Monday, August 23, 2010

Bring Your Short Story to the Big Screen!

Announcing the Page to Screen Writing Contest!

For all information about this contest please visit the link HERE

WordHustler and The Nervous Breakdown are pleased to announce the Page-to-Screen Short Story Contest! For decades, Hollywood has turned to short fiction for inspiration, starting with the printed page and ending with some of the most memorable movies in cinema history. Films like Memento, American Splendor, Minority Report, The Rear Window, The Wild One, Brokeback Mountain, Rashomon, A Christmas Story, and 2001: A Space Odyssey all have their origins in the short story form. 
Deadline: MIDNIGHT - December 15th, 2010

Entry Fee: $15

What to Submit: A short story under 10,000 words (aka under 30 pages), along with a cover letter. Manuscript critiques are also available for an additional fee of $25/story. Simply add $25 to the "Additional Fee" section of the checkout, bringing your total additional fees to $40, and our WordHustler Editors will provide you with a detailed critique of your story. Stories of any genre considered.

Judged by: Sara Gruen, Author of WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (Feature film coming out 2011) and APE HOUSE, coming out from Random House September 2010

Grand Prize: Publication and Featured Author Slot on, an Amazon Kindle, and Final Draft Screenwriting Software!

Second and Third Place Prizes: Powell's Gift Certificates

BONUS PRIZE: The Top Ten Entries will ALL be read and considered for screen adaptation by a panel of four Entertainment Industry Executives! Talk about page to screen!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Screenwriting Expo Contest Deadline Tuesday night, Aug. 24

FINAL Deadline - Tuesday Night!!
$30,000+ in cash prizes and great exposure.  

The 2010 Creative Screenwriting Expo Screenplay Contest is open for submissions now. 

What they say about the contest:The Expo contest gets you three things most contests cannot offer: access, education, and promotion.

With one of the largest grand prizes in any screenplay contest and the power ofCreative Screenwriting to promote its winners better to a wider audience than anyone else, the Expo Contest is the one contest you should save for this year.
And, Tuesday is the FINAL chance to enter! 

Register for the Expo and take advantage of excellent panels, classes, contests & networking:

Thursday, August 19, 2010

CB2 Coolest Space Contest

Help us win $10,000 to spend at CB2!
CB2 is hosting a coolest space contest over the next month and we entered The Writers Junction! The space with the highest number of votes has a chance to win a $10,000 spending card. This could do great things for The Writers Junction. Please, take the time and just click VOTE at HERE! Only takes a second!
Thanks for your time,
The Writers Junction

For more information about this contest visit

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

UCLA Writers Faire - Volunteer for The Junction!


What: Volunteer at our table at the UCLA Writers Faire & receive 5 extra Junction guest passes and our eternal gratitude.
When: Sunday, August 22 - 10am-3pm
Where: UCLA Young Hall Courtyard - Parking $10 in Structure 2

Email us
here if you're interested!

The Junction will have a table at the UCLA Writers Faire this Sunday, 10am-3pm.  Stop by if you are attending the faire!  Volunteer an hour of your time at our table and receive 5 extra free Junction Guest Passes.

The event is free, so why not come, spend an hour gushing about The Junction, the tour around to the other tables, grab a bite at the Nom Nom truck and catch a panel discussion while you're at it?

Download the schedule here.  Junction Member Mark Sarvas will be on the Creating Compelling Fictional Characters Panel at 11:50am.
Campus map here - Type "Young Hall" to find the courtyard.

From UCLA:
This festive day features 24 free mini-classes and panel discussions in creative writing and screenwriting, hosted by fall Writers' Program instructors.  Students get free writing instruction, chat with instructors, register for most fall courses at a 10 percent discount, learn more about the Writers' Program, discuss goals with advisors, and visit with graduate writing programs, community and professional organizations, and writing-allied businesses.

Hope to see you there!
The Junction

Friday, August 13, 2010

Author Panel "Sophomore Success" - Watch the Video!

Sophomore Success: Author Panel at The Writers Junction 24-Hour Literary Marathon from Writers Junction on Vimeo.

We're so pleased to be able to share video from the fantastic Author Panel "Sophomore Success" at our 24-Hour Literary Marathon.  
Authors Brooke BermanBrad ListiMark Sarvas, & Deirdre Shaw  shared their insights from publishing their first novel.  See what lessons they'll bring with them into their second.  Hear about choosing agents, fighting for your cover, grass roots organizing, attacking social marketing, hiring a publicist and generally standing up for yourself and your work.  Learn from their mistakes!  Don't do what they did!  Or do do what they did.  See for yourself.  Check out the video.  

Main take-away: You are your book's best advocate. (Cheat sheet at 56 min and 40 seconds.)

Brooke Berman - No Place Like Home: A Memoir in 39 Apartments
Brad Listi - Attention. Deficit. Disorder.
TWJ member Mark Sarvas - Harry, Revised
TWJ member Deirdre Shaw - Love or Something Like It
Moderator: Eileen Gibson Funke - co-founder of The Junction      

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Relax & Write - with Maia Danziger

Junction Function
Relax & Write - with Maia Danziger
Tuesday, August 17th
must R.S.V.P. here
open to members & non-members
1001 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
Shake that fear of the blank page...
Writing consultant Maia Danziger will run a one-evening workshop for The Writers Junction that is typically exclusive to her clients only.  
Check out the Relax & Write website here.

A few lucky attendees will be able to have their writing workshopped by Maia!

Maia works with established and up and coming writers to unlock intuition and creativity in a safe and nonjudgmental setting.   With guided meditation and an open, playful, and practical ear, she helps her students access and express their inner voice.  Writers return home with a writing method that forges a repeatable path, a clear and easily accessible way to get deep writing done.

But don't take our word for it...
After sixteen years of steady work as a screenwriter, with Maia's help I feel that I am at last beginning to listen to a voice within me that has been quiet for too long, and to give that voice a place in my writing.
~Susan Shilliday, Screenwriter, A Wrinkle in Time, Legends of The Fall, 
I Dreamed of Africa, Thirtysomething

More than a teacher, more than a coach, Danziger is an alchemist-Relax & Writehelps you discover your unique blend of talent, tenacity, and lo and behold, maybe just a touch of genius.
~Beverly Kopf, writer, The View