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August 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

“Behind the Screen: Writing for TV Today — and Tomorrow” – Panel in LA, May 23

IWOSC presents a panel discussion: “Behind the Screen: Writing for TV Today — and Tomorrow“ Monday, May 23, 2016 7:30 p.m.  (to 9:15; networking follows the program) Veterans Memorial Building 4117 … Continue reading

May 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

TV + Comedy = Brent Forrester

If you are now, or ever have, or ever want to write comedy, listen to Mr. Brent Forrester. He got his start as a writer for the Ben Stiller Show … Continue reading

March 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Six Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Project Before You Write It

How can you stop people from stealing your ideas? You can’t. How can you stop people from stealing your writing? You don’t have to. Your prose is inherently copyrighted as … Continue reading

October 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

13 or 14 Reasons to Take Your Writing Onstage

After producing hundreds of comedy and spoken word shows and coaching other writers on their material and performance, I went onstage a few times last year to do it myself. … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

28 Tips for Pitching

For tips on what to pitch, see 6 Elements to Include in Your Pitch, then… 1. Use bullet points for things you absolutely have to include. (No more than a … Continue reading

June 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Query Letter Pet Peeves – Agents Speak (from Chuck Sambuchino – via Writers in the Storm)

11 literary agents catalog their pet peeves, including: “Dear Agent…” Vagueness Dull chapter summaries “What would you do if…?” Read the whole article here: http://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/query-letter-pet-peeves-agents-speak/ * * * Awesome art … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

How to Give A Killer Presentation (by TED Curator Chris Anderson)

Like pitching a story to an agent, producer or executive, creating a compelling TED talk involves synthesizing a lot of material into a very small space. TED founder and head … Continue reading

May 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

How To Pitch a Reality TV Show (According to a Reality TV Producer)

I don’t have any direct experience with the TV Writers Vault (anyone?), so I’m not endorsing the site or service, but I thought this conversation was interesting in terms of … Continue reading

April 2, 2013 · 3 Comments

So You Have An Idea For a TV Show? What Does It Take To Actually Sell It?

The actual pitch for an original TV series is usually pretty short – like 10 minutes (See my previous post on pitching a TV series), but you have to do … Continue reading

March 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

6 Elements to Include in Your Original TV Drama Series Pitch (According to a TV Lit Agent)

My friend’s agent supplied the following list/outline to use while the pitch for an original TV series. This is specifically intended to help focus the pitch for a one-hour network … Continue reading

February 25, 2013 · 8 Comments