Great Story Seminar…

Hey, guys–

We’ll have some cool posts over the next few days… some great book recommendations, interviews– and per your question– we’ll discuss the highwire act of being a single parent and attempting to start a career in television writing.  But first…

I wanted to give you a heads-up re: a great educational opportunity.  If you’re in L.A. (or can get here), don’t miss Jennifer Grisanti‘s Storywise Seminar on Saturday, September 20.

Jen’s one of the best TV execs, producers, and developers out there… she spent years at Spelling Television, and she’s one of the creative forces behind shows like Beverly Hills 90210, Girlfriends, Melrose Place, Charmed, Medium, NCIS,
The 4400
and Numb3rs.
  She now runs Jen Grisanti Consultancy, and you may remember her from her interview here a few months ago.

Well, Jen is leading a day-long story seminar/event designed to help aspiring writers network with working writers, execs, and producers, learn more about TV, and break into the industry.  Some of the execs and writers on hand will be: Glen Mazzara, Executive
Producer/Showrunner of the upcoming series Crash on Starz; Elisa Roth,
Sr. VP, Drama Programs, Universal Media Studios; and Gaylyn Fraiche, VP,
Martin Chase Productions.

Here’s what Jen has to say about the day: 

“What if in one day you could discover how to increase your chances of
getting work AND get past your creative obstacles?  What if you could
mingle with top executives who know what it takes for writers and
directors to land a job AND why want to share their knowledge with you?
What if you could walk away savvier about what makes a great story AND
how to get the most out of story meetings?…  As a Current Programs executive for over a decade at top studios, I
learned from the best in the business about what makes the process of
writing and selling successful.  I want to offer this same type of
opportunity to you by revealing some of the secrets I learned and
gathering some of the most talented executives in the business to share
their insights… Storywise is your

Please forward this e-mail to anyone who you feel would benefit from this event.
Date     Saturday, September 20, 2008
Time     8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Place    UCLA
Price      $215 (if you purchase on or before 9/17/08)
             $235 (if you purchase after 9/17/08)
             $200 – Special discount price for WGA/DGA/SAG members.  (If you are
             a WGA/DGA/SAG member, please contact me directly at
    about the special discount
             instead of going through Pay Pal.
Group rates are $180.00 for groups of 5 or more.  Please contact me about this at
To sign up, please email Jen at or visit  Scroll down on the homepage.  You can sign up there and get more information.

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