Kevin Morales dives into how Silence of the Lambs offers five empathetic points of view, but in very careful and deliberate ways. A symptom of bad movies and mediocre scripts is a lack of point of view or careless use of it.
oin screenwriting career coach, Lee Jessup, and Bellevue's literary manager, Jeff Portnoy, for a discussion about the post-strike state of the screenwriting industry to better prepare yourself for breaking into the new landscape of Hollywood.
Zoe Quinton, who once worked as a literary agent, will help you navigate the landscape of writing queries and also critique your query letter.
Build and Customize an Author Business Model from Pipeline Artists - Symposium on Vimeo. In her 30 years experimenting with all aspects of book publishing, indie book publisher, publishing entrepreneur, publishing consultant, and author coach Sharon Woodhouse has seen and helped authors develop and use various income sources to create ongoing, sustainable income for themselves. […]
Whether a writer is up-and-coming or a pro, they need to know when to ask for feedback and how to handle receiving notes in order to elevate their stories and improve their craft. Join our panel discussion with Pipeline Execs Michael Owens and Matt Misetich, joined by Doug Richardson (Die Hard 2, Bad Boys, Hostage), and screenwriter Merridith Allen for a live Q&A.
Whether you are a self-published author or a traditionally published author, you need to learn how to market your book. After all, you didn't write it only to have it sit in a box. You want people to find it ... and love it!
Research might sound like something that’ll slow down your storytelling process. We’re here to tell you the opposite is true. If you go about research the right way, your stories will be more solid and you’ll get them down much faster. You’ll also find that doing research is a lot of fun!
Filmmaker Kevin T. Morales will help you understand the concept of Objective Correlative and its various uses through breaking down its appearance in films. By the end of the presentation and discussion, you will be able to evaluate the use of objects and setting in your own story to emotionally affect the audience, avoid cliche and strengthen your character’s journey.
If you are dabbling in KidLit, SCBWI Co-Regional Advisors Lisa Lowe Stauffer and Melissa Miles want you to know about SCBWI and will answer all your KidLit questions.
Reckless Creatives podcast co-hosts, Jeanne Veillette Bowerman and Sadie Dean, have a conversation with the legendary Scott Myers about screenwriting, the WGA strike, AI, his new book, The Protagonist's Journey: An Introduction to Character-Driven Screenwriting and Storytelling, and so much more.
It's never been more important for writers to cast wide nets and write in multiple mediums. Lee Matthew Goldberg does just that. Lee has been a finalist in both Script Pipeline and Book Pipeline, and continues to create stories for not only the screen but also for your bookshelves. Don't miss this one—especially if you're considering adapting your script into a novel!
Every story lives or dies by who the protagonist and POV character is. Sometimes, it feels obvious, other times you can pick any character in the narrative and tell an equally thrilling story. Author Bryan Young will show you all the different options of choosing the right POV for your story or screenplay, and, if you’re writing prose, what POV to actually write in.
The old adage is true, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. In writing, you never get a second chance to hook a reader. Whether it be a screenplay, novel, picture book, or memoir, your opening pages are crucial when it comes to holding your reader's attention.
Our Script Pipeline execs have assembled to offer insider tips on writing competitions, the current landscape for film and TV (which is continuously in flux, it seems), and in turn, what we feel tends to spark with industry. All to increase your odds of securing placements and garnering attention from reps and producers.
what works, and what doesn’t. Shawn will walk you through the process, providing real-world advice to help manage a successful campaign. The primary focus will be on project-based campaigns, Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but he will also touch on creator-based campaigns such as Patreon.
It's important to know what you’re getting yourself into so that you can ensure that the time, effort, and money you dedicate to your book is worth it. Editor Karen Krumpak will prepare you for getting the most out of working with an independent editor to prepare your book to hit the shelves.
Action Writing for Screenwriters from Pipeline Artists - Symposium on Vimeo. "Action," meaning the scene descriptions, not "action genre." Now that we've cleared that up … In order to write great action description in a scene that maximizes "white on the page," you have to translate the images in your head into very specific word choices. […]
Go inside the studio development process with Beth Bruckner O’Brien. With 36 films on her resume as a Producer and Creative Executive, Beth has been in the trenches with writers developing projects from original pitches, spec scripts, and IP, and will give you the inside scoop on how to garner interest from production companies and more.
Abigail Bloom and Laura Huie are here to help you assemble the Ultimate Pitch Toolkit, including everything you need to get prepped for agents, managers, and producers. Put your best foot forward and impress industry experts with stand-out marketing materials.
Learning how to write compelling stories and characters is the foundation of every writer’s career, but a successful career is built on a series of business decisions over a long period of time. This session will go over the basics of the business side of the film and television industry, with practical tips to help writers make more informed business decisions at every stage of their careers.
Learn strategies for developing, executing and releasing successful projects when you don’t have access to money or resources. Producer Sharri Hefner will not only guide you through best practices for taking your projects from idea inception through archival processing, but she will also discuss strategies for developing a sustainable creative career.
The skills for writing dialogue in plays can be applied to many other forms of creative writing. So, how can you start honing those skills?
Learn how to avoid the telltale oversights that secretly undermine self-published books’ potential for success from the get-go.
Acquisitions Editor Chantelle Aimée Osman (Agora Books, Polis Books) will walk you through the steps needed to become submission-ready. From polishing your manuscript after you get that highly-anticipated “yes,” all the way to a stellar opening line—and even down to the proper font—Chantelle gives you the how-to in making your work stand out from the pile.
Multi-hyphenate director/producer/screenwriter/Chapman professor Kay Tuxford (The MisEducation of Bindu) will walk you through step-by-step how to choose a good first short script to write, produce it, and get it in front of an audience. By the end of this presentation, you'll have a toolbox filled with information on the dos and don’ts of short filmmaking
Foyinsi Adegbonmire, Associate Editor from Feiwel & Friends, will explain the publication process from the standpoint of a traditional publisher and what you can expect from a professional collaboration with your editor from the moment your book is acquired until it hits the shelves.
Literary agent Dani Segelbaum takes the helm on those answers. This talented agent will cover the golden rules of writing the perfect book proposal and help you unpack what's needed to write something enticing and salable. By the end of this presentation, you'll have the tools to craft a finished proposal, plus tips on getting the best possible agent and deal for your book.
Editor and literary agent Latoya Smith might be the next step along your way to publication, and lucky for us, this editor/agent super-combo is here to share her wealth of knowledge and plant helpful guideposts for authors who are ready to get their manuscript out into the world, rather than let it sit on their desktop.
What exactly is branding? Leah Lewis streamlines this topic so you can get a jump on branding strategies that fit your own creative trajectory. She is an independent content creator, documentary filmmaker, tech startup founder, and non-profit executive, and has a lot to say about developing a brand that can elevate your artistic career.
Have a great book but it’s not being picked up by editors or agents? Author and lit agent Stacey Graham from 3 Seas Literary Agency shares tips on where your book may have gone rogue and how to get it back on a traditional publishing path.
How do you spread the word about your book and get it in readers' hands? Leila Siddiqui, a book marketer at Simon & Schuster, can help you understand book marketing basics with tips, insights, and suggestions on where to start and how to get organized.
Beth Szymkowski, Executive Producer of Hulu's teen-horror drama, Freakish, will give practical tips and examples from her own life on how to meet people who can help you break in. Knowing what it’s like to go from zero contacts in the writing world to a full-blown career, she understands the agony of an introverted writer being told networking is the key to success.
Award-winning author and filmmaker Bryan Young will teach a number of techniques on how to quickly generate ideas for stories and put them through a litmus test until you find one concept (or a few) worth your blood, sweat, and tears. We'll cover how to come up with ideas to pitch or write on spec, and how to decide what type of media an idea should be written for.
Abigail Bloom and Laura Huie are here to help you develop the tools you need to attract your perfect match—by this we mean your literary agent. After all, it is a partnership and one that when armed with the right knowledge is easy to build.
Maya Zivkovich will walk you through the importance of this document and break down the different components needed for your deck to truly stand out from the rest. No design experience necessary—you’ll get plenty of her best tips and tricks from her many years and expertise as a graphic artist.
In Query with Confidence, Isabel Sterling breaks down the query process into digestible pieces. You’ll learn how to write an effective query letter, research agents, and hit “send” so you can get back to doing what you really love: writing another book.
Most writers don’t think beyond writing “The End,” but if you intend to be a professional author, you need to have a plan and make smart career choices. Chantelle Aimée Osman, the editor of Agora Books, discusses a solid strategy for laying the foundations to career success.