Networking When You Don't Know Anybody

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.

Idea Machine: Finding New Stories to Write

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.

Building a Kick-Ass Pitch Deck & Series Bible

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.

Hard Truths: First 5 Pages

How do you hook the reader? Our Pipeline staff dig into the significance of those often-troubling first 5 pages—really the first impression of a script as a whole—and how to stand out to industry reviewing your material.

One-on-One: Lane Shefter Bishop

Jeanne Veillette Bowerman dives into a candid discussion with multi-award-winning producer/director Lane Shefter Bishop, who CNN dubbed "The Book Whisperer." Lane wrote Sell Your Story in a Single Sentence: Advice from the Front Lines of Hollywood and is also the CEO of Vast Entertainment—the go-to book-to-screen company, with numerous projects, both completed and in active development.

Town Hall Debate Series: "Structure vs. Voice"

Our opening topic will focus on one of the oldest debates still hotly discussed in screenwriting - is it all about Structure or the Voice of the writer?

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