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  • Harvardwood Chicago Writers' Meet-up

    Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 05:00 PM

    All writers, genres and specialties are welcome at our monthly writers' meet-up in Chicago! Free to attend. Cash bar, optional menu, sparkling conversation. ​Bring your friends—forward this event link! RSVP below.

    Our seating will be on the right as you face the Cafe. The host or wait staff can point you to Harvardwood's table.


    Harvardwood's Chicago Chapter is creating a space for writers from varied backgrounds to get together and connect in person. Writers in all genres and career stages, from beginner to working professional, are welcome. Playwrights, comedy writers, screenwriters, authors, novelists, poets, content producers... all writers, all genres, any specialty!


  • Harvardwood Heads To... In Your Face (NY) Featuring Baratunde Thurston

    Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 07:30 PM · $25.00 USD
    Merkin Concert Hall

    With Hosts Emily Nussbaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning TV Critic of The New Yorker &  Baratunde Thurston (above), The Daily Show and Author of the New York Times Best-Seller "How to Be Black"


    Steve Rattner —  in-house economist on “Morning Joe”
    Julian Velard  —  singer-songwriter, “New York—I Love It When You’re Mean”
    Peter Ackerman — Producer of the FX series "The Americans" with the fourth Chapter of our serialized novella “Author to Come”
    Annabelle Gurwitch — Author of “Wherever You Go, There They Are”

    In Your Face – New York captures the spirit, the energy, the music, noise and creativity of this capital of the world. The show comes to Merkin Concert Hall after sell-out performances at St. Ann’s Warehouse and Symphony Space. It’s a live performance extravaganza and also a video/audio podcast that features the best of New York’s actors, writers, musicians and more. Previous episodes have featured Isaac Mizrahi, Mo Rocca, novelist Nicole Krauss, Tony-winner Sarah Jones, Bob Balaban, New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast and WNYC’s Brian Lehrer. Music is led by jazz legend Jay Leonhart and the 1-Train Band.

  • Harvardwood Heads To... The PA Academy - Spring 2018

    Saturday, June 02, 2018 at 08:00 AM through June 03, 2018 · $160.00 USD
    PC&E in Atlanta, GA

    This two day, bootcamp-style Production Assistant workshop is perfect for those just starting their career in the industry as well as those looking to advance their knowledge of what it takes to succeed as an office or on-set production assistant working on commercials, industrials, music videos, independent films, television series and studio features.

    Training includes but is not limited to:

    • Production terminology and paperwork
    • Film crew titles and job descriptions
    • Department duties and responsibilities
    • Office and set etiquette - Dos and Don’ts
    • How a typical day proceeds - from commercials and music videos to features and television
    • Locking up the set, distribution, and petty cash
    • Walkie protocol, terminology and sign out
    • Setting up video village, extras holding, and supporting your AD tea

    We discuss gear and kits, provide hands-on equipment training, share resume tips, and where to find experience as well as paid work. Learn how successful office and set PAs as well as DGA assistant directors got into the business, what they look for when they hire PAs, their tips for success, and how to avoid their pet peeves. This bootcamp simulates a typical day on set to prepare new PAs for their first job, and more experienced PAs the knowledge and training they need to up their skills and compete in the fast paced and growing Georgia film industry. But this workshop isn’t just for PAs. It’s for anyone looking to work in the business from camera to G&E and wardrobe to craft service. All the same protocol, terminology, and hiring practices exist no matter where you start your career.

    All students who finish the two day workshop are listed on the GPP member only website database, and offered internship and paid work opportunities for at least two years through a secret PB page that only these students and Producer Linda Burns can access for networking and mentorship. This workshop serves as a fundraiser for Atlanta Film Society and Georgia Production Partnership, supporting education and outreach, and film tax incentive lobbying efforts.

    You must be 18+ to enroll.


    Producer Linda Burns runs The PA Academy with the help of Georgia’s best DGA ADs, office and set PAs, and crew working full-time in the industry. Each workshop offers a fresh and unique perspective to the students, with an ever-changing group of instructors and guest speakers. For questions regarding this workshop, go to The PA Academy website or contact Linda with PA ACADEMY in the subject line. For more information, visit Linda Burns's Instructor Page.

  • Come see Amy Aquino AB '79 and enjoy a Buffet Dinner, plus a pre-show conversation with one of the directors and prime seats at the South Coast Repertory Theater for the award-winning play, The Sisters Rosenweig, written by Wendy Wasserstein. Seats will be center section, P.

    The New York Times wrote of this play “…a captivating look at three uncommon women and their quest for love, self-definition and fulfillment. But underlying the comedy is an empathetic concern for the characters and for the prospects of women today." 

    This event will also include a conversation with one of the Directors of this production prior to the performance. Dinner, prime seats and a conversation with one of the directors to this award-winning play are being made available only to the members of the Harvard Club of Southern California and their guests.

  • Harvardwood Heads To... SHATTERED GLASS

    Sunday, June 03, 2018 at 03:00 PM · $12.00 USD

    Please join Harvard alum, Kelley Johnson Purcell, for the multimedia stage presentation, SHATTERED GLASS.  In the age of #timesup and #metoo, SHATTERED GLASS tells the story of Shairi, a woman who uses her art to stand triumphant in the face of abuse, taking the audience on a journey of transcendence while capturing the resilience of the human spirit.

    SHATTERED GLASS is part of the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival!  Attend SHATTERED GLASS on any of the following dates:

    June 3 - 3pm (discount tix available for the opening show!)

    June 9 - 4:30pm

    June 15 - 6pm

    June 21 - 6pm

    June 23 - 1:30pm

    Learn more about SHATTERED GLASS at www.shatteredglassshow.com or email Kelley at info@shatteredglassshow.com.  Purchase tickets for the dates above at http://hff18.org/5267.

  • Harvardwood Meet-up at the Black List DC Happy Hour

    Wednesday, June 06, 2018 at 05:00 PM
    Across the Pond in Washington, DC

    The Black List is creating social hubs for writers around the world where they can meet other screenwriters and discuss the craft and the reality of the screenwriter's life. So join your fellow writers at the DC happy hour! Come to enjoy the drinks and the company. You never know who you might meet!

    This event is free and open to the public (cash bar). RSVP at the link below.

    See the cover story on Black List founder Franklin Leonard AB ’00 in the July-August 2016 Harvard Magazine—and Harvardwood's profile from a few years ago!

    The Black List, an annual survey of Hollywood executives' favorite unproduced screenplays, was founded in 2005. Since then, more than 319 Black List scripts have been produced, grossing over $26 billion in box office worldwide. Black List movies have won 51 Academy Awards from 264 nominations, including four of the last nine Best Picture Oscars and ten of the last twenty Best Screenplay Oscars.

    In October of 2012, the Black List launched a unique online community where screenwriters make their work available to readers, buyers and employers. Since its inception, it has hosted more than 40,000 screenplays and teleplays and provided more than 65,000 script evaluations. As a direct result of introductions made on the Black List, dozens of writers have found representation at major talent agencies and management companies, as well as sold or optioned their screenplays. In only three years, a half dozen films have been produced from scripts introduced on the website including Golden Globe nominated NIGHTINGALE, starring Dave Oyelowo.

    Currently, the Black List hosts over 2,600 scripts for consideration by over 3,500 film industry professionals ranging from agency assistants, to studio and network presidents, to A-list actors and directors.

  • Harvardwood Heads To... Writing the Script That Changes Your Life

    Saturday, June 09, 2018 at 02:00 PM
    live teleconference

    With the current explosion of original TV pilots being bought and produced, and the feature spec market finally starting to show signs of life, there's never been a better time to jump into the writing game.

    In the past three years, 78 of my students have sold spec scripts, with dozens more getting staffed on such shows as Community, The Fosters, Bones, Justified, Mozart in the Jungle, Rosewood, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Treme, Jane the Virgin, Playing House, Chicago Fire, The Mentalist, The Blacklist, BoJack Horseman, Pretty Little Liars and The Leftovers.

    If you're serious about launching your career, I invite you to attend a free Master Class detailing what kinds of scripts are most in demand in the current marketplace, and a proven game plan for successfully writing them.

    Seats are limited, so grab your spot today.

    What You'll Learn

    • The specific skills needed to give you the best possible chance at success
    • What you need to do to get signed by an agent or manager
    • Why most scripts are rejected
    • How to get the right people to read your script
    • What to do if you don't live in LA
    • The 3 questions executives will ask about your script that you need to know how to answer
    • How to avoid the most common mistakes that can sink your chances

    About the Instructor

    Corey Mandell is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who has written projects for Ridley Scott, Wolfgang Petersen, Harrison Ford, John Travolta, Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, Warner Brothers, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Family, Working Title, Paramount, Live Planet, Beacon Films, Touchstone, Trilogy, Radiant, Kopelson Entertainment and Walt Disney Pictures.

    What Others Are Saying

    "When I get in trouble with a story, there are only two sources to which I turn for help – and Corey is one of them."
    – PAUL HAGGIS, two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director (Crash, Million Dollar Baby, Casino Royale)

    "Corey’s classes provide exercises which reinforce fundamentalelements needed to create a strong script. If you are committed to becoming a better writer his class can help you."
    – JENNIFER SOSKIN, Director of Development and Production at HBO Films

    "The skills I’ve learned from Corey have become my secret weapon in the writer’s room and one of the best things that have ever happened to my career. Anyone that has the opportunity to take his courses – consider yourself one of the lucky ones. I know I do."
    – TAMARA CARTER, writer on HBO's The Leftovers

  • Harvardwood Heads To... Meg LeFauve: A Storyteller's Master Class

    Saturday, June 09, 2018 at 03:00 PM · $100.00 USD
    GreatCo HQ in Los Angeles, CA

    You are invited to join us for "A Storyteller's Master Class" with Academy Award nominated Meg LeFauve, writer of "Inside Out" and "The Good Dinosaur." This event is a fundraiser for the CineStory Foundation.

    Founded in 1995, CineStory Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is dedicated to nurturing new screenwriting talent through its annual screenwriting contest, retreat, and fellowship. These programs are aimed at writers with a high level of craft who are ready to enter the industry. 

    CineStory Foundation is based in Los Angeles with a retreat center in Idyllwild, California, but the contest and retreat are open to international screenwriters.

    Each year CineStory Foundation connects with screenwriters through its annual competition, the CineStory Screenwriting Awards. Semifinalists, finalists and winners of the CSAs become eligible to attend retreats and are considered for the fellowship prize.

  • Harvardwood Heads To... IVY Entertainment's Summer Power Networking Mixer

    Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 07:00 PM · $20.00 USD
    Ocean Prime in Beverly Hills, CA

    You are invited to mix, mingle, and celebrate the summer at an exclusive entertainment industry professional power networking mixer. Expand your network by mixing with entertainment industry professionals from Yale, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, U. Penn, and Dartmouth. CEAN PRIME is a modern American restaurant and lounge from renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell. OCEAN PRIME delivers an extraordinary experience to guests: stunning settings and a vibrant energy, an impressive menu, signature cocktails, a Wine Spectator-honored wine list and truly genuine hospitality.

  • Harvardwood Presents FASHION & BEAUTY: A Tour of the Metropolitan Museum

    Friday, June 15, 2018 at 06:15 PM · $50.00 USD
    Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY

    Welcome, PennNYC members!  We're looking forward to meeting you and sharing this event!

    This tour is about everything glamorous—from the grand hairdos of Imperial Rome to the outrageous wigs of the court at Versailles, from gold ear spools in pre-Columbian America to neck rings in Africa and Southeast Asia, and from 300 years of torturous corsets to 3000 years of gorgeous cosmetics.  Fashion-and-beauty.jpgWe'll look at fashion from head to toe, and in between as well—just what did Victorian women wear underneath those giant hoops? We'll look at men, too—what was up with those powdered wigs, white makeup, foppish ruffs, and those, um, codpieces? Why did French courtiers wear foot-high wigs? Were beauty spots really used to cover up syphilis? And how did bicycles transform how women dressed and lived?

    Our guide Andrew Lear is a world authority on sex in Ancient Greece and a scholar of sexuality throughout the ages. He has taught English literature and Italian at Harvard, and Classics at Columbia, Pomona College, and NYU, and is the co-author of the definitive work on male-male love in Greek vase painting Images of Ancient Greek Pederasty: Boys Were Their Gods. Andrew is the Founder and President of Shady Lady Tours, devoted to exploring the fascinating hidden secrets behind the world's great art.

    Advance registration is REQUIRED—no tickets will be sold at the event. Limited to just 21 people, so early registration is strongly recommended! 

    Cost: $50

    For dues-paying members of Harvardwood ("Full Members" and "Friends of Harvardwood"), we have a special reduced price of $40.

    Note that much of the tour price goes to support the Metropolitan Museum. 
    The tour will be admitted as a group, so you don't need to get an admission ticket to the Museum.

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase tickets   $40.00 Members & Friends

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