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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No Sympathy For B&N Stores

Why do I feel like saying ha-ha every time I hear about this? I’m so wrong for it but in the words of my baby daddy, ‘revenge is a bitch’!

I do feel sorry for the custumers that have gotten their financial info stolen from the hackers that hacked into B&N in September however it does make me wonder how many of those hacked customers were once Borders customers who B&N stole without notifying them to say hey by the way we own Borders which mean we have your information they had on file or asking for that matter if they wanted B&N to take them on as a customer. It was such a bad PR move, I truly hope they fired that person. Now everything came back in full circle. B&N you might wanna think before you do some grimy ish next time…..just sayin.

Peace and luv!

J.K. Rowling Does Magic Trick With Debut Adult Novel

Must be nice to have so much clout as a writer that if you don’t want your story previewed by the public you do not have to and still be in demand. That is how J.K. Rowling, Ms Harry Potter herself, has it.

September 27th should be coined J.K. Rowling Day. Since letting everyone know she will be working on an adult genre fiction the buzz about it became vicious. How she is able to keep it wrapped up is beyond me with all the hackers and money hungry snitches within celebrity’s camps is beyond me.

Is she doing too much with keeping it under wraps?

There is some positive and negative aspects to this. Keeping the novel under CIA wraps creates a buzz like no other, but only if you are an established author, you cannot do that coming out unless you have a concept that is genius. The demand for the novel before its debut lets the author know how much fans love them. Two million copies have been put in print. Only fifteen people in the US have been special enough to view the book.

The downfall to this is the pressure to come with it. You suck and that can damage future sales and fans. Can she bring the phenomenal work that she did in the Harry Potter series to The Casual Vacancy? Technically she is considered a new author in this genre.

Something different about the debut is that ebooks will be available unlike before. She doe not care too much about that format, neither do I but looking at in a business light it is genius. Everybody has some kind of ereader so it is best to accomodate them. The e-version will be $19.99 while the physical format will be $35.

The Casual Vacancy will debut September 27th!

Peace and luv!

The Underworld Film Festival

BET and HBO will sponsor the 16th annual Underworld Film Festival September 19th thru the 23rd in the NYC. Starting on September 5th advance tickets will be made available. Individual tickets are $15 and will give you access to single screenings. Tickets for the Opening and Closing night films are extremely limited so hurry and get them. The Opening movie has not been announced yet but Middle of Nowhere, directed by Ava DuVernay, is the Closing movie for the featival. This chick is fierce if you do not know about her, Google her.

Besides that you can peep out the narrative features, documentary
features and narrative shorts on the Urban World.

Support indie directors and writers because we need them to change what we see on films and tv, the reused garbage out now needs to be dead.

Peace and luv!

Writer’s Advance By LitChat

English: South Beach, Florida

English: South Beach, Florida (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a writing stump? Or maybe you just need to do some freshening on your craft well then pack your bags to hit up South Beach, Florida.

On September 16th (my son’s birthday just in case you wanted to know) thru the 19th at the Betsy Hotel LitChat will host its first Writer’s Advance conference. Days filled with information, tips and workshops for you to digest so good when you get back nothing but greatness will flow out of that brain of yours.

Each participant will get 2 sessions with a master instructor, writing time, 2 read and critique sessions, panel discussions and public reading series. The hotel will give participants coffee and tea breaks along with group dinners.

Now about that cost. You knew it was coming.

For the early bird tuition it is $250; you save yourself a hundred dollars from the price if you wait to pay at the door ($350). Between August 2nd thru September 15th the cost is $300.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again take advantage of events such as this; unfortunately I have not gone to any conferences due to lack of transportation and funds but that should not stop you from getting connected, networking and getting discovered. For those like me what can you do to network and rub elbows with some authors?

  • search online for free writing classes (yes they do exist)
  • carpool with a group (this may lower the pay as well)
  • go where the author’s are online; reading an author’s blog or website or subscribing to their newsletter can give you much insight on what you should expect and be doing.

Reserve your spot asap because there are only a few slots for this.

Peace and luv!

 

Writer’s Digest Competitions

Readers Digest New Logo

Readers Digest New Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I know I’ve posted this before but it’s always a good thing to remind my readers of competitions or conferences you might have been interested in but may have forgotten, so here are a few to put in your smartphone:

  • Self Published Awards – Deadline is April 20th
  • Annual Competition – Deadline is May 1st
  • Popular Fiction Competition – Deadline is Sept 14th
  • Short Short Story Competition – Deadline is Nov 15th
  • Poetry Awards – Deadline is Dec 3rd

Peace and luv!

Banned Books

Cover of "The Absolutely True Diary of a ...

Cover via Amazon

This week the State of America’s Libraries Report for 2012 was released. Well what the hell is that you ask? It’s pretty much a really long document explaining the effects of literacy in the school systems, what can be done about the literacy problem as well as banned books which leads me to this list. These books were challenged based on the content however thanks to a lot of librarians, teachers, and booksellers they prevented it from happening. I’ve included the reasons why parents, etc wanted each one banned.

  1. ttyl; ttfn; 18y, g8r written by Lauren Myracle. It’s said to have offensive language, religious viewpoints, sexually explicit and is unsuited for the age group it was intended for.
  2. The Color of Earth written by Kim Dong Hwa. It has nudity, sex education, sexually explicit and is unsuited to age group assigned to.
  3. The Hunger Games written by Suzanne Collins said to have anti-ethnic, anti-family, insensitive subjects, offensive language, occult/satanic behavior and violent.
  4. My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-to-Month Guide To Pregnancy written by Dori Hillestad Butler has nudity, sex education, sexually explicit content and u nsuited for age group.
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian written by Sherman Alexie and it has offensive language, racism, religious viewpoints, sexually explicit content and unsuited to age group intended for.
  6. Alice written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and it has nudity, offensive language with religious viewpoints.
  7. Brave New World written by Aldous Huxley has insensitive topics, nudity, racism, religious viewpoints and sexually explicit situations.
  8. What My Mother Doesn’t Know written by Sonya Sones has nudity, offensive language and sexually explicit content.
  9. Gossip Girl(now I do agree with this one) written by Cecily Von Ziegesar has drugs, offensive language and racism.
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee and it has offensive language and racism.

Now Banned Books Week (yes there is such a thing) is hosted by ALA to celebrate the freedom to read and the First Amendment. It is usually held on the last week of September. This year will be the first year BBW will go virtual as well.

Peace and luv!