Conventions of the Screenplay

For those of you interested, tomorrow starts my 8-week online screenwriting class, “Conventions of the Screenplay,” through Screenwriters University. See the full description at:
http://swu.register.fwmedia.com/Course?CourseId=7016-4&utm_source=SUPromo&utm_medium=wid&utm_campaign=kahsuwid022014

My Upcoming Conferences

GLAWS – February 8-9, 2014
The Greater Los Angeles Writers’ Society – Genre LA
Los Angeles Valley College

http://www.wcwriters.com/sponsors/sponsors.html

San Miguel Writer’s Conference 2014 – February 13-17

Conference on Creative Writing at Pacific – June 20-22
University of the Pacific – Stockton Campus

Teaching New Online Class

I am teaching a new Writer’s Digest 12-week session, “Creative Writing 101,” starting October 17, 2013. If interested, go to the following link for more information:

http://wdu.register.fwmedia.com/Course?CourseId=1120-2&utm_source=WDUPromo&utm_medium=wid&utm_campaign=wdukrwid101113

Can You Really Become a Writer?

Read my blog posted on the Writer’s Digest website and find how you can go from a wannabe to a writer.

Available Classes

For those of you asking where they can take a class from me, here are a few of the classes and workshops I have scheduled.

Writer’s Digest University Online – “Creative Writing 101″ August 22 thru November 14. This is a 12-week course.

Screenwriter’s University (part of Writer’s Digest) – “Conventions of the Screenplay: Formatting, Dialogue, Imagery and Genre” August 29 – September 19. This is an 8-week course.

Writer’s Digest West 2013 Conference – “The Writer’s Compass: Using Story Maps to Build Better Fiction”September 29, 9:00-9:50 am.

Conejo Valley Writer’s Group – October 12.

GLAWS Digital Author and Self-Publishing Conference – October 12-13.

Conejo Adult School – 2 classes over 2 Saturdays, October 19 & 26, “The Writer’s Compass” 9:30 am to 12:30 pm,  and “Seven Stages of Revision” 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

Writers of Kern, Bakersfield – November 2 & November 23, contact me for more info.

So. California Writers Association Workshop – January 18, 2014, contact me for more info.

San Miguel Writer’s Conference, San Miguel, Mexico – February 12-17, 2014.

Time To Write

One of the faculty at the Graziadio School at Pepperdine suggested starting a group to encourage academic writing. Several of us thought it was a good idea. He referred me to a great book, How to Write a Lot, by Paul J. Silvia, PhD. The book is actually about developing a plan to write directed to psychologists who need to do more academic writing. However, it’s a small book, written at a very readable level, and has several ideas useful to all writers for getting your writing on track and staying there.

I write about writing time and issues and I read a lot of information on this topic, but this book had basic suggestions I thought were useful and applicable to all types of writing. If you are serious about writing, but having a hard time getting/staying on track, this book might help you.

He offers information on starting an academic writing group, which might help your with your own writing group. You will also find a free pdf on guidelines for critique groups.

Happy writing.

More on Self-Publishing

Check out my post on thewriterscompass.com for more on self-publishing.

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