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The Power of Stories

Posted by on Mar 8, 2014 in News | 2 comments

The Power of Stories

Had to share this link to Ron Suskind’s incredibly fascinating and moving tale of how Disney stories helped him and the rest of his family connect with his autistic son, Owen. I don’t know when I’ve read a greater testament to the power of story-telling and the vital role it plays in our...

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WGA Names The 101 Best Written Television Series of All Time

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in News | 1 comment

WGA Names The 101 Best Written Television Series of All Time

The WGA held an event last evening to announce and celebrate the 101 Best Written Television series of all time. The inspiring, talented panel included the brilliant Carl Reiner, hilarious as ever (at 91); Norman Lear, (“All in the Family”), Vince Gilligan (“Breaking Bad”), James L. Brooks (“Mary Tyler Moore”), Steven Bochco (“Hill St. Blues”), Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life”), Matthew Weiner, (“Mad Men”), Gail Parent, (“The Carol Burnett Show”), Ronald D....

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“I Wish I’d Written That” – Writers Guild Foundation Evening – May 23

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Blog, News | 0 comments

“I Wish I’d Written That” – Writers Guild Foundation Evening – May 23

The Writers Guild Foundation and the Humanitas Organization, (a wonderful group – more on them here), are co-sponsoring what sounds like a terrific panel called “I Wish I’d Written That – What Makes a Great Movie” featuring writers Stephen Gaghan, Lowell Ganz, Nicholas Meyer, Paris Qualles, David Seidler and moderated by Robin Swicord. General admission is $20, $15 for WGA members and a mere $10 for students. If you’re anywhere near LA, you owe it to your writing self to take advantage of these...

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My Interview on Screenplay Design for “Women and Hollywood”

Posted by on Mar 24, 2013 in Blog, News, Writing Tips | 8 comments

My Interview on Screenplay Design for “Women and Hollywood”

I recently had the pleasure of doing another interview, this one on screenplay design, with the fab Ann Baldwin and it’s now up on a terrific site called “Women and Hollywood” run by Melissa Silverstein. In it, I cover what I consider some of the structural essentials to consider when mapping out a screenplay, as well as some useful tools and examples. Hope you enjoy! Diane Drake is a professional screenwriter, creative consultant, and screenwriting instructor with the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program. Her produced...

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So love this

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

So love this

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“Works-in-Progress”

Posted by on Feb 11, 2013 in Blog, News, Writing Tips | 4 comments

I like to think we’re all this, in a good way.  I’ve long believed that a sense of forward momentum is one of the essentials to human happiness.  Everyone wants to feel like they’re ‘progressing’ in life in one way or another.   It’s like that old advertising tag line, “I’m not getting older, I’m getting better.”   But the key word here is ‘work’.   There’s the rub.  Alas, real progress in any arena almost never simply happens all by itself.   It takes effort, and usually a lot of it. And the same is true for our...

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#Scriptchat — I’m doing one live, Jan 27, at 5pm Pacific Time

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in News | 2 comments

#Scriptchat — I’m doing one live, Jan 27, at 5pm Pacific Time

For those not familiar with #scriptchat, it’s an online gathering of writers of all levels that takes place live on Twitter at #Scriptchat on Sunday evenings, 5pm Pacific time.  I’ll be participating on Sunday, Jan, 27th, and the evening will be hosted by the fab Jamie Livingston and Jeanne Veillette Bowerman.  The main topic will be romantic comedy, but the discussion is open to whatever people want to talk (that is, tweet) about.  Look forward to it and hope you can join us!        ...

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The Path of Most Resistance

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Blog, News, Writing Tips | 2 comments

The Path of Most Resistance

THE IMPORTANCE OF CONFLICT In the world at large the idea of peace on Earth is a noble, if seemingly unattainable, goal. But in the world of drama, it’s death– because the essence of “drama”, (and by that I mean both drama and comedy), is conflict. If there are no obstacles, if there is nothing for your hero to have to overcome, and no one to oppose him, then there really isn’t much of a story. “John climbed Everest. It was so much easier than he expected.  Everything went according to plan, he breezed to the top and came safely back...

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And speaking of the Black List…

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in Blog, News | 5 comments

Congratulations to my clients Nick Pollack and Ryan Hayward for their recent great review from the Black List for their script, “Any Girl Who Loves the Beatles is Bound to Break Your Heart”, and for making the list’s weekly “Scripts of Interest”. I’m so pleased for them.

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The Black List Opens to Unrepresented Writers

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Blog, News | 0 comments

This is an interesting development.  Franklin Leonard, (a fellow Sydney Pollack alum),  has opened his famous Black List to unrepresented writers– for a fee.  Yep, there’s money involved, a monthly $25 fee to have your script hosted on their website. But given the Black List’s excellent reputation, it might be worth doing IF, and only if, your script is truly ready to be seen.   Sometimes cliches are cliches for a reason, and here’s one of them — you only get one chance to make a good first impression.  So,...

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