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The Writers’ Program will host two panels at Story Expo 2015 which will take place at the Westin LAX from September 11 – 13, 2015.

Writing the TV Pilot:  Your “Must Have” Calling Card

Friday, Sept 11 from 6-7:30pm

Whether you’re a new or seasoned TV writer, you need at least one original pilot in your portfolio that shows your voice, your passion and brand of humor, and your sensibility.  A panel of widely-produced one-hour drama and sitcom writers lays out how you can tap into your own “TV taste” to develop a Big Idea that’s a solid franchise capable of generating 80 to 100 episodes; create fresh, original characters;  and pitch your show to networks and studios with style.

Panelists:  Charlie Craig (Chair); Panelists TBD

Introductory Remarks:  Linda Venis, Director, UCLA Extension Writers’ Program


Deepening Your Characters: A Screenwriter’s Guide

Saturday, Sept 12 from 2pm – 3:30pm

The best Hollywood movies deliver big, juicy main characters who take their audience on an emotionally involving journey.  Join UCLA Extension Writers’ Program screenwriters as they explore how to create multi-dimensional, stylish, credible, and empathetic characters (aka “actor bait”!) whose wants and needs deepen over the course of the screenplay and within each individual scene, and that add up to the kind of compelling read that can get a project sold.

Panelists:   Billy Mernit (Chair); Cindy Davis, Philip Eisner, Steve Mazur

Introductory Remarks:  Linda Venis, Director, UCLA Extension Writers’ Program


In addition, the Writers’ Program will have a table in the exhibit hall where attendees can meet staff and learn more about the Writers’ Program’s screenwriting and creative writing courses, certificate programs, competitions, consultations, mentorships, scholarships and more.

Hope to see you there!