Now Write! Screenwriting in Chinese

Now Write! Screenwriting has been published in Chinese by China Renmin University Press Co. in Beijing.

Chinese filmmaker Jennifer Fen Tian has read it and loves it.  Now Write! Screenwriting promises to be a useful resource for aspiring screenwriters in China – including those seeking a deeper understanding of American perspectives on cinematic storytelling.

Now Write! Screenwriting Panel: Sept. 23

Learn how to improve your writing from professional screenwriters.  Three of the contributors to the Now Write! Screenwriting anthology will share their exercises in the book and answer a few questions at the next Southern California Writers Conference: A Weekend for Words .

The conference is coming up September 21-23 in Laguna Beach.  These are not that cheap but really fantastic conferences for writers in all genres and mediums.

It is my honor to moderate a screenwriting panel with three Now Write! Screenwriting contributors who are coming to discuss their exercises and why they are important for you as a screenwriter.  This will be on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 10:40am with three fantastic writers:

GLENN M. BENEST is an award-winning writer/producer with seven produced film credits.  He teaches professional level screenwriting workshops which have launched five films, including SCREAM and EVENT HORIZON.  He is currently writing an ebook based on his award-winning screenplay, The Highwayman, which will be available at Amazon later in the year. (Also a contributor to upcoming Now Write! Speculative Genres)

CHRISTINE CONRADT has written more than 40 indie films and made-for-TV movies in the horror, thriller, and crime drama genre. Her films have aired on networks like FOX, Lifetime, LMN, and USA. She is the writer of SUMMER’S MOON, CHRISTIE’S REVENGE, MATERNAL OBSESSION and HOTEL CALIFORNIA. She holds a BFA in Film from USC and an MCJ in Criminal Justice from Boston University. (Also a contributor to upcoming Now Write! Speculative Genres.)  

Christine will also be doing a free teleconference for International Screenwriters Association on Saturday, Sept. 15. The topic is: Life As A Horror/Thriller Writing Professional: Find Out What It’s Really Like.

TOMMY SWERDLOW wrote the screenplay COOL RUNNINGS with his partner Michael Goldberg.  This led to credits on the family films LITTLE GIANTS, BUSHWHACKED and SNOW DOGS. Their television show, Brutally Normal, was on the WB. Tommy is also very proud of them being the original writers on SHREK.  Though it was 8 years later that the film was released, their creation of the Donkey character lives on.

New Work by Now Write! Contributors

The Walking Dead  TV series (2010-present) Executive Producer and Writer Glen Mazzara (Now Write! Screenwriting contributor)

Police officer Rick Grimes leads a group of survivors in a world overrun by zombies.  Based on the graphic novels of the same name by Bob Kirkman.

The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life by Dinty Moore (Now Write! Nonfiction contributor)
Wisdom Publications, April 2012 (hardcover)

Explores how a lifelong pursuit of writing and creativity helped open me to the path of Buddhism. The book explores these ideas through sixty writing quotes, from Buddhist writers such as Pema Chodron and from others, including Flannery O’Connor and August Wilson. Each of the quotes is discussed in a short page or so, revealing the similarities between artistic awareness and mindful thought.

 Death In Four Courses: A Key West Food Critic Mystery by Lucy Burdette (Now Write! Mysteries contributor)
Signet, Sept. 2012

The annual Key West Loves Literature seminar is drawing the biggest names in food writing from all over the country, and Haley Snow is there to catch a few fresh morsels of insider gossip. But when Hayley discovers the keynote speaker’s body in a nearby pool, the cocktail hour takes a sour turn, and Hayley finds herself at the center of attention—especially with the police. Now it’s up to her to catch the killer before she comes to her own bitter finish

Death Will Extend Your Vacation by Elizabeth Zelvin (Now Write! Mysteries contributor) 
Five Star, May, 2012 (hardcover)

The third novel in the mystery series featuring recovering alcoholic Bruce Kohler and his friends, world-class codependent Barbara and computer genius Jimmy. The trio take shares in a lethal clean and sober group house in the Hamptons.

Shifting Is for the Goyim also by Elizabeth Zelvin
Untreed Reads, July 2012

A paranormal whodunit e-novella. Emerald Love, known back home as Amy Greenstein, is a nice Jewish girl who’s a rising country music star and a shapeshifter. She must use her paranormal abilities to find the killer of the man she loved. 

BETRAYED AT 17 (2011) TV movie written and co-produced Christine Conradt (Now Write! Screenwriting & Now Write! Speculative Genres contributor)

A mother vows to get justice when her daughter’s life is destroyed by a sex video that goes viral.  The film premiered as the fourth highest rated for the network this year.

NOTE: Free teleconference with Christine Conradt on Sept. 15, 2012 for the International Screenwriters Association.  Life as a Horror/Thriller Writing Professional: Find Out What It’s Really Like

Becoming Jimi Hendrix: From Southern Crossroads to Psychedelic London, the Untold Story of a Musical Genius by Steven Roby and Brad Schreiber (Now Write! Screenwriting & Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror contributor)
Da Capo Press, Aug., 2010

The early years biography of Jimi Hendrix – has been included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library in Cleveland and was Finalist in the General Biography category at the International Book Awards. Brad is adapting the book as both a musical and independent film.

NOTE: Free teleconference with Brad Schreiber on October 6, 2012 for the International Screenwriters Association.  Adapting Articles, Books and Life Rights to TV and Film

 Overtaken by Valerie Storey (Now Write! Mysteries contributor)
Dava Books, Feb. 2012

Portrait painter Sara Elliott agrees to marry a stranger days before he is scheduled to leave the country. Sara is forced to question everything she thought she knew about her new husband Miles and her own mysterious past. Caught between her imagination and her desire for the truth, Sara worries she is losing her mind, or worse: has she been overtaken by a power beyond her control?

Free Teleconferences from I.S.A.

Now Write! Screenwriting and Now Write! Mysteries co-editor Laurie Lamson has been moderating teleconferences for the International Screenwriters Association for the last 7 months.  These are wonderful conversations with a lot of food for thought both for screenwriters and authors in general.

William-AkersWill Akers is the author of Your Screenplay Sucks! 100 Ways To Make It Great and a contributor to Now Write! Screenwriting. He’s had many writing assignments from producers taught screenwriting at Vanderbilt University for 19 years and is now Chair of the Program in Motion Pictures at Belmont University.  We had a very informative conversation about rewriting your script.  Listen now.  (Expires 8/31/13).

Adam Levenberg has worked as a development exec and shoots straight from the hip about the easiest way to break into the movie industry as a screenwriter – with a starter screenplay.  His candid advice is also available in a wonderful book The Starter Screenplay: An Executive’s Perspective On Screenwriting. Listen now. (Expires 6/30/13)

Jeffrey Gordon, the founder of the Writer’s Bootcamp, has developed lots of tools for writers.  We had a deep conversation and he also gave some tremendous advice to people on the call.

Listen now. (Expires 6/30/13)

Jacob Krueger was a wonderful guest with fantastic advice and encouragement about your creative flow and the essential drafts to take yourself through – starting from the ‘me’ draft where he encourages an unfettered outpouring without regard for structure.  Listen now(Expires 4/30/13)

Another of ISA’s guest speakers was a Now Write! Screenwriting contributor – Devorah Cutler-Rubenstein.  We had a lively discussion about different ways to tap into the spiritual essence of your story and evaluate your own work for a deeper and more meaningful and focused rewrite. (Also a contributor to the upcoming Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror.) Listen Now (expires 4/30/13).

Candace Kearns Read

What a lovely speaker!  Her background is as a story analyst for top agencies where she read scripts for some of the biggest movie stars. Her especial interest is true stories and she wrote a book called Shaping True Story Into Screenplay.    (Listen now). (Expires 3/31/13)

Earlier teleconferences moderated by Laurie.


The ISA Teleconferences are free so just sign up on the ISA website to stay informed about upcoming guest speakers.

Laurie Moderates for I.S.A.

Now Write! Screenwriting and Now Write! Mysteries co-editor Laurie Lamson recently had the honor to become a moderator for the International Screenwriters Association teleconferences.  These have been great conversations useful both for screenwriters and authors in general.

Two of ISA’s recent speakers were Now Write! Screenwriting contributors – Chris Soth and Steve Kaplan.

Laurie also interviewed Jeff Bollow of Fast Screenplay and moderated a lively conversation with Gary Shusett aka Professor Logline of Sherwood Oaks Experimental College about how to pitch your screenplay.


The ISA Teleconferences are free so just sign up on the ISA website to stay informed about upcoming guest speakers.

March 3, 1pm pst – next isa teleconference with Corey Mandell (sign up)

Corey Mandell is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who has written projects for Ridley Scott, Wolfgang Petersen, Harrison Ford, John Travolta, Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, Warner Brothers, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Family, Working Title, Paramount, Live Planet, Beacon Films, Touchstone, Trilogy, Radiant, Kopelson Entertainment and Walt Disney Pictures.

I.S.A. Exclusive: Chris Soth

Why TENSION is the key to every story…and every movie. How Chris sold his spec screenplay and how they’re sold today. Why a coach and mentor is vital to writing your best screenplay, getting it sold, and getting it made!  (listen now) 

I.S.A. Exclusive: Steve Kaplan

The 8 myths of comedy.  The Comedy Perception Test. And the 8 Hidden Tools of Comedy. And answers to burning questions about writing, directing or performing comedy.  (listen now)


I.S.A. Exclusive: Gary Shusett

Gary explains his philosophy on pitching and how to pitch more than just your story. Very honest feedback on pitches and instant ‘pitch repair’  that helped guide participants to create a word for word alternative pitch. (listen now)

I.S.A. Exclusive: Jeff Bollow

Jeff is a producer/director, author, film festival organizer and public speaker. He has been in the film industry since age 12, starting as an actor before doing nearly every job in production (including experience in development, post-production and distribution). Through his production company, Jeff has reviewed over 15,000 project submissions, and has edited, assessed or mentored over 350 projects.  (listen now)