Harvardwood has announced its Writers Competition winners and Most Staffable TV Writers List. This year, every category is led by a writer from an under-represented group. Although the winners are chosen via a blind judging process, Harvardwood's writers programs and competition have always had a far more diverse population than any WGA statistics on TV writers’ rooms or feature projects. “Harvardwood has strived to support new voices in the industry, and we are proud to see those efforts reflected in our competition winners,” says President Allison Kiessling.
We are now accepting submissions to the 2018 Harvardwood Writers Competition!
Industry professionals, with support from the Harvardwood Board of Directors, will evaluate all scripts entered to determine the winner and two runners up from each category. Results will be announced in late 2019.Read more
International speaker Jen Grisanti is an acclaimed Story/Career Consultant at Jen Grisanti Consultancy Inc., Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC, former 12-year studio executive, including VP of Current Programming at CBS/Paramount, blogger for The Huffington Post and author of the books, Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story and TV Writing Tool Kit: How To Write a Script That Sells and her new book, Change Your Story, Change Your Life: A Path To Your Success.
Grisanti started her career in 1992 as an assistant to Aaron Spelling, who served as her mentor for 12 years, and she quickly climbed the ranks and eventually ran Current Programs at Spelling Television Inc., covering all of Spelling’s shows including Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place and Charmed. In 2004, Grisanti was promoted to Vice President of Current Programs at CBS/Paramount where she covered numerous shows, including Medium, Numbers, NCIS, 4400 and Girlfriends.
In January 2008, Grisanti launched Jen Grisanti Consultancy Inc., a highly successful consulting firm dedicated to helping talented writers break into the industry. Drawing on her experience as a studio executive where she gave daily notes to executive producers/showrunners, Grisanti personally guides writers to shape their material, hone their pitches and focus their careers. Since launching the consulting firm, Grisanti has worked with over 700 writers specializing in television, features and novels. Due to her expertise and mentorship, sixty-five of her writers have staffed on television shows and twenty-eight have sold pilots, four that that went to series.
Grisanti has taught classes for the TV Writers Summit (in LA, London and Israel), The TV Writers Studio (in Australia), Story Expo, The Big Island Film Festival, Chicago Screenwriters Network, Scriptwriters Network , Screenwriting Expo, the Great American Pitchfest, the Northwestern Screenwriter’s Guild in Seattle, and the Alameda’s Writer’s Group. In addition, she has served on panels for the WGA, iTVFest, UFVA, PGA and The Writer’s Bootcamp, telling her story to inspire others.
Grisanti attended USC where she received a B.A. in Communications.
Among the services offered by Jen Grisanti Consultancy are:
I will give comprehensive notes on television/feature scripts to get you the attention of agents/managers as well as executives/producers who are hiring. I can take you from story concept to outline to script. If you have a finished script, I will give you notes that will help you make it the best that it can be.
The pilot script is one of the most challenging scripts to write. I have several services involving the pilot writing process starting with the pitch. In a one hour session, I will hear between 3-5 pitches and help you to figure out which are your strongest concepts with regards to the current market. Then, I will guide you with breaking the story for your pilot, writing the concept sheet, the outline and the script. We can work on any one of these areas or all of them. If you already have your pilot script written but would like to develop it further or get feedback, I have consults starting at this phase.
Pilot Consults – Fees start at $500.00. (Sample proposals are listed under subpage, Proposals.)
With packages ranging from 4-8 weeks of weekly one-hour meetings, you will finally get your best scripts out of your head and on to the paper.
If you book 4 weeks of coaching, it will include 4 meetings/calls up to an hour in length, including coverage on one script. It will be $400.00 per meeting for TV. For a feature script, it is $500.00 per meeting.
The coaching consults include going over pitching, meeting skills and log lines in addition to notes.See more at: http://www.jengrisanti.com/services/#sthash.NICncg1P.dpuf
Estimated Value: $350
Starting Bid: $150
Bid Increments: $15
Get a script consultation (consulting + editing) from Dolly Gordon, whose clients include A-list and Academy-award winning and nominated writers!
Watkins College of Art, Design and Film
Los Angeles Film Expo
“Listen to Me” written and directed by Douglas Day Stewart, with Kirk Cameron and Jamie Gertz
ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE FILM EDITOR
“The Stuntman” “The Blue Lagoon” “Summer Lovers”
Los Angeles Times – “Counterpunch”
Writers Guild Journal - “On Scripts”
Harvard Advocate, Harvard Advocate Anthology
Writers Guild of America
Motion Picture Editors Guild
MASTER’S DEGREE IN CINEMA
University of Southern California. Los Angeles
Thesis film based on Julio Cortazar’s “The End of the Game”
A.B. CUM LAUDE IN ENGLISH
Harvard College, Cambridge Massachusetts
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“FOR ANYONE IN NEED OF A GREAT SCRIPT CONSULTANT, let me recommend my ‘secret weapon,’ Dolly Gordon, who has helped me on all my major films, including ‘An Officer and a Gentleman, ‘ ‘The Blue Lagoon,’ ‘Listen to Me,’ and ‘Thief of Hearts.’ Her roots were in film editing and she brings her skill of seeing the bones of a story to the analysis of a script. Need to speed up that first act? Need to deepen a character? Missing conflict? She knows the secrets to great writing...”
- Douglas Day Stewart (Academy Award nominee, “An Officer and a Gentleman”)
“DOLLY G. HAS PROVEN TO BE AN INVALUABLE CONSULTANT AND EDITOR on a host of spec screenplay sales and studio rewrites (‘Arachnophobia,’ ‘Double Team,’ ‘Vampires,’ Evolution’) which have gone on to become major studio movies. She has a keen critical, as well as literate, eye and is a constant source of encouragement and constructive cheerleading. I highly recommend her skills and many talents.”
- Don Jakoby
“THE CLOSEST THING I’VE FOUND TO THE TITLE CHARACTER IN ALBERT BROOKS’ ‘THE MUSE’! Dolly helps you find the essence of your script, which you’ve probably forgotten if you ever knew it, then works with you to fully integrate it into your screenplay.”
- Seth Winston (Academy Award winner, “Session Man”)
Estimated Value: $500
Starting Bid: $100
Bid Increments: $15
The Comedy Intensive is a two-day course that explores the hidden tools and principles of comedy: what it is, how it works, why it works, what’s happening when it’s not working and what you can do to fix it, and offers proven and practical methods and techniques. On Day 1, we explore the Hidden Tools–useable, practical tools that you can apply immediately to your work. Day 2 focuses on character, structure, comic premise and specific ways of applying the tools to text.
The workshop covers includes interactive exercises, solo and group writing activities, as well as a liberal use of clips from current and classic comedies to illustrate our points and principles.
Steve Kaplan has been the entertainment industry’s leading expert on comedy for more than 15 years. He has taught his Comedy Intensive Workshop to thousands of students around the world.
His credits include:
- Co-founder and Artistic Director of Manhattan Punch Line Theatre
- Creator of the HBO Workspace
- Creator of the HBO New Writers Program
- Consultant and script doctor to Dreamworks, Disney, HBO, Paramount, Touchstone and others.
- Highly sought-after instructor at UCLA, NYU, Yale, and other top universities.
- Director in regional theaters and Off-Broadway
Steve has worked with hundreds of writers, producers and performers to hone their comedic talents. And, he’s influenced thousands more with his book, The Hidden Tools of Comedy.
Estimated Value: $400
Starting Bid: $180
Bid Increments: $10
Corey is also a distinguished instructor at UCLA, where he earned his MFA. He is also a mentor for Film Independent's screenwriting lab. His students have gone on to sell or option scripts to Warner Brothers, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Disney, Fox, Fox 2000, MGM, Universal, Showtime, MTV, FX, USA Network, AMC and HBO. Others have been staffed on such shows as Community, Justified, Bones,The Mentalist, The Fosters, Young and Hungry, Playing House and Treme.
PROFESSIONAL SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP
In this intensive eight-week workshop, we will analyze successful scenes, complete weekly writing assignments, and review participants’ work in a supportive, yet challenging environment. By working on emotional context, narrative intensity, cohesion, organic escalations, clarity, efficiency, high impact pacing, set-ups, builds and pay-offs, participants will learn the tools necessary to write and edit professional-caliber scenes essential for any successful screenplay or TV script.
Additionally, participants will learn how to develop the four essential screenwriting skill sets necessary for long-term success – writing clear and compelling professional-level conflict, strengthening and integrating both the conceptual (story) and intuitive (character) sides of writing, organic story structure, and rewriting.
Estimated Value: $100
Starting Bid: $35
Bid Increments: $5