What is the secret to writing film and TV scripts and getting them read and sold in Hollywood? Anyone who’s ever wondered that will have a chance to find out at two different meetings in April.
Thursday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to noon, Arizona Professional Writers will sponsor a workshop entitled “Is There a Screenplay in Your Life?” The meeting will take place at Shepherd of the Hills United Church of Christ, 5534 E. Lafayette Boulevard, Phoenix, Arizona. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., allowing time for coffee, pastries and networking.
Conducting the workshop is Katherine Atwell Herbert, the author of “The Perfect Screenplay: Writing It and Selling It,” “Writing Scripts Hollywood Will Love” and “Selling Scripts to Hollywood.” As a writer and script analyst in Los Angeles, Herbert worked for a number of different companies, including Viacom-Showtime (Paramount), Fox Broadcasting, TNT, DeLaurentiis and Lightstorm. She has written several commissioned and noncommissioned feature screenplays, as well as episodes for “Murder She Wrote,” “Quantum Leap” and “Trial by Jury.” Herbert is also the former chair of the film and television program at Scottsdale Community College. Prior to her Hollywood experience, she wrote for magazines, newspapers and radio and was a also a publicist for a live theater.
After Herbert’s presentation, panelists Laurie Fagen and Karen Mueller Bryson will join her for further discussion and to take questions from the audience. Fagen is a former print and broadcast journalist turned screenplay and fiction writer. She is the author of the recently released “Fade Out,” by Short on Time Books. Bryson is an award-winning optioned screenwriter, produced playwright and best-selling author of numerous romance books. She recently sold “The Mustard Seeds,” a faith-based script, to Believe Entertainment.
After the presentation, anyone interested is invited to meet for lunch at 12:30 p.m. at Kitchen 56, located at Indian School Road and 56th St. in Phoenix. Those attending will order from the menu and pay separately.
The workshop is free for APW members, $10 for nonmembers who pay ahead or $15 at the door. R.S.V.P. to email@example.com. Leave a phone number and someone will call for a credit card number or with information about where to mail a check.
A second opportunity to learn about screenwriting will take place Sunday, April 24, 2:30–4:30 p.m., when Herbert will host a class entitled “Turn Your Book into a Screenplay” for the Valley of the Sun chapter of the Society of Southwestern Authors. The meeting will take place at the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road, Tempe, Arizona.
What does a screenplay need to have to become next year’s blockbuster film? Herbert will discuss what script analysts look for and what scriptwriters need to know to get their work read, as well as reasons some scripts get tossed immediately.
The event is free and reservations aren’t necessary. However, after attending two meetings, membership in SSA-VS will be required. The cost is $25 per year. For more information, contact Betty Webb at 480-946-6293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SSA-VS aims to bring together professional writers and those interested in writing at its meetings, which are held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the last Sunday of each month. Each meeting covers a specialized writing topic, such as mainstream novels, historical novels, mysteries, memoirs, romance, fantasy, magazine writing or screenplays.