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.
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.
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.
Will 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.