that you need to succeed, you will gain the opportunity to be in a private community of writers. This community is a very valuable resource. You all will have the opportunity to learn from one another via networking, exchanging scripts and possibly starting your own writer groups.

I’ve seen the success from this course first-hand. Many of the writers who have taken this 10-week course have gone on to sell pilots, get staffed on TV shows and get into several of the prestigious writing programs. Forty-One of my writers have sold pilots… and 5 of them have gone to series.

Each class will consist of a half-hour of instruction (you will receive these videos before each class to watch at your leisure.) Each call is approximately 2 – 2 ½ hours in length. On each call, we will go over the notes for the 4 writers participating at Level #3 and I will choose one writer from Level 2 or Level 4 each week to participate. You will have an opportunity to read their scripts and make your own notes each week. You will also get to share your notes with those writers directly. This is what we do in Writers on the Verge. It is a way to prepare you for being in the Writers’ Room. Then, five people that sign up each week will get an opportunity to pitch to a guest speaker. We all learn from hearing others pitch. This part of the program was designed to help you learn from the pitching style of others as well as give you the opportunity to pitch yourself. It’s an invaluable tool. Every level will have an opportunity to sign up for this.

LEVEL 1

At Level 1, you get to participate in all 10 classes. You will receive a recording of the classes. You will have an opportunity to sign up to pitch to my weekly guest speakers. You get to be part of a private Facebook community. You will also get to turn in a 1-2 page pitch document on your TV spec and TV pilot script. You will receive written feedback. You have up to a year after the course is finished to turn this in.

Regular rate – $375.00

imagebuynow2015-01-28_1149

Rate for writers who have taken this before – $225.00

imagebuynow2015-01-28_1149

 

LEVEL 2

At Level 2, you get to participate in all 10 classes. You will receive a recording of the classes. You will have an opportunity to sign up to pitch to my weekly guest speakers. You get to be part of a private Facebook community. This level also includes a one-on-one consult for your TV spec and/or TV Pilot script.

Level 2 w/ TV Pilot Consult

Regular Rate – $1,050.00

imagebuynow2015-01-28_1149

For Alumni of my Storywise Teleseminar – $900.00

imagebuynow2015-01-28_1149

 

Level 2 w/ TV Spec Consult

Regular Rate – $875.00

imagebuynow2015-01-28_1149

 

For Alumni of my Storywise Teleseminar – $775.00

imagebuynow2015-01-28_1149

 

Level 2 w/ TV Pilot and Spec Consult

Regular Rate – $1,600.00

imagebuynow2015-01-28_1149

 

For Alumni of my Storywise Teleseminar – $1,275.00

imagebuynow2015-01-28_1149

 

LEVEL 3

At Level 3, you will receive feedback every week on your TV spec and/or TV pilot script. This includes written and verbal feedback. You will receive a recording of the classes. You will have an opportunity to sign up to pitch to my weekly guest speakers. You get to be part of a private Facebook community.

For the first time, I am going to offer you the option of not writing a TV spec. You can either write one TV pilot during the 10 weeks or you can write 2 TV pilots during the 10 weeks.

There are only 4 SLOTS for this level: two for drama and two for comedy. If you are interested in applying, you will need to submit 10 pages of a script. I will select 4 submissions out of everyone that submits and announce these slots in February. The rate for Level 3 is $3,000.00.

The DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS is February 13, 2017.

LEVEL 4

Level 4 is SOLD OUT.

 

ASSIGNMENTS

The Level #3 writing assignments will be due the Saturday before each class. Everyone at each level will receive a copy of the assignments turned in by the Level #3 writers so that they may follow along as well as provide notes directly to the Level#3 writer.

Levels #1 and #2, you will do the assignments on your own. No direct feedback is provided; however, this is where you can use the Facebook community of writers to exchange scripts weekly and get feedback.

GUEST SPEAKERS

Brandon Sonnier and Brandon Margolis (THE BLACKLIST) – Guest Speaker Week 1

Rick Muirragui (SUITS) – Guest Speaker Week 2

Dee Harris Lawrence (ZOO, CHICAGO PD, ZERO HOUR, 10-8) – Week 3

Dan O’Shannon (MODERN FAMILY, FRASIER, CHEERS, etc.) – Week 4

Brian Anthony (THE NIGHT SHIFT, CONSTANTINE, IRONSIDE, ARMY WIVES)

Ali LeRoi (SURVIVOR’S REMORSE, ARE WE THERE YET? EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS) – Week 8

Lee Jessup – Career Consultant For Writers

RB Botto – Founder and CEO of Stage 32

More guest speakers TBD

SCHEDULE

Week 1 – Tuesday March 7, 2017

We will go over the notes for the concepts of the spec scripts for Level #3.

Week 2, Tuesday March 14, 2017

We will go over the notes for the outline of the spec scripts for Level #3.

Week 3, Tuesday March 21, 2017

We will go over the notes for the first draft of the spec scripts for Level #3.

WEEK 4, Tuesday, March 28, 2017

We will go over the notes for the second draft of the spec scripts for Level #3.

WEEK 5, Tuesday, April 4, 2017

We will go over the notes for the third draft of the spec scripts for Level #3.

WEEK 6, Tuesday, April 11, 2017

We will go over the notes for the concepts for the pilot scripts for Level #3.

  • EASTER BREAK THE WEEK OF 4/16/17

WEEK 7, Tuesday April 25, 2017

We will go over the notes for the outlines for the pilot scripts for Level #3.

WEEK 8, Tuesday May 2, 2017

We will go over the notes for the first draft or first half of the first draft of the TV pilot scripts for Level #3.

WEEK 9, Tuesday May 9, 2017

We will go over the notes for the second draft or full-first draft of the TV pilot scripts for Level #3.

WEEK 10, Tuesday May 16, 2017

We will go over the notes for the third draft of the TV pilot scripts for Level #3.

Leave a Comment more...

THE ROCABERTI CASTLE WRITERS RETREAT IN SPAIN – JULY 9-14, 2017

by on Nov.12, 2016, under events, Featured

The Rocaberti Castle Writers Retreat

July 9th-14th, 2017
Rocaberti Castle, Figueres
(75 miles from Barcelona, Spain)

Making the impossible happen

Have you ever dreamed of writing a novel and seeing it come to life on the silver screen?

Or maybe you’ve already published your book and are wondering about how to turn it into a screenplay?

Seems impossible, right?

Well, the answer, is, NO! Nothing is impossible, and on this one-of-a-kind writer’s retreat at the enchanting 14th century Rocaberti Castle, halfway between Barcelona and the French border, we’ll show you just how your words, your vision—let’s face it, your baby—can make it all the way to the big screen!

k

The first Rocaberti Retreat, held in March 2016, completely transcended all expectations: out of the eleven writers who attended, one had her script optioned before the end of the retreat (with the deal being brokered on the shuttle back to Barcelona!), two are currently in the midst of negotiations for their script or book to be optioned and deals are in the works for several others … the impossible did happen, and it happened at Rocaberti!

Attendees called the retreat, “A magical, miraculous event” and “Inspirational; transformative”.

Here’s what Georgia Clark, winner of the first Rocaberti Scholarship, said about her Rocaberti experience:

“I was honored to be awarded the scholarship for the inaugural Rocaberti Writers Retreat. My mentor was simply fabulous: experienced, generous, warm, funny and insightful. We made great headway on helping turn my new adult fiction THE REGULARS into a feature film. A once-in-a-lifetime experience, and all in Spain!

Click here for photos from the first retreat

8c
102

Your Summer 2017 Rocaberti Retreat mentors include Jen Grisanti, former Studio Executive and VP of Current Programs at CBS/Paramount and now a highly sought-after Story and Career Consultant; Max Timm, award-winning novelist and screenwriting instructor, whose work with the International Screenwriters’ Association in connecting writers with industry professionals has resulted in seven writers receiving options and representation in the last year alone; Debra Landwehr Engle, best-selling author with over 25 years’ experience helping writers secure agents and land publishing deals, and novelist and screenwriter Claire Elizabeth Terry, whose original screenplay, 4 Roses, is being filmed this year.

We’ve joined forces because we want to help show you how to bring your “literary twins”—your book and screenplay—to life! Not only how to finish writing them (an art in itself, as anyone who has an unfinished manuscript or screenplay lying around their home will tell you!) but also how to have them successfully published … and made into a movie!

You’ll be part of a small and exclusive group of a maximum of 16 writers at the retreat.
Through focused, practical presentations in the mornings, afternoon mentoring sessions, evening social events—and with a mentor/writer ratio of approximately 1:4—you’ll learn how to tell your story on the page and on the screen, and be one step closer to seeing your dream come to life!

k

About

Write. Engage. Experience.

71c
118

Sound enticing? We’re inviting writers of fiction, non-fiction, and for the screen to come join us for what promises to be a memorable (and productive!) experience. Enrollment is limited to just 16 guests to ensure small class size and maximum access to our mentors.

Picture yourself staying at a 14th century castle (how’s that for inspiration?). Participating in stimulating workshops. Enjoying a glass of wine with a produced screenwriter, film producer or published author. Sharing your work with others for constructive feedback. Just taking the time to breathe—and to write, away from the demands of your daily routine. Imagine the conversations that might unfold daily around the breakfast table or on a walk into the village.

Whether you’ve written a book, are working on a screenplay—or are just thinking about it!—wherever you are in the process, we’re here to help you move forward and show you that dreams can become reality!

This retreat is for you if…

  • You’re working on a book/screenplay combination or have an idea for one.
  • You have a book and want to turn it into a screenplay or vice-versa—or sell it directly to Hollywood.
  • You’re unsure how to get your book/screenplay in front of agents and producers.
  • You’re serious about completing your project and making your dream come true!
k

The retreat includes…

Expert Tuition
Small group mentoring sessions
All meals and drinks (including alcoholic beverages and snacks)
Five nights’ lodging
Round-trip transportation between Barcelona and Rocaberti Castle
Exclusive access

Reserve my place, and the mentor of my choice, now

k

Program

The retreat commences the evening of Sunday, July 9th, with welcome cocktails, dinner and then, with a glass of fine Rioja in hand, a group discussion about writing around the fireplace in the castle’s historical salon.

6
51
42
133c

Please reserve my spot at the retreat

k

Your accommodation

When you go on a retreat to focus on your writing, you want a place which both inspires you and strengthens your commitment to your craft. (And if it happens to make you feel like royalty, while doing so? All the better!)

Which is why we chose the spectacular Rocaberti Castle, just one hour from Barcelona, Spain.

Situated in a traditional Catalan village, this four-story medieval castle offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside and hills. Its spiral staircase, stone-carved archways, enclosed courtyard, antique writing desks and hidden window seats all conspire to transport you to a long-forgotten time of inspiration, simplicity and yes, fun!

Each bedroom in the castle is completely unique and we strongly urge you to reserve your place on the retreat early, so that you can book the room of your choice.

All rooms have ensuite bathrooms with either a tub and/or shower, except for two, where the bathroom, although private, is accessed through a separate entrance. When you reserve your spot on the retreat and indicate your preferred room, we’ll contact you to fill you in on the unique details of each room.

Please reserve my place now

k

Your Rocaberti Retreat Mentors

Please note: our Mentors’ section is in the process of being updated: more mentors to be announced soon!

Jen Grisanti

International speaker Jen Grisanti is an acclaimed Story/Career Consultant at Jen Grisanti Consultancy Inc., Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC, former 12-year studio executive, including VP of Current Programming at CBS/Paramount, blogger for The Huffington Post and author of the books, Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story and TV Writing Tool Kit: How To Write a Script That Sells and her new book, Change Your Story, Change Your Life: A Path To Your Success.

Grisanti started her career in 1992 as an assistant to Aaron Spelling, who served as her mentor for 12 years, and she quickly climbed the ranks and eventually ran Current Programs at Spelling Television Inc., covering all of Spelling’s shows including Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place and Charmed. In 2004, Grisanti was promoted to Vice President of Current Programs at CBS/Paramount where she covered numerous shows, including Medium, Numbers, NCIS, 4400 and Girlfriends.

In January 2008, Grisanti launched Jen Grisanti Consultancy Inc., a highly successful consulting firm dedicated to helping talented writers break into the industry. Drawing on her experience as a studio executive where she gave daily notes to executive producers/showrunners, Grisanti personally guides writers to shape their material, hone their pitches and focus their careers. Since launching the consulting firm, Grisanti has worked with over 800 writers specializing in television, features and novels. Due to her expertise and mentorship, seventy-five of her writers have staffed on television shows and forty have sold pilots, five that that went to series.

Menotti (pen name of Roberto Marchionni) works in Rome, has lived in Germany but was born in Italy a long time ago.

He studied Fine Arts in Bologna, Italy, Semiotics in Berlin, Germany and Filmmaking in New York (NYU).

As an award-winning comic book artist, Roberto has worked for Italian and international magazines, such as Frigidaire, Comic Art, Il Manifesto, Cyborg, Mondo Naif and Blue. He also co-created the graphic novel Europa, published by Black Velvet.

As a screenwriter, he’s written several successful TV series, from Un posto al sole to Incantesimo, L’onore e il rispetto, La squadra and 7 Vite.

Besides other short and feature films, Roberto co-wrote Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot (‘They Call Me Jeeg Robot’), the first Italian superhero film, nominated for best screenplay and winner of seven statuettes at the David di Donatello Awards 2016.

Roberto "Menotti" Marchionni
Deb Engle Rocaberti Writers

Debra Landwehr Engle, our literary expert, has been successfully mentoring writers for the last 20 years and has helped both fiction and nonfiction authors complete their manuscripts, secure agents and land publishing deals.

She is the author of the best-selling The Only Little Prayer You Need: The Shortest Route to a Life of Joy, Abundance and Peace of Mind, which was published by Hampton Roads in October 2014. Thanks to the help of retreat founder and organizer, Claire Elizabeth Terry, her book features a foreword by the Dalai Lama and an endorsement by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

She is also the author of Grace from the Garden: Changing the World One Garden at a Time and the upcoming Let Your Spirit Guides Speak, which will be released in September 2016 by Hampton Roads.

Debra has worked in publishing her entire career, beginning as a newspaper copywriter and Better Homes and Gardens book editor, then starting her own freelance business (much to her father’s chagrin!) just as she was going through a divorce.

Committed to making a living on her own, she went on to build a thriving business, writing hundreds of articles for such national publications as Better Homes and Gardens, Country Home, Country Gardens and other lifestyle magazines. She also has served as project manager on publications for Fortune 500 companies, sharpening her skills in crafting a story for any audience.

These days, Debra combines her love of writing and publishing with her lifelong interest in spirituality. Twelve years ago, she co-founded Tending Your Inner Garden®, a women’s program of personal and spiritual growth, and began teaching classes in A Course in Miracles.

Debra and her husband Bob live in Madison County, Iowa, the location that inspired the literary and film phenomenon, The Bridges of Madison County.

Claire Elizabeth Terry is your Rocaberti Castle Retreat host and moderator and is a British screenwriter, travel writer and novelist.

After graduating, she worked for several years in British theatre, where she fought for, and won, the right to become the first female stage-hand at the Royal National Theatre, London.

Short-listed for the Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize, Claire has also written for the Rough Guides travel series.

In 2008, Claire conceived, compiled and edited The Art of Living: a Practical Guide to Being Alive, published by Kairós Publishers in both English and Spanish, the profits from which are donated to Green Cross International, the environmental organization founded by Mikhail Gorbachev.

The book includes contributions from Michael Douglas, Desmond Tutu, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Mario Vargas Llosa, Richard Branson, Mikhail Gorbachev and several members of the United Nations’ Alliance of Civilizations.

Claire is also the founder and president of the website and not-for-profit of the same name, The Art of Living Guide. Federico Mayor Zaragoza, the former Director General of UNESCO, sits on the Honorary Board.

She is the screenwriter and co-producer of the upcoming film 4 ROSES, about four friends from all over the world, whose lives are transformed when a rose is secretly drawn for each of the women.

George Parra, the Executive Producer of Silver Linings Playbook, Nebraska, The Descendants and Sideways, is attached to direct.

Claire’s novel of the movie, I Draw Roses was published in 2013.

Claire Terry
k

Please reserve my place, and the mentor of my choice, now

The retreat is from $4,995 / 4,395€ / £3,495 per person, including sales tax, 5 nights’ accommodation at Rocaberti Castle, all meals and drinks (including alcoholic beverages and snacks), all tuition and round-trip transportation between Barcelona airport and the castle.

Leave a Comment more...

ISA EVENT – TV WEEKEND JANUARY 14 – 15, 2017

by on Nov.12, 2016, under events, Featured

TV Weekend: Presented by the ISA

Seminar – West Hollywood Brought to you by International Screenwriters’ Association

Regular Registration ends: 01/13/2017
Class Begins: 01/14/2017   Ends: 01/15/2017
Class Time: 9:30 am – (PDT)

FEE: $199 Register For Class

Join us for this ISA Masters Series Seminar where you’ll learn the tools to develop a TV Pilot from concept to pitch, so you can land that studio deal or get staffed on a show. Every writer’s dream is to create longevity in this industry. Let the ISA and our esteemed guests help you! This ISA Masters Series Seminar is sponsored by Nickelodeon.

 

 

We kick off the weekend with top TV consultant, Jen Grisanti, who will teach you how to write a TV pilot that sells. Having spent years as a Current Programming Executive, Grisanti knows not only what it takes from a business perspective, but she offers a hands-on, immediately supportive approach to educating writers on what it takes to sell material in this town. After Jen, we will present career consultant and industry expert, Lee Jessup, who will share with you everything you need to know about becoming a working television writer. Lee’s clients continually move from novice, out-of-work screenwriters, to working and career-focused writers who are actually getting paid to do what they love! Both of our guest consultants are offering their expertise for what normally would take most clients weeks, if not months, to learn. Take advantage of their time and insights all in one day! (If you scroll down, you can read all about our fabulous guest consultants.)

 

On Sunday, veteran consultant and writing expert, Corey Mandell will help you improve your skills to pitch yourself and your ideas, an absolutely essential skill for anyone serious about launching or building a TV writing career. As a TV writer, you are not only attempting to sell a piece of writing, but it’s your responsibility to allow the industry to know who you are on a personal and professional level. Learning how to pitch yourself is just as essential as pitching your project. We will follow Corey’s class with a producer’s panel that will break down and discuss the essentials of presenting your story to the industry, producers, and executives so you know exactly what top producers are looking for in a pitch. Then we will wrap up the day with an interactive pitch event where 10 lucky writers in attendance will get the chance to practice their pitch in front of a panel of industry pros, all of which will give you direct feedback and support.

 

The skills you’ll learn over this 2-day event will help you turn your good TV script into a great script, and get you ready to pitch and sell at the highest level. This is a highly competitive industry, so let us help you elevate your craft and your career. You can’t afford to miss this!

 

Open to all storytellers – screenwriters, TV writers, novelists, filmmakers, producers, agents, actors, development executives and more are welcome to attend.

 

THE CRAFT COURSE
All registrants for TV Weekend will receive The Craft Course ($59 value) for FREE!*

 

Presented as an online version of the live Master Class hosted by Max Timm in Los Angeles, this course was inspired by his popular writing podcast, The Craft, and will offer you exclusive podcast episodes only online class writers will receive.

Receive immediate access to all lessons, lectures, and audio, and the material provided within this full development screenwriting course will help you build your script, one step at a time. This course allows you to work at your own pace and finish a script in less than 12 weeks!

With the amount of material that is covered in this course, you will not find a more inexpensive course on screenwriting that offers as much as Master the 1st Draft. The International Screenwriters’ Association takes pride in offering services to writers without breaking the bank. Take advantage of what is offered here and we promise you will come away with a stronger draft of your script had you tried to go this route alone.

So jump in and get ready to write!

*Valid only for Craft Course-Online Only, or as a discount from other Craft Courses. A discount code will be emailed to you upon completion of your payment for TV Weekend.

Leave a Comment more...

FRIDAY NIGHT SOCIAL – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.- NEW LOCATION

by on Oct.20, 2016, under events, Featured

Friday Night Social ~ November 4, 2016 ~ NEW LOCATION

Event Date: Friday, November 4, 2016 || Starts at 6:30 pm  || Co-sponsoring with Jennifer Grisanti

Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another and has evolved into so much more. This is a great way to “Network”. Plan on meeting people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry.  

 

IMPORTANT:

Please REGISTER before 10:00 pm on Thursday, November 3, 2016. 

register_button

 

This month’s Friday Night Social is being held at The Palomar Hotel’s BLVD 16 Restaurant and Lounge area.   Please join Jennifer Grisanti and SWN at this location for this month’s Friday Night Social “Networking” event.

 

Your Beverly Hills Restaurant Experience Awaits ~ It’s no secret ~ LA is a foodie’s best friend. Local. Sustainable. Farm-to-fabulous. So it’s more than noteworthy that BLVD 16 restaurant has made a name for itself by hitting all the high notes and then some. That means whether you’re dropping by for dinner or grabbing a tasty small bite after a long flight, prepare to be wowed.

It starts with the freshest ingredients (think organic honeycomb, zucchini flowers and torpedo onions) that Chef Grace Gonzalez interprets with a balance of artful simplicity and genuine LA sizzle, to create a truly memorable experience. And if you’re interested in cocktailing in an inspired setting, here’s our pro tip: enjoy the company of friends or make new ones in our sleekly styled bar where crafty libations infused with fresh juices, house made syrups and top-shelf spirits fuel a delightfully deliciou ~ s experience.

Join us at The Palomar Hotel’s BLVD 16 Restaurant and Lounge:

Below: Photos from previous events:

FN1

FN3

FN4

FN5


 

Event starts at 6:30 pm – Ends at 9:30 pm

 

LOCATION:

The Palomar Hotel’s BLVD 16 Restaurant and Lounge

10740 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone # 310.475.8711

Toll-free: (800) 472-8556

Palomar Hotel

 

DIRECTIONS:

Directions from the south and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

  • From the airport, take W. Century Way east for 1.8 miles.
  • Merge slightly right onto I-405 North. Go 9.3 miles.
  • Exit onto Wilshire Blvd. Go 1.1 miles.
  • Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills is located at 10740 Wilshire Boulevard at Selby Avenue.

Directions from the north and the San Diego Freeway.

  • From I-405 South / San Diego Freeway, take the Wilshire Blvd. exit. Go 0.2 miles.
  • Turn right at Wilshire Blvd. Go 1 mile.
  • Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Beverly Hills is located at 10740 Wilshire Boulevard at Selby Avenue.

 

PARKING:

Valet parking is $5.00 – with validation at the bar

 

Admission:

FREE to attend.  Pay for your own food, cocktails & parking.

**Check in with us at the entrance to receive your name tags for networking.

**Happy hour food prices will be provided for our Networking Group!

BLVD 16

Happy Networking!

Leave a Comment more...