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Writer's Boot Camp - Free Mini-Camp/Teleconference

Free Mini-Camp /Teleconference

"Common First Draft Problems"

Sat. March 11, 10:30am-Noon (PST)

at Writers Boot Camp HQ with Founder Jeffrey Gordon
or via Teleconference from where you live!  

If you are participating Live in LA please RSVP here.

If you are participating via teleconference please RSVP here.

(Please include your email so we can send you instructions for joining.)  

In this informative and enlightening session, Writers Boot Camp Founder Jeffrey Gordon (JG) will identify the common issues inherent on most early drafts by even the most experienced writers, and explain the need for at least 10 specific drafts on your script prior to its submission to industry friends and contacts.

By definition, first drafts are just a start. They lack the explicit "audience experience" and cultivated seamlessness expected in a viable script. Yet too often, motivated by the drive for approval and the desire for feedback, a writer will send out a script too soon. 

Entering our 28th year this month,Writers Boot Camp has been training writers, and seeing them succeed at the highest levels.  In just the past six years alone, nearly 70 alumni have had feature films made--and dozens more are staffed on top series on TV.

The conjoint reality that writers share normal problems in early drafts is actually quite empowering.  While JG will cover about 20 issues, here are seven key topics during the 90-minute Mini-Camp:

--Your Main Character is not active

--The Dynamic Relationship not effectively articulated  --The Adventure lacks stages of encounter and experience  --Thematic implications are underdeveloped

--Story structure is episodic and not layered or compact  --Fresh entertainment does not translate to the page

 --TV pilots are overly introductory and multiple storylines
are not fully imagined

There will also be ample time for your individual questions.

Writers Boot Camp supports writers and filmmakers in the entertainment industry and anyone working on scripts worldwide.  Our Professional Membership includes ongoing creative support following intensive coursework that teaches you to fully develop your material as a professional.

Normally reserved for Professional Members, this event is open to all alumni, invited guests and their friends.  We offer these free Mini-Camps as a service to the industry community and as a method of scouting talented writers who will benefit from what we do. We have limited space, so if you RSVP, please let us know at 310/998-1199 if you have a last-minute conflict and cannot attend. 

Directions to Writers Boot Camp

Bergamot Station Arts Center

2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica CA 90404:

From Cloverfield Blvd go east on Michigan

(Michigan Ave is just north of the 10 freeway, running parallel) Go to the end of the street to the Bergamot Station entrance.

Park inside the lot and walk to the SW corner, Bldg i 

Writers Boot Camp, 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404