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Scripting your way to succes

As they pound their keyboards, writers, producers and directors around the world make plans to pitch to the every growing number of companies that will be available at the Screenwriter’s Expo Pitch event.   At the start of the event last year everyone was greeted by the head of the WGA, P. Verrone.

Expo: WGA leader Verrone greeting writers.



No matter what level they are in their careers, everyone who was interviewed from past years stated without a doubt that Expo changed their writing, their style of focusing and their lives.  Several reported networking and contacts that greatly improved their success and more than one sale was made as a result of last year's event. Several new writers even hooked up with representation. Others just grew as writers.  The Golden Pitch, aptly renamed, has over 90 companies  - production and representatives – willing to hear your 10 minute story.

Expo5: pitching a dream



Screenwriting Expo is going to be held Thursday Oct 25  though Sunday Oct 28th at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott and the Renaissance Montura Hotel on Century Blvd. As a writer myself, I wouldn’t miss it.  

This year promises to be better than the last and those were pretty hot.  It’s too late to enter the closed CS contest but it is not too late to register for the writing open where you test your skills against 90 others in three different session.

The mantle of power at the Creative Screenwriting magazine and Expo has changed.  Many of the older classes remain but many things have been added.  There are over now 300 sessions with separate tracks on  producing, comedy, horror, directing, plotting, TV drama, TV sitcom. Improving your pitch, developing stronger characters – villains as well as heroes, improving dialogue, rewriting, beating the blocks, structure, finding the high concepts, adaptations, networking, creating your Hollywood break, and

Bill Donovan, who has recently taken over from the stalwart Erik Bauer (founder of the magazine and the Expo events for the past five years While Erik concentrated on the crème de la crème of writers, directors and producers, these were mostly mainstream studio people.  Bill has stated that he plans to expand the horizon here so that there will be more events appealing to the women of Hollywood.  After all, it is usually the woman who chooses the date movie.

He realized that TV writing was also being sloughed off and since it is mainly the adults who control the remote, the expo and magazine needs to have a separate section on that.

This is not just about writing.  Like a studio -TV or feature - that needs the total package, there are sessions here for directing, producing, doing Indy and well as studio films and below the line talents. Actors turned hyphenate and musicians hoping to score their next big film will also be in attendance.

Expo 5:Goldman and Gilroy interviewing



Too late to enter the closed CS contest but there is still open writing contest awards where you are set up against 90 other writers and given a scene to write.  As each of the three steps is judged many fall out until only one reigns top with a generous reward as well as representation.

The 2007 Expo has courses covering every step that comes AFTER writing, including producing, directing and below the line work.

So come. Find out what does it take to write an Academy Award-worthy script and how winning an Oscar will change your career?   Call 323 957 1405 for more information.  www.ScreenwritingExpo.com

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