April 26, 2017
What’s up in May? Bunches. For one thing, we’ll find out whether the WGA and AMPTP come to an agreement on contracts or don’t — if they don’t, screenwriters are going on strike on May 2.
That has me a little tense.
The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Competition deadline hits May 1. Ahhh!
Did you enter?
After you collapse post Nicholl deadline and WGA/AMPTP strike trauma, I’m teaching three master screenwriting classes that begin May 16:
But you might want to grab those seats now if you are planning on attending, I’m seating those classes now.
*There are several other competition deadlines on the horizon to be aware of:
Knock ’em dead.
February 18, 2017
As I type this there are only 9 seats left in Mastering Story Momentum. You might want to hit that before it’s full.
November 5, 2016
Yours truly is teaming up with Stage 32 again to bring you a new Stage 32 Next Level Webinar: Mastering Story Momentum: How to Jump Start Dramatic Tension & Pacing.
Here’s the intro clip.
Hope you can make it.
September 4, 2016
September is mildly crazed because I have two weeks off in late August early September between AFW classes to do just about everything I don’t have time to do while AFW classes are in session. So, it’s time off — with no time off.
This is not a bad thing. Part of what I need to do between classes is re-watch movies for classes and such. And also catch up on movies. Oh the horror! [Not really. This is part of the best part of my job.]
August 25, 2016
I get bored talking about me so let’s talk about something more fun.
Let’s talk about my shoes!
[Not really, my shoes are totally fun.]
Online Master Screenwriting Classes in September.
You know I have to do that right? It is sort of my job.
*Also a beginners screenwriting class with Gotham:
Are you still here? Holding out for the musicians?
You so get the prize.
[I am by the way not telling you why they are my favorites. Don’t be nosy. Jeez.]
You’re welcome, Internetz.
Your Shoe Crazy
January 30, 2016
The January Stage 32 webinar went well. If you could not catch it live, never fear, you can still watch it online on Stage 32: :::CRASH COURSE: WRITING DYNAMIC SCENES:::
Also, if you missed the December Stage 32 webinar, that is still available to watch too: :::CRASH COURSE: HIGH CONCEPT WRITING:::
There is an open seat in the online screenwriting workshop 5150. For more info, hit :::5150 THE WORKSHOP:::
Also, The Screenwriter’s Survival Guide has some fun new reviews over on Amazon. :::CHECK OUT THE NEW AMAZON REVIEWS:::
I am working too hard this month and am sorry I am neglecting you. But —
February is Max Mas yay!
I will for sure be back and posting then.
January 12, 2016
January 6, 2016
The forum is not, technically, all that neglected. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes in private workshop and classroom forums. But the public forum is terribly neglected.
I blame this on the great forum explosion of 2010. There was so much mad scrambling to do damage control and retrieval for the workshop and classes during that melt down, the public forum just got completely left in the scrambled tatters and never picked up again.
But there is a public forum.
It is a bit tragic is is so under utilized.
It exists pretty much entirely in one forum:
You can check out some of the topics if you’re inclined:
January 4, 2016
Every time I create a new class and have blocked it all out, I think I’m incredibly smart planning it out and writing and titling lectures and thinking up assignments and putting together study material and clips. By the time I have the class and lectures and materials outlined and put together I think I’m the cat’s meow, all that figured out and done and done!
But that never works. Not right up front.
It’s just like a script.
I figure it out. I lay it out. I plot it out. I think, THIS TIME, it’s all figured out, THERE WILL BE NO REWRITES!
After it’s all put together the way I thought it would work, I see ways to make it better. And start tearing things out and switching things out and rewriting and reorganizing…
All of which means I just spent the entire weekend rearranging, rewriting, and reorganizing the new January class The First 30 Pages.
What the Hell, Max?
What’s really annoying is it is better.
Dammit! That is not incentive to not do this again!
I wonder if this happens to architects.
It’s easy — okay it is a royal pain but still easier — for me to rip about changing the order of information and words than it is for someone who has just had a cement mixer pour a foundation.
It’s got to be trickier when someone has poured concrete.
Thank you for making me a writer and not an architect.
Those jackhammers and chisels would be the end of me.
Love and Kisses,
Your Favorite No Concrete Adams Girl