Monday, March 30, 2015

Snag a fellowship at LA writing workspace theOffice

Just got word of a fellowship opportunity at theOffice:
If you're looking for the perfect place in LA to leave the distractions of life behind and finish that screenplay/novel/short story/what-have-you, enter now to win a FREE 6 month Premium Membership to theOffice. 
theOffice is a quiet, communal workspace on 26th Street in Santa Monica (across from the Brentwood Country Mart). There are 26 ergonomic workstations in the room equipped with Aeron chairs, wifi, a reference library and all the coffee & tea you can handle. Charter and current members include JJ Abrams, Matthew Carnahan, Clark Gregg, Gigi Levangie Grazer, Jen Celotta, Gary Glasberg and many more. It's where serious writers go to GET IT DONE. 
The contest is free to enter. All of the details are on theOfficeOnlineBlog.com.
Hurry!!  Deadline to apply is April 15th. 
Send Submissions to: theOfficeFellowship@gmail.com 
Find us on Twitter: @theOffice_LA

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Upcoming screenwriting events in LA

Black List Live Read: 2014 Black List Script GIFTED

Sat, March 14
7:30 - 10:30 pm

Ricardo Montalban Theatre
1615 Vine St.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Tickets are $27.37. Purchase them & get more info here.

Written and Directed by Tom Flynn, GIFTED is the story of Frank Adler, a deliberate under-achiever raising his niece Mary in rural Florida. Things get complicated for both of them when he enrolls her in school for the first time and she is immediately labeled as gifted. For reasons that become boldly apparent, all Frank wants is for Mary to have a normal life, but standing in his way is his formidable mother Evelyn, and the small problem that he doesn't actually have custody of Mary.

Starring:

Armie Hammer (THE SOCIAL NETWORK, THE LONE RANGER)
Mckenna Grace (COOK, AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES)
Mary Steenburgen
Gina Rodriguez (JANE THE VIRGIN)
Michael Beach (SONS OF ANARCHY)
Nick Searcy (JUSTIFIED)

Writers Guild Foundation: First Draft To Feature (Spring Craft Symposium)

Sat, March 28
9 am - 6 pm

Writers Guild Theater
135 S. Doheny Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Tickets are $65. Purchase them & get more info here.

Get your screenplay ready for submission to industry professionals with a full day of panels discussing how to take apart your story and turn it into something special. Writers Guild Foundation and Austin Film Festival team-up for four panels, a WGA Archive Exhibit, and a full day of inspiration.

Panelists:

Greg Beal – Director of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
Evan Daugherty – DIVERGENT, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN
Leslie Dixon – MRS. DOUBTFIRE, PAY IT FORWARD
Matt Dy – Director of the Austin Film Festival Screenplay and Teleplay Competitions
Jason Hall – AMERICAN SNIPER, PARANOIA
Rick Jaffa – AVATAR 2 & 3, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
Adam Kolbrenner – Manager/Producer at MADHOUSE ENTERTAINMENT
Ashley Edward Miller – X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, THOR
Barbara Morgan – Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Austin Film Festival, Producer
Pamela Ribon – Memoir "Notes to Boys (And Other Things I Shouldn’t Share in Public)," novelist, screenwriter, actor, and blogger
Edward Ricourt – A.K.A. JESSICA JONES, NOW YOU SEE ME
Terry Rossio – NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN TRILOGY & ON STRANGER TIDES
Amanda Silver – AVATAR 2 & 3, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
Robin Swicord – MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, MATILDA

Monday, March 2, 2015

CBS Writers Mentoring Program now accepting submissions


The CBS Writers Mentoring Program is accepting submissions from March 2 - May 1, 2015. From its website:
The focus of this six month program is on opening doors: providing opportunities to build relationships with network executives and show runners; to support new and emerging writers in their efforts to improve their craft; and to develop the interpersonal skills necessary to break in and succeed. 
The Writers Mentoring Program is not employment and there is no monetary compensation. It is, instead, a structured program of career development, support, and personal access to executives and the decision-making processes, with the goal of preparing aspiring writers for later employment opportunities in television.
Each participant will be teamed with two different mentors. One is a CBS network or studio executive with whom they will meet on a regular basis, to discuss their work, get creative feedback on their material and get advice and support in furthering their career. The other is a show mentor who is a senior-level writer on a current CBS drama or comedy series. This relationship builds over the course of the Program and is focused on helping the participant with career goals. 
Once a week, participants will be invited to attend a small workshop-style meeting with various CBS show runners and other industry professionals. Speakers include executive producers, agents, managers, development and current executives and show runners. The purpose of these gatherings is for participants to gain a better understanding of how the business works from many different perspectives as well as creating the opportunity to make critical networking connections. 
Another important part of the Program is the opportunity for each participant to spend time observing in a writing room, as well as in the CBS current and development departments.
The Program is scheduled to begin in late September 2015 and continues through April 1, 2016. To apply, you must submit an application, letter of interest, work resume or bio, notarized submission release form and two writing samples (one spec script and one original pilot, stage play or short fiction story).

 Head over to the program's website to read more and apply.