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Writers’ Insights is a monthly workshop designed to help you gain better understanding of your writing. A friendly environment and wonderful moderator where participants will bring 10 pages of their work (please bring enough copies for all attendees) to read aloud as a group. Constructive feedback is given as to how the readers experienced your story...what worked well, where clarity may be needed and possible solutions for a rewrite. We will cap the readings at 4 participants per meeting so everyone get equal time. Please reply in comments if you plan on bringing pages. Bonus: A monthly addition to your writer’s toolbox will be included...how to tackle challenges writers face such as the Note-within-a-note, Writer’s Block, Protecting Your Writing Time, Resources for Writers, etc. Grab a cup of coffee and your 10 pages and come join us for a relaxing time while gaining insight to your writing.
EARLY BIRD PRICING - Sign up by Nov 15th and pay only $49 (and $39 for paid PSA members). If you sign up after Nov 15th, the prices increase to $54 (and $44 for paid PSA members). So you've written a script, had it read at In The Works, table reads maybe you've even placed in screenplay competitions and now you're ready to test the waters in Hollywood...what do you do now? How do you go from point A (scripts finished) to point B (representation)? The Hollywood landscape is constantly evolving...every year it seems like the rules change. What was the way last year is no longer valid. What's a writer to do? Can you even make a living in today's Hollywood? Join us Feb 1st, 2020 at Scottsdale Community College as we welcome Chris Sablan, manager/owner of Avenue220 to PSA**. Chris Sablan will discuss the ever changing landscape of literary representation and how to successfully navigate the choppy waters of Hollywood today. Chris will touch on the following topics: * How Hollywood works today * How things get sold, * Ideas for finding representation * How to prepare for a Hollywood meeting * How do you get your finished film into hands of distributors * and more... About Chris Sablan: Avenue 220 was founded by Chris Sablan. Chris graduated from the University of Southern California where he studied Marketing and Film. Just out of college, he was hired by Fox Marketing Latin American Channels as a Creative Services Specialist. Shortly after, Chris produced the independent film thriller NO TURNING BACK. The film ended up winning several awards including the ALMA Award (The Latin Version of the Oscars) for best independent film. Chris was an agent for over 16 years. He began his representation career as an assistant at APA (Agency for the Performing Arts). He worked his way through the ranks, transitioning to The Gersh Agency and became an agent at Genesis which was acquired by Paradigm. He then moved to Original Artists, the premiere boutique literary agency in Hollywood. At Original Artists, Chris sold several high profile screenplays and pitches including BATES MOTEL (A&E), MET GALA HEIST (New Line), THE GARDEN (Fox Animation) and many more. He also successfully launched many screenwriter’s careers and represented clients involved with projects including NON-STOP (Universal), RAMPAGE (New Line), SAW (Lionsgate), JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (New Line) and many more. Chris has had several clients on the prestigious annual Black List. In addition to representing highly sought after writers and directors, Chris formed a film sales department at Original Artists where he represented films for distribution. Every film he represented obtained a distribution offer including the low budget Slamdance Film Ghost Team One which he sold to Paramount Pictures. Originally from Spain and completely fluent in Spanish, Chris has been able to tap talent and projects at an international level. Chris has also been a judge for prestigious screenplays contests including UCLA and Tracking B. He has been a guest speaker at UCLA and USC and currently teaches a class at UCLA. **This event is being supported in part by Arizona Commission on the Arts which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts
Writers’ Insights is a monthly workshop designed to help you gain better understanding of your writing. A friendly environment and wonderful moderator where participants will bring 10 pages of their work (please bring enough copies for all attendees) to read aloud as a group. Constructive feedback is given as to how the readers experienced your story...what worked well, where clarity may be needed and possible solutions for a rewrite. We will cap the readings at 3 writers per session. Writers will bring 6 copies, ( you may have to read more than 1 character.) All characters should be marked /Highlighted before the workshop. Writer will present 12 pages to workshop. It is best to start with the TITLE, a LOGLINE, and pages 1-12. Each writer will get 30 minutes to present the material and receive feedback. Workshop areas will include but not limited to: Title, Logline, page 1, pacing, introduction of characters, scene advancement, genre, relationship between characters, dialogue, subtext, twists, setup and payoff and others. Be sure to understand your Genre. First time participants will not present material but may be included in the workshop portion. Please respond in the comment section if you are bringing pages.
Join us every 2nd Wednesday of the month at Vines & Hops in Scottsdale for some fine wine and fun times. Meet new members and catch up with old friends as we talk shop and network. Whether you are a writer, an actor, a filmmaker...come out and meet others in the film industry. Bring your friends...bring your colleagues or just bring yourself...but whatever you do...DON'T miss out.