South Florida Workshop for Aspiring TV (and Film) Writershttp://www.meetup.com/South-Florida-Workshop-for-Aspiring-TV-and-Film-Writers/http://photos4.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/4/b/4/8/global_204859272.jpeg20130211
This is an introductory workshop for any person interested in writing for TV (and Film) with a particular focus on strategies that might help to break-in, and helping develop an appreciation for what it can take to foster a career as a screenwriter.
A little about me: I'm a native of Miami, born and raised. I went to the University of Florida and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and later, went to MIT's Sloan School of Management, receiving a MBA. I went on to lose a bunch of money foolishly day-trading but had the blessing of a father and brother who were willing to accept me into a family business where I worked as a marketing manager for about six years. At the start of 2006, I resigned from the company and began to think more and more about a career in film. Initially, I thought I would transition into a marketing manager position within the film industry, however, without any entertainment industry experience, I found getting hired in that role with a studio to be more challenging than I expected. The lesson and blessing was that, being put in that circumstance, allowed me to admit I didn't really want a marketing manager position. I wanted to write, and potentially write and direct film. I had for a long time. Jump ahead to 2009, after collaborating on two short films and benefiting from the mentorship of a gentleman who was endeavoring to produce film locally, I figured I'm not getting any younger and move to Los Angeles. I end up living in Los Angeles for about the next three years, where I intern for multiple months at TreeLine Film and Valhalla Motion Pictures, learning more and changing my focus toward writing for television. More recently, I've returned to Miami and have been trying to finish drafts of a few scripts.
What I'm not: Aside from a couple short films, I'm not a produced screenwriter. I haven't accomplished goals of breaking into writing for television or film. I'm very much aspiring, potentially like you. However, I've been endeavoring to do it, for a while now, and perhaps, I'm a little bit further along the learning curve than you are now. If that's the case, I think I can direct you to resources that might help you. Please understand, I'm not going to provide you with any magic solution, you're still going to have to do the work of writing great stories. And, I'm not going to endeavor to give you a prescription for what I believe a script ought to have, to be a great story, primarily because I don't really put credence into there being a formula for a great story. i kinda think screenwriting is a thing you can get better doing by doing it, and by reading scripts, and by watching film/tv, and by gleaning lessons through people who are accomplished screenwriters. I want to connect you to resources and maybe be a resource to you by empathizing, encouraging, and sharing the lessons I've been blessed to receive.
Why I'm doing this: To be perfectly honest, to help generate a bit of an income. However, I don't think I'm the type of person to do something for that reason alone (if that was the case, perhaps I would have given up on trying to make a career of writing a while ago). I've been blessed to learn quite a bit over the last several years, including experiences that have influenced me to adjust my focus along my given journey. I think I've gotten a hint about how challenging it is to break into the entertainment industry as a writer but I've also been listening to quite a few stories from accomplished writers about what the process has involved for them. And, while I've learned that it can be exceptionally challenging, I think it can be done. I want to share the blessing of these lessons with other aspiring writers, perhaps helping you to jump ahead along the learning curve.
What is the value of the workshop: Again, honestly, if you have access to an internet connection (and you obviously do, if you're reading this), you're going to be able to find most, if not all, of the information and resources I'm going to endeavor to provide you with. However, if you're not inclined to research these sources yourself and/or want to hit the ground running, at the workshop I want to provide you with a crib sheet of sorts with the web addresses to my favorite sources of online information specific to writing for film and television. More specifically, I've learned a bunch through the expertise and help of accomplished screenwriters that have shared their expertise online. I want to connect you to those online resources. I want to recommend podcasts that I think you might benefit from listening to, and email newsletters that I think are worth receiving. Plus, I'll do my best to answer any questions you might have which my experiences might help provide insight into. For instance, I can share my decision making process and some of the influencing factors that inclined me to modify my focus from film to tv. And, I can share my thoughts about whether I think moving to L.A. is worthwhile (spoiler alert: I think it's hugely advantageous).
Who might be a good fit for the workshop: If you think writing for film and/or television would be an awesome career but aren't certain how to approach it, you might be a great fit. If you are a playwright, curious about writing for tv and/or film. If you are a filmmaker and/or student, thinking about a career as a screenwriter.
The cost of the workshop: I'm asking for $40 a person. And, I'm inclined to limit each workshop to about ten people. If you are experiencing financial challenges and want to talk about some sort of arrangement, I'm absolutely open to it.