I’m hosting a panel this Monday in LA that will be chock full of useful information. Check it out:

TRICKS OF THE TRADE – Writing Advice from the Experts

Monday, February 29, 2016
7:30 to 9:15 p.m. (networking follows the program)

There’s no one formula for writing – there are a thousand!

Aside from raw talent and a tip or two from the Muse, we have principles, rules, devices, guidelines, categories, strategies, tools, tactics and techniques.

Our expert panel will offer help for all writers, whether writing fiction, screenplay, or even nonfiction.

We will discuss (as time allows):
– Brainstorming ideas
– Pitching formulas
– Story structures
– Plot lines
– Scene dynamics
– Narrative devices
– Character development
– Strategies for reader feedback
– And more!

Our panel of writing veterans:

BRENT FORRESTER got his start as a writer for the Ben Stiller Show where he won his first writing Emmy.

Forrester has written for 6 Emmy Award winning shows including The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Late Night With Conan and Mr. Show With Bob and Dave.

Brent spent 7 seasons as a writer and director at The Office, and was Co-Showrunner in its final season.

He is currently the Showrunner on “Love” a Netflix show produced by Judd Apatow (debuts February 19th, 2016).

Photo by Jay Falke


Ellen SandlerELLEN SANDLER was nominated for an Emmy for her work as a Co-Executive Producer of the CBS hit series, Everybody Loves Raymond.

Sandler has written for many other prime time network television comedies, including ABC’s Coach, and has created original television pilots for ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox Family, Oxygen Network, and the Disney Channel.

Ellen is the author of The TV Writer’s Workbook (Bantam/Dell), which is used as a text by both UCLA and USC film schools.

She teaches Comedy Writing for the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program, and Television Writing for Playwrights at The Herbert Berghof Playwrights Foundation in New York.

She has been a guest lecturer at many colleges and universities, including New York University, Marymount Manhattan College, The New School, and the University of Southern California.

Photo by Molly Johnson


Robert RamseyROBERT RAMSEY’s feature film credits include Destiny Turns on the Radio (1995); Life (1999); Big Trouble (2002); Intolerable Cruelty (2003); Man of the House (2005); and Soul Men (2008).

Ramsey was a Fellow at the Sundance Screenwriters Workshop in 1992. He received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University and has been a member of the WGA since 1988.

Robert has been teaching screenwriting at USC School of Cinematic Arts since 2012.

Photo by Greg Miller


Our Moderator
Greg MillerGREG MILLER is a writer, producer and writing coach. He is the author of “How To Be A Writer Who Writes” and the new mega reference e-book “Miller’s Compendium”.

Miller has written and produced feature film and tv projects for Fox, Disney, Dino De Laurentiis, Oxygen, MTV, HBO and Comedy Central. He has also written articles for Writer’s Digest, Premiere, LA Weekly, Entertainment Weekly and news for the CBC.

As a teacher and writing coach, Greg has helped NY Times best-selling authors, TV showrunners, studio screenwriters and absolute beginning writers to write and perform for 20 years.

He has taught classes and workshops at UCLA Extension, LA Times Festival of Books, LA Gay & Lesbian Center, Humber College, Kripalu Center, Media Bistro, Teen Canteen and Story Expo.

As co-creator and producer of Uncabaret he worked with a who’s who of alternative comedians including Julia Sweeney, Margaret Cho, Patton Oswalt, Bob Odenkirk, Taylor Negron, Michael Patrick King, Larry Charles, Judd Apatow and many others to develop personal story-based comedy.

Photo by Allan Miller

Veterans Memorial Building
4117 Overland Avenue
Culver City, California
Parking entrance on Culver
Corner of Culver Boulevard.
Map of location.
Parking is free.

Note: Wear layered clothing as the temperature in the room can vary.

IWOSC members – free

Non-members – $15

Reservations by email only.
Reservation deadline: space permitting, 5:00 p.m. Sunday, the day before the meeting.

To reserve:
Email the IWOSC office with “IWOSC Reservation” and the date or meeting month in the subject line.
Be sure to tell us your first name, your last name, a phone number, and whether you are a member or not.

Your name will be on a list at the check-in table.
For proof of your reservation, bring a printout of your email or show a smartphone version of your “sent” email or confirmation. Please arrive before 7:20 pm to be seated. Doors open to everyone at 7:20 p.m. and people will be admitted as space permits.

Official IWOSC page: http://iwosc.org/calendar/index.html#monthly_meeting