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THE TV WRITING INTENSIVE is back!!
CONGRATS! Look at them GO!!
Emmy Lou Diaz took YCL’s Playwriting Intensive Workshop a few years ago. Now she’s working on the CW hit showJane The Virgin. And she co-wrote the episode that airs TONIGHT. I’m so excited for her – and will be hanging out with her to celebrate when it airs live! Go, Emmy Lou!
Caris Vujcec is completing editing on her web series pilot: The Pepper Project. She’s getting ready for a launch screening and will begin taking meetings about ... Read more
by Steve on January 27th, 2015
Pre-production on my web series is in full swing. We start SHOOTING on February 7th! And in between Executive Producer duties, actor prep and my own writing projects, I’ve been helping clients and aspiring writers move ahead.
I’ve been talking a lot lately about zeroing in on YOUR PURPOSE as a writer.
You’re on the planet to do SOMETHING – to answer some question or explore some kind of issue, some flavor of inquiry. Whatever it is, it’s likely a thread in your best writing work. It unites the subjects you’re interested in, and informs the unfolding of your sharpest, juiciest creative work.
It’s also the THING you ought to be talking about when ... Read more
by Steve on January 16th, 2015
January has started with a BANG – as I move toward production of my web series SEND ME. We’re shooting in February, which is right around the corner, and I’m in full Executive Producer mode. That means contract stuff with unions, adding staff, crew and actors and revising my script. And in the midst of it all – writing! Writing other stuff, more stuff, different stuff.
When I’m in the midst of a very public project – one that involves other people and other input – it’s really helpful for me to “sneak” over to a project that no one knows about – and that’s what I’ve been doing. Writing something “under the radar” really feels good.
Why? I think ... Read more
by Steve on December 24th, 2014
One of my favorite ways to spend this time of year is to look back and celebrate. Each year I write a top ten list of accomplishments, creative breakthroughs, most influential people, and artistic adventures. It’s always eye-opening to take in the abundance of the past 365 days. I’m particularly grateful for the crowdfunding campaign for my web series, doing some TV pitching, having a reading of a new play in NY and a writing workshop that I led this week at The Interlochen Academy in Michigan. In two days 20 students wrote short plays from beginning to end. Bill Church, director of Theatre Arts said this about the experience: “The students were positively jazzed by your workshop and very ... Read more
by Steve on December 20th, 2014
It’s that time of year: the Holidays. There are gifts to buy and family to see, parties to attend. In spite of the hustle and bustle of the season, creative people all over the world find themselves slowing down. It may be more difficult to get work done, with all that celebrating going on or with the slow burn that winter brings as your collaborators go out of town.
I’ve been talking with many clients and friends about this. Many of us aren’t interested in slowing down. We want to push through and MAKE something happen. Productivity at all costs.
From that perspective, it’s easy to imagine that we’re going to lose some ground if we participate in the holiday slow ... Read more