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screenwriting-course-event1-600x250The Writers’ Program hosted two panels at Story Expo 2014 which took place at the Westin LAX from September 5 – 7, 2014.  We’ll be back in 2015, so stay tuned for more information!

These two panels were offered in 2014:

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

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:  Phil Kellard (chair), David & Julie Chambers, Richard Hatem, Richard Manning

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

Write Like You Mean It: Emotional Connection in Your Screenplay

Writers often say what distinguishes a great screenplay is a powerful, meaningful story that moves us, and characters that make an emotional connection.  Learn how you can create an emotional current that drives your story and plot forward, create scenes and characters that make the audience care, and push your writing to the next level.

Panelists: Billy Mernit (Chair), Steve Mazur, Jon Bernstein, Chrysanthy Balis

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

In addition, the Writers’ Program had a table in the exhibit hall where attendees could 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 at Story Expo 2015!