Beyond taking your story from blog to book and beyond, this interactive discussion walks you through the steps needed to cull your blog posts and random emails into a cohesive work with a clear beginning, middle, and end, covering: - They key steps to writing a book proposal - How to find a literary agent - How to come upon an inspired idea, and how do you recognize when you've found one - Exploring the most useful writing apps and software - Learning about helpful online brainstorming communities and writing exercises
Started my entertainment career at CAA in 2004 where I was a trainee and then an Agent in the Motion Picture Lit department. I joined Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment as a manager in 2010 and focus on representing writers and directors for film and television.
David Hale Smith is the founder of DHS Literary, Inc., a literary agency and entertainment media management firm in Dallas, Texas. Smith's work on behalf of his clients has been mentioned in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Post, Texas Monthly, and Publishers Weekly. Some projects handled by Smith’s agency are the Los Angeles Times Book Prize-winning thriller ENVY THE NIGHT by Michael Koryta, and the Eisner Award-winning graphic novel WHITEOUT, by Greg Rucka which was adapted as a major motion picture starring Kate Beckinsale.
Michael Jackson Chaney’s films and time based media installations have been exhibited internationally. His short films have been included in numerous domestic and international film festivals including The International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, The Savannah Film Festival, The Black Maria Film Festival, and The Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films.
Born and raised in Mississippi, Michael Jackson Chaney holds a B.F.A. from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and an M.F.A. from Tufts University/The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. He is a professor of Film and Television and Sound Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, USA with an interest in emerging distribution platforms for independent media.
Prior to teaching he worked as a television producer in New York City for clients such as Hearst Publications, the Seagram Company, and the New York Times. He has been a consultant and special events programmers for the Savannah Film Festival since it’s inception in 1998.
Ned Vizzini is the author of three acclaimed young adult books: It's Kind of a Funny Story (now a major motion picture), Be More Chill, and Teen Angst? Naaah.... Ned has spoken at over 200 schools, universities, and libraries around the world about writing and mental health. He writes about books in the New York Times Book Review and the L Magazine. His work has been translated into seven languages.
Ranked the 26th most powerful blogger in the world by The Observer, dubbed “The Carrie Bradshaw of New York bloggers,” by The New York Times, author, screenwriter, and keynote speaker Stephanie Klein is known for her confessional, intimate writing style, fearless honesty, and downright wicked humor.
Along with being profiled in magazines like Elle, Marie Claire, Self, Glamour, Women's Day, People, and Entertainment Weekly, Ms. Klein has been featured on the cover of The New York Times Styles section, USA Today, NY Daily News, countless radio shows, and has appeared on everything from 20/20 ABC News and The Today Show to the Rachel Ray Show and The TV Food Network.
Internationally acclaimed author of the best-selling memoirs Straight Up And Dirty (which she developed for ABC as a half-hour comedy series) and Moose: A Memoir of Fat Camp (which she is currently adapting into a feature film) is also completing her newest memoir about how her downright grueling experiences as a leader in The Girl Scouts of the USA have saved her marriage, friendships, and life.
Klein lives with her husband and pre-schooler twin son and daughter in Austin, Texas, where she blogs about everything from rejection to "relationshits" at stephanieklein.com.
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