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From sell-out panels to one-on-one interviews, the Writers Guild Foundation follows every major writer and trend in film and TV. Check out our collection of over 80 not-to-be-missed titles.

Notes on Craft 2012: Dialogue and Scene

Notes on Craft 2012: Dialogue and Scene

$10.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Oct 25, 2012

Join our panelists Susannah Grant (ERIN BROCKOVICH), Peter Tolan (ANALYZE THIS) and other guests (to be announced) as they discuss how to create conversations that keep people reading.

Notes on Craft 2012: Characters

Notes on Craft 2012: Characters

$5.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Oct 18, 2012

NOTE: Susannah Grant has been moved to the DIALOGUE AND SCENE panel on Oct. 25.

Join our panelists Jim Kouf (GRIMM), Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott (RUNAWAY BRIDE) and Will Reiser (50/50), as they discuss the creation of compelling, realistic characters.

Notes on Craft 2012: Adaptation

Notes on Craft 2012: Adaptation

$10.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Oct 11, 2012

Join us as we spend an evening discussing exactly what it takes to turn a book, a play, a graphic novel or a series of hilarious commercials into a cohesive script. You’ll hear from Stephen Chbosky (THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER), Robin Swicord (MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA) and Robert Nelson Jacobs (CHOCOLAT).

Notes on Craft 2012: Story and Structure

Notes on Craft 2012: Story and Structure

$5.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Oct 4, 2012

Structure is vital to your screenplay. Think about every movie you’ve ever loved. Now remove the structure, and see what happens: Rick Deckard bumbles around for sixty pages before meeting a replicant, or you find out who Keyser Soze is during the first five minutes, or Woody and Buzz don’t even meet until the last quarter of Act Two. If there even is an Act Two. You get the idea.

Panelists include Lem Dobbs (HAYWIRE), Stephen Gaghan (TRAFFIC) and David Seidler (THE KING’S SPEECH).

Dan Petrie, Jr. (BEVERLY HILLS COP) will moderate the discussion.

Notes on Craft 2012: Premise and Concept

Notes on Craft 2012: Premise and Concept

$5.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Sep 27, 2012

Before you have a story, you have to know what the story is about. Who are your characters? What kinds of situations will you place them in? What kicks off the plot? What problem needs to be solved?

Every story needs a reason it’s a story, and not just a bunch of characters milling around aimlessly. Join us for a discussion of how to create a premise that moves your plot forward and gives your characters a set of goals.

Join the discussion as Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel (Parenthood) and Zak Penn (ALPHAS) talk about generating concepts that work.

Dan Petrie, Jr. (BEVERLY HILLS COP) will moderate the discussion.

Writers on Genre 2012: Comedy and Romantic Comedy

Writers on Genre 2012: Comedy and Romantic Comedy

$5.00    Date: Jul 26, 2012

Nothing beats a good belly laugh, unless it’s a laugh that encompasses the rest of your body as well. And when you’re watching a truly great comedy or romantic comedy, you feel the laughter echoing through every inch of your body, and remember it for years to come.

For the final panel of our WRITERS ON GENRE series, we’ve assembled a collection of comedic experts who can provide valuable intel on creating good stories full of jokes that’ll keep the house in stitches. The panel will be moderated by Dan Petrie, Jr. (BEVERLY HILLS COP, TURNER & HOOCH).

Writing For Television 2012

Writing For Television 2012

$25.00 per panel    Date: Jul 21, 2012

At WRITING FOR TELEVISION 2012, you’ll be in the room with writers, agents and executives with years of experience and expertise. They’ll discuss every aspect of the craft, from writing to pitching to breaking in and staying in.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

Writers on Genre 2012: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Writers on Genre 2012: Science Fiction and Fantasy

$5.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Jul 19, 2012

Does the thought of a star freighter with an ion pulse drive fill you with glee? Do you get shivers when you think about quantum entanglements and closed timelike curves? Then the Science Fiction and Fantasy installment of our WRITERS ON GENRE series is for you.

The fourth evening of our series brings together a selection of celebrated writers of science fiction, fantasy and superhero stories, in a discussion about creating strange new worlds, moderated by Dan Petrie, Jr. (BEVERLY HILLS COP, THE BIG EASY)

Writers on Genre 2012: Drama and True Stories

Writers on Genre 2012: Drama and True Stories

$5.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Jul 12, 2012

A good true-life story stays faithful to the facts and the characters real while keeping the story moving. And great drama keeps you riveted to your seat. Both have one thing in common: They need to be about fascinating people in relatable circumstances.

Writers on Genre 2012: Horror and Psychological Thriller

Writers on Genre 2012: Horror and Psychological Thriller

$FREE    Date: Jul 5, 2012

If you think hunkering down in a darkened house to watch a creepy horror movie is a scary proposition… try writing one.

But we’re here to help! We’ve gathered some of the spookiest names in horror and thriller screenwriting, all together on one night, from newcomers to long-time veterans. The panel will be moderated by Dan Petrie, Jr. (THE BIG EASY, TOY SOLDIERS)

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