Monday, March 7, 2011

Theme Schmeme

Theme Schmeme
A Seminar with Julie Gray
Wednesday, March 16th
1001 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
open to members & non-members
$25 for Junction members
$30 for nonmembers
Limited Seats Available
Purchase tickets here:

Everyone knows the best kind of party is a themed party, but throwing one can be pretty daunting.  First, you have to decide which theme you want -- 80s, murder mystery, or masquerade? -- and then you have to agonize over all the details that come with it -- What colors for the plates and cups?  Make a playlist or hire a DJ?  Should I dress like Michael Jackson?  Whodunit?  Which masks should I buy?  What games?  What day?  What time?  What else!?  And after all that, you still have to worry about whether all your guests are having a good time or if they think the theme is stupid.

The same rules apply to writing.  But theme doesn't need to be intimidating. In fact, it's fun. And it's the thing that makes your script have that certain SOMETHING that executives respond to and audiences lap up. Learn how to articulate and express the theme of your story on every page, through every character.

About Julie Gray
A regular contributor to the Huffington Post, Julie Gray directs the Just Effing Entertain Me Screenwriting Competition and The Golden Age of Television Competition. Julie consults privately with a variety of writers all over the world and has taught at the Oxford Student Union at Oxford University, The West England University in Bristol, Wilmington University in Delaware and San Francisco University in Quito, Ecuador. Julie teaches screenwriting classes at Warner Bros., The Great American Pitchfest, The Creative Screenwriting Expo and the Williamette Writer's Conference in Portland, Oregon. A volunteer at the Afghan Women's Writing Project, Julie is co-founder of Stories Without Borders, a non-profit organization committed to fostering the creative voices of students and women through the medium of film. A resident of Los Angeles, California, Julie's book, Just Entertain Me: How to be the Writer Everyone Wants to Read is slated for release through Michael Wiese Publications in January, 2012.

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