Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Pimps and Power Point, Together at Last

That’s right, I’m teaching.

Writer’s Digest has provided me with an incredible opportunity to share my screenwriting knowledge with their community of writers. 

On October 14th at 1pm, I’ll be teaching a live webinar, entitled, How to Write a Marketable Screenplay: Learn how to structure your script the Hollywood way. 

All the details of the webinar can be found on the Writer’s Digest site HERE

If you’ve always been curious about screenwriting, please join the class, and I’ll provide you with as much knowledge as I can fit in 75 minutes. 

You’ll even have the opportunity to send me the first three pages of your script for a quick critique.  I’ll try not to make you cry. 

And, if you’re good in class, I may even pass out cookies.  

Monday, September 13, 2010

Editing is Murder... and other tips

My writing partner and I recently cut 25 pages of SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME in order to meet contest requirements.  Daunting, to say the least.  But in the process, I learned I love editing.  I’ve always said, “Love is in the details”. 

I love writing, even the gritty nasty parts.

As I tweeted out my progress, writers started sharing their own tips.  Whenever I learn from others, I aim to spread the love.

Carrie Bailey of Peevish Penman graciously offered me the perfect venue for 
Editing is Murder, my latest in a recent string of editing and rewrite pieces. 

The previous two were for Tyler Weaver’s Multi-Hyphenate on what I learned at Stony Brook Southampton Screenwriters Conference, specifically, rewrites and handling feedback:

If you’re looking for other writing tips, you can find great information on Peevish Penman as well as the Scriptchat blog.

Don’t dread editing.  Embrace it.  You can't be a true writer without the courage to kill your own words.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Scriptchat has arrived!

What started as a little Twitter screenwriting chat on Sunday evenings has turned into an internet phenomenon.... okay, maybe just a big screenwriter party of learning.

Script Magazine mentions #scriptchat in the November/December 2010 issue!

Thanks to Joshua Stecker, West Coast Editor and wonderful supporter of scriptchat, we appear on the page alongside other recommended websites for screenwriters.  We even share the page with John August!

The smiley stickers are plastered all over the scriptchat #treefort!

Long live the generous screenwriting community, our treefort team... and tequila!