Universal Pictures Writers’ Fellowship

Great, memorable movies have become scarce as hell these last few years. Everything is remakes of what was already done. Originality has officially left the building. It’s rare that a beginning screenwriter/director will get shine on the big screen or the television screen. A few such as Lee Daniels and LaShonda Rhimes have slid through and I’m grateful because that is motivation for me but (and you knew there was a but) there isn’t enough good screenwriters. Well aspiring screenwriters listen up because opportunity is knocking at your door with a vengeance.

Universal Pictures (yes that Universal) has set up a writer’s fellowship program for up to five potential writers to work with the studio for a year. They will be able to:

Work on current projects
Pitch original ideas
Attend workshops
Receive mentoring
Interact with top literary agents and
Sit in on Universal’s executive meetings

Starting September 3rd applicants can submit their packets. Only online submissions allowed and only 500 will be accepted. The Writers’ Fellowship Application, a legal release form, resume, 2 letters of recommendations and a statement of purpose answers are what are required. Semi finalists will be asked for a 2nd screenplay. Ten finalists will then be chosen and be interviewed in LA. Finally 5 will be chosen as participants of Universal Pictures Writers’ Fellowship. Visit nbcunicareers.com for full info and good luck!

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

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Monday Mashup

2 agents seeking clients

1. Jessica Negron Talcott Notch Literary. Seeking: YA, adult fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, romance and thrillers

2. Steven Hutson WordWise Media. Seeking: wide range of fiction and nonfiction. NO: erotica, poetry, chainsaw murders, picture books or screenplays

Upcoming Conferences

Midwest Writers Workshops
July 25-27 Muncie, IN

Cape Cod Writers Conference
Aug. 4-9th Cape Cod, MA

Killer Nashville (mystery/crime)
Aug. 22-25 Nashville, TN

American Christian Fiction Writers Conference
Sept. 13-15 Indianapolis, IN

Northern Ohio SCBWI Conference
Sept. 20-21 Cleveland OH

Emerald City Writers Conference
Oct 18-20 Bellevue, WA

WD Conference West
Sept 27-29
L. A., California

Registration open now!

Pricing
All access: earlybird $549 (until 7-19)
                   regular $599
                   onsite $699

Individual: earlybird $449
                   regular $499
                   onsite $599

Sat. Only:   regular $349
                   onsite $449

Self publishing conference only:
                   earlybird $249
                   regular $299
                   onsite $349

Schedule
Friday:

Boot Camp: Writing a Novel                                 They Can’t Put Down

Boot Camp: Pathways to Publication

Main Program

First 10 pgs

Pitch Perfect

Saturday:

From Blog – Agent – Book Deal

Amazon for Authors

Pitch Slam

The Era of Options

Pitch Slam

Dazzling Dialogue

The Writer’s Business Plan

Sunday:

How to Blog a Book

Create Writer Platform

Great Expectations

Closing Keynote

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Writing: From Marketing to Opportunity

DIGITAL DRMs

HarperCollins publishing is giving their authors an opportunity to give out their books before the release. Why? Well for people like me who would love the opportunity to pre-read novels and review them before they are released to the public. Here’s how it will work. HarperCollins will let authors give digital DRM protected copies of books for promotional purposes. Authors will get the QRCode for download at e.HC.com to pass out to selected authors, bloggers, etc. These downloads will only be read through Adobe Digital Editions (Nook and Kobo, but no Kindle – well damn). My suggestion to you? Get real cozy with some authors at HarperCollins and become the go to blogger as well.

Flash that Fiction

Flash fiction is becoming a big thing for the writing industry. I think publishers should capitalize on that but that is just a suggestion. It is a fictional story with 100 words or less. 100wordstory.org is a great place to test out your flash fiction. Go check it out and challenge yourself. This is a great way to prevent writer’s block. If you are writing a novel and cannot figure out the next scene hop on over to get your creative juices flowing. Paste a few in the comment section if you like to give readers a clue to what they are. And most importantly – have fun!

Calling all cute, funny kids!

During the ABFF there will be a casting call for funny kids ranging from the ages of 9-15 years old. So if your kid is funny as hell bring them to the Ritz Carlton Hotel on June 22nd. Register them at nickelodeonmiamiopencall.com to register them. Good luck. Maybe I will see them on a hit nickelodeon show.

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Get Scripted at the Writers Guild

It’s called Craft Your Future: Surviving and Thriving as a Screenwriter and it’s going down Saturday June 29th 10-6p. You would be quite foolish to miss this opportunity to mingle with the big dawgs! Let me give you a little tease of who will be there: John August and Craig Mazin, writers Travis Beacham, Karl Gajdusek, Evan Daugherty, and Edward Ricourt then there is the founder of The Black List Franklin Leonard, director Greg Beal, Matt Dy and more.

Price is $85 and not refundable but why would you want to refund it anyway? Visit wgfoundation.org to sign up!

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Videochatting from BEA authors

Can’t make it to the BEA? I got you! Well actually Shindig gots you. Today and tomorrow watch live chats from over 50 authors. Chick Palahnuik, Ron Hogan, Lynn Rosen are just a few who will be live chatting. RSVP at http://shindig.com/livefrombookexpo

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Literary Monday Mash Up

Happy Memorial Day. I wanna say thank you so much to all that have served and are serving now. I don’t believe you get the honor you deserve. We love you and you’re definitely God’s living angels! Just wanted to get that in first. Hope all of my writers had a productive weekend in between all of that barbequeing and drinking. If not, let me remotivate you with the Indie Next List from Simon & Schuster for May:

The Kings & Queens of Roam Daniel Wallace

Seduction
M. J. Rose

The Ophelia Cut
John Lescroart

Agents seeking you out

William Boggess – Barer Literary
Fiction: strong voices that have authority
Nonfiction: literary memoir, popular science, narrative history and sportswriting
No practical nonfiction, YA or genre romance/thrillers/fantasy

Emma Patterson – Brandt & Hochman
Literary & commercial fiction, women’s fiction, historical fiction, narrative nonfiction, pop culture, memoir, food writing, YA and MG fiction and nonfiction

How about some upcoming conferences? Here you go?

Clarksville Writers Conference
Clarksville, TN – June 6-7
Attending agents: Gina Panterietti and Debbie Carter

“Books In Progress” Writers Conference
Leximgton, KY – June 7-8
Attending agents: Rita Rosenkrazz and Jessica Sinsheimer

Agents/editors Conference
Austin, TX – June 21-23
Attending agents: Sarah Davies, Stacey Glick, Meredith Kaffel, Kirby Kim, Taylor Martindale, Emmanuelle Morgen, Penny Nelson, Marcy Posner, Rita Rosenkranz, Susan Schulmen, Brooks Sherman, Ken Sherman, Becca Stumpf and Rachel Vogel

Jackson Hole Writers Conference
Jackson Hole, WY – June 27-29
Attending agents: Sheree Bykofsky, Chris Parris-Lamb, Stephanie Rostan and Sarah LaPolla

Hunt Country Writers Retreat
Middleburg,  VA – July 5-6
Attending agents: Shannon O’Neill, Jeff Kleinman and Anna Sproul-Latimer

Midwest Writers Workshops
Muncie, IN July 25-27
Attending agents: Sarah LaPolla, Victoria Marini, Amanda Luedeke and John Cusick

Northern Ohio SCBWI Conference
Cleveland, OH Sept 20-21
Attending agents: Linda Epstein and Karen Grencik

Writers Digest Conference West
Los Angeles, CA Sept 27-29
15-25 attending agents

San Francisco Writers Conference
San Francisco, CA Feb 13-16, 2014
Attending agents: 15-20 agents in agent speed dating

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

The Willamette Writers Conference

Registration for the Willamette Writers Conference is officially open.

August 2nd thru the 4th at the Portland Airport Sheraton hotel. I know you’re probably saying why is she telling me this? We’ve never heard of this before.

Well because a) it’s my job to let you know of these events and b) there will be some Hollywood connects there. Over 100 workshops will be available, all focusing on fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, manuscript editing, publishing, pitching, entering writing contests, research, business and some specifically for writers wanting to explore self publishing.

Visit http://willamettewriters.com to register!

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia