Friday, January 21, 2011

UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting Accepting Apps for Fall 2011

Been thinking about getting a screenwriting degree in 2011?  Been feeling like you could really use some structure, deadlines and high level critiques?  Consider the latest from UCLA's Professional Program in Screenwriting...

"What do the writers of Clash of the Titans 2, the January 5 episode of Law & Order: SVU, and the soon-to-be-aired USA Network film The Space Between starring Academy Award nominee Melissa Leo have in common?  They all graduated from the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting.
You’re familiar with the world-renowned MFA Screenwriting Program at UCLA.  Maybe you’ve thought about applying, but you don’t have the time for a degree program, and maybe those pricey film “academies” have you seeing red.
The UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting
is exactly what you’re looking for. 
Offered both online and on campus, the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting was created to bring a greater number of promising screenwriters to the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.  This is the perfect way to get a respected UCLA screenwriting education, to receive honest feedback on your screenplays, and to work under a regimen that will allow you to come away with two completed feature-length screenplays in only one academic year - all while keeping your day job. 
Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2011
 Alumni of the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting have sold material to Paramount, MGM, New Line, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Nickelodeon, Regency, Miramax, Sony, Warner Bros, and more.  Alumni include Wendy Diane Miller (the upcoming MTV movie The Truth Below), Travis Wright (Eagle Eye starringShia LaBeouf), Cindy McCreery (the upcoming New Line film Soccer Mom), Fernley Phillips (The Number 23 starring Jim Carrey), and David Wagner & Brent Goldberg (The Girl Next Door, Van Wilder)."
Questions?  Call (310) 825-6124 or send an email to

Monday, January 10, 2011

Beyond Words - WGA and Academy Award Nominees Panel

This panel sells out quickly every year!  Grab your ticket!  At 20 bucks, it's a steal.

The description is plain, yet the panel is anything but.  To give you an idea, Judd Apatow was the most recent moderator.

From the WGA:
"Beyond Words features the WGA and Academy award nominees for original and adapted screenplays. This is a moderated panel discussion held at the Writers Guild Theater just before the award shows in the spring. Dessert reception to follow. Beyond Words is co-presented by the Writers Guild Foundation and Writers Guild of Amerca West. Special support is provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences."

Ticket info:
At the Writers Guild Theater - 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills
$20 (plus $1.99 fee) - General
$15 (plus $1.99 fee) - WGA & ATAS members with valid ID
$10 (plus $1.99 fee) - Student with DATED CURRENT ID
Prices do not include online booking fee. Prices increase at the door ($25, 20, 15).

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Launch Party Pen Densham's Riding the Alligator - Strategies for a Career in Screenplay Writing

WHERE: Writers Store
       3510 West Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA
WHEN: January 13, 7:00pm-10:00pm

Celebrate the release of award-winning producer/writer/director and USC adjunct professor Pen Densham’s new book, Riding the Alligator: Strategies for a Career in Screenplay Writing (And Not Getting Eaten), at The Writers Store on Thursday January 13, 2011.

Hollywood bigwigs from Ron Howard to Jeff Bridges to Paul Haggis are extolling the many virtues of Pen’s thoughtful screenwriting guide, which explores specific writing techniques while simultaneously imparting industry-tested strategies for carving a successful, long-term career.

Pen will sign books and discuss creative philosophies and professional secrets, plus insights from his company, Trilogy Entertainment Group.

This event is FREE, but you must RSVP to attend via the Facebook or by calling The Writers Store directly (310) 441-5151.  Read more about Pen's book at