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2019 Storywise 10-Week TV Teleseminar – SPECIAL OFFERS

by on Nov.18, 2018, under events, Featured, Personal tips

STORYWISE 10-week TV WRITING TELESEMINAR AND TRAINING SERIES

Classes begin on Tuesday March 5th at 7:00 pm ONLINE and go through May 14, 2019

Want to learn all of the things that I teach in Writers on the Verge at NBC? Check out my Storywise 10-Week Teleseminar that includes an eight-module story instruction training series called, “How To Write A TV Pilot That Sells: Moving Forward.”

This is a 10-week program designed to help you write a high-quality TV pilot AND spec script. In 10-weeks, I will teach you how to learn to write at a level that will help lead your script to a sale, get staffed on a show, place in a writing competition or get into one of the various writing programs. This course is everything that I teach in Writers on the Verge and more.

Last year we had over 100 writer participants from all over the world. You will not only learn all of the story tools that you need to succeed, but you will also gain the opportunity to be in a private community of writers. This community is a very valuable resource. You all will have a chance to learn from one another via networking, to exchange scripts and possibly starting your own writer groups.

I’ve seen the success from this course first-hand. Many of the writers who have taken this 10-week course have gone on to sell pilots, get staffed on TV shows and get into several of the prestigious writing programs. Fifty-Two of my writers have sold pilots… and 6 of them have gone to series.

The story instruction is pre-recorded. You will receive this before the course begins in March.

In March, each call is approximately 2 – 2 ½ hours in length. On each call, we will go over the notes for the 4 writers participating at Level #3. You will have an opportunity to read their scripts and make your own notes each week. You will also get to share your notes with those writers directly. This is what we do in Writers on the Verge. It is a way to prepare you for being in the Writers’ Room. Then, I will give five people the opportunity to sign up each week will get an opportunity to pitch to a guest speaker. We all learn from hearing others pitch. This part of the program was designed to help you learn from the pitching style of others as well as give you the opportunity to pitch yourself. It’s an invaluable tool. Every level will have an opportunity to sign up for this.

 

 

I currently have a SPECIAL OFFER going for the month of January for levels 1, 2, and 4.

Here is the LINK for the 4 FREE Training Videos.

LEVEL 1

At Level 1, you get to participate in all 10 classes. You will receive a recording of the classes. You will have an opportunity to sign up to pitch to my weekly guest speakers. You get to be part of a private Facebook community. You will also get to turn in a 1-2 page pitch document on your TV spec or TV pilot script. You will receive written feedback. You have up to a year after the course is finished to turn this in.

Regular rate – $397.00

SPECIAL OFFER – $297.00 (LIMITED TIME OFFER)

 

Rate for writers who have taken this before – $227.00

 

 

LEVEL 2

At Level 2, you get to participate in all 10 classes. You will receive a recording of the classes. You will have an opportunity to sign up to pitch to my weekly guest speakers. You get to be part of a private Facebook community. This level also includes a one-on-one consult for your TV spec and/or TV Pilot script.

Level 2 w/ TV Pilot Consult

Regular Rate – $1,050.00

Special Rate – $947.00

For Alumni of my Storywise Teleseminar – $927.00

 

LEVEL 3

At Level 3, you will receive feedback every week on your TV spec or TV pilot script. This includes written and verbal feedback. You will receive a recording of the classes. You will have an opportunity to sign up to pitch to my weekly guest speakers. You get to be part of a private Facebook community.

For the first time, I am going to offer you the option of not writing a TV spec. You can either write one TV pilot during the 10 weeks or, you can write two TV pilots during the ten weeks. There will also be an option to do it for five weeks instead of ten weeks. This will be offered to the finalists.

There are only FOUR SLOTS for this level: two for drama and two for comedy. This could change depending on the strength of the submissions. If you are interested in applying, you will need to submit ten pages of a script. The submission deadline is 1/31/19. I will select four submissions out of all of the submissions and announce these slots in February. The rate for Level 3 is $3,000.00.

ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR LEVEL 3 STARTING JANUARY 1 – 31, 2019. I will announce in mid-February. Please email your 10 page submissions to me at jen@jengrisanti.com

 

LEVEL 4

At Level 4, you will receive written/verbal notes back every week on your scripts. This includes 5 Coaching Consults either alongside the teleseminar or as you prefer. You will receive a recording of the classes. You will have an opportunity to sign up to pitch two times to my weekly guest speakers. You get to be part of a private Facebook community.

There are only 4 slots available at this level.

Regular Rate – $3,647.00

Special Rate – $3,347.00

 

ASSIGNMENTS

Level #3 writing assignments will be due the Saturday before each class. Everyone at each level will receive a copy of the assignments turned in by the Level #3 writers so that they may follow along as well as provide notes directly to the Level#3 writer.

 

Levels #1 and #2, you will do the assignments on your own. No direct feedback is provided for Level 1. Level 2 gets feedback during the pilot consult. I do highly recommend that you use the Facebook community of writers to exchange scripts so that you can receive weekly feedback.

 

GUEST SPEAKERS

MICHAEL NARDUCCI (The Crossing, The Originals, Vampire Diaries…)
GRETA HEINEMANN (NCIS: New Orleans)
PAUL RUEHL (sold 15 pilots)
DAN O’SHANNON (Superior Donuts, Odd Couple, Modern Family…)
MONICA BREEN (Midnight Texas, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Revolution…)
TED HUMPHREY (Wisdom of the Crowd, Incorporated, The Good Wife…)
WES NICKERSON (House of Lies, Entourage)
MATT NIX (The Gifted, Burn Notice, APB…)
HENRY ALONSO MYERS (The Magicians, Covert Affairs, The Carrie Diaries…)
MARK GOFFMAN (Bull, Limitless, Sleepy Hollow…)
WENDY WEST (Proven Innocence, Marvel’s Inhuman, Taken)
NIKKI TOSCANO (24:LEGACY, State of Affairs, Shades of Blue)

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HAWAII TV & FILM WRITING SEMINAR – MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 5/26/18

by on Apr.02, 2018, under events, Featured

 

THE WAIKOLOA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND THE FAIRMONT ORCHID HOTEL CO-PRESENT THEIR VISITING ARTIST FILM WORKSHOP

What: Screenplay Writing for Television and Film

Where: The Fairmont Orchid Hotel, Kohala Coast, Big Island of Hawaii

When: Saturday, May 26 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Who: Jennifer Grisanti is one of the leading consultants, mentors, coaches, and instructors in the field of screenplay writing and development for television and film. She has a story system that has led 52 of her clients to sell their pilots. Six of them went to series. Jen was a studio executive for 12 years at Spelling Television Inc. and CBS/Paramount. She staffed over 15 primetime shows in her career. Aaron Spelling was her mentor. She is also the writing instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC, a blogger for The Huffington Post, the author of three books—her latest is Change Your Story: Change Your Life: A Path to Your Success–, and an international speaker who has participated in writing conferences, retreats, seminars, film festivals, and writing expos around the world.In this day long workshop, Jen will share the techniques, insights, and dynamics of her Story System, an approach that has led so many writers to success in the television and film arenas. Discussions will center on the elements of strong and compelling story structure and development, writing a script that sells, writing a TV pilot script or screenplay that can’t be ignored, writing memorable characters and character dynamics, adding truth to your fiction, mastering the set up of your story through structure, setting up a season one arc, and Jen will offer plenty of time for career advice, insights into how and what Hollywood is looking for these days and how it works, and general Q&A from participants.

Why: This workshop is a must for those looking to develop their craft and skill in professional areas of screenplay writing for
television and film, those looking to “polish” their skills in these areas, or for those looking to better understand the craft of writing for film and television and how these skill sets relate to the overall production process.

How: Email John Mason at johnmasonkona@gmail.com for more information, questions, or to register. Give him a call at 808-464-4379. Check out also the web site of the Hawaii Island Film Office at www.hawaiiislandfilm.com. There is a small registration fee which will include light refreshments.

 

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HOLIDAY CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPES

by on Dec.22, 2017, under Featured, Personal tips

White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies
Author: Kara
Yield: 5 1/2 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 4 cups + 2 Tbsp flour
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • Sugar for rolling
  • 3 cups white chips (I use Guittard brand)
  • 3 Tbsp oil or shortening
  1. Beat oil, sugar, eggs, and molasses in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a small bowl. Stir into the sugar mixture till well combined. Roll dough into small balls and roll in sugar.
  2. Bake on lightly greased cookie sheets at 350° for about 6-7 minutes. Cool completely.
  3. Combine chips and oil in a small glass bowl. Microwave at 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. Dip cookies halfway into the white chocolate and lay on parchment paper or silicone pan liners till set.
Notes
-The 2 tablespoons of ginger is not a mistake. It’s what makes them really good. The spiciness is a perfect balance for the white chocolate, trust me!
-When you get to the last of the cookies, it will be hard to dip them. You can just spread the chocolate over the top of them, kind of like frosting.
Christmas Magic Bars
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
How to make 7 Layer Magic Bars with a Christmas theme.
Created by: Beth Jackson Klosterboer
Recipe type: Dessert
Category: Christmas
Makes: 24-30 bars
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick aluminum foil.
  3. Mix crushed Original Oreo Cookies with melted butter.
  4. Press into and even layer in the 9×13 baking pan.
  5. Sprinkle on toffee bits, peanuts, and pretzels.
  6. Pour sweetened condensed milk over top and spread evenly.
  7. Add the pieces of red cream filled Oreos cookies, 1/2 cup of the red and green M&M’s and 1/2 of the bag of Holiday morsels.
  8. Bake for 25-27 minutes until the sweetened condensed milk has caramelized. Remove from oven and sprinkle on the remaining red and green M&M’s and Holiday Chocolate Morsels.
  9. Return to oven for 3 minutes.
  10. Remove pan from oven, and tap it on the counter a few times. This will help secure all the M&M’s.
  11. Cool completely.
  12. Peel off foil. Cut into 24-30 squares.
  13. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Step-by-step photo tutorial (see the video tutorial below):

Oreo Cookie crust

Mix crushed Original Oreo Cookies with melted butter. Press into and even layer in the 9×13 baking pan.

Heath bar dessert

Sprinkle on toffee bits, peanuts, and pretzels.

Magic Bar recipe

Pour sweetened condensed milk over top and spread evenly.

Christmas dessert ideas

Add the pieces of red cream filled Oreos cookies, 1/2 cup of the red and green M&M’s and 1/2 of the bag of Holiday morsels.

Christmas dessert recipes

Bake for 25-27 minutes until the sweetened condensed milk has caramelized. Remove from oven and sprinkle on the remaining red and green M&M’s and Holiday Chocolate Morsels. Return to oven for 3 minutes. Remove pan from oven, and tap it on the counter a few times. This will help secure all the M&M’s. Cool completely.

Raspberry Almond Thumbprints

Yield: 31 cookies

Ingredients

    • 8 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 2/3 cup sugar
    • 1/2 tsp. pure almond extract
    • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • raspberry jam for filling
Amaretto Glaze
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. + 1 and 1/2 tsp. amaretto

Instructions

    1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
    2. Add almond and vanilla extracts and continue to mix.
    3. Add flour and salt, scraping down the bowl as needed.
    4. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for a few hours.
    5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookies sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
    6. Scoop cookie dough using a cookie scoop that yields 3/4 ounce of dough and place on prepared cookies sheets.
    7. Roll cookie dough into balls and make an indentation in the middle with your thumb.
    8. Using a 1/4 teaspoon, fill the indentation with jam.
    9. Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes, rotating once halfway through.
    10. Allow to cool on cookie sheets for a few minutes and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Amaretto Glaze
  1. In a small bowl whisk together powdered sugar and Amaretto, adding a little amaretto at a time until you get the right consistency.
  2. Spoon glaze over completely cooled cookies. You can also use a piping bag to drizzle the glaze.

 

 

Cognac Chocolate Chip Cookies

45 min Prep Time | 8-10 min Cook Time| 55 min Total Time

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons Rémy Martin 1738 Cognac
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks
  • 1/2 cup walnut (or pecans)

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream the butter.
  3. Mix in both sugars slowly to the creamed butter.
  4. Mix till smooth.
  5. Add cognac and egg.
  6. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt.
  7. Add chocolate and nuts.
  8. Give ample space between cookies as place put on the greased cookie sheet. I only did 6 cookies at a time. When on the baking sheet, put in fridge for 15 minutes so the dough becomes firm before baking.
  9. Bake 8 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees. The cookies should be crisp with browned edges, and centers baked through.

 

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CREATING A SERIES CONCEPT THAT WORKS: ATYPICAL

by on Nov.19, 2017, under Featured, Motivation

Creating a Series Concept that Works: Atypical

Jen Grisanti analyzes the new Netflix series, ATYPICAL, exploring how structure can influence emotion and bring your audience to tears.


International speaker Jen Grisanti is an acclaimed Story/Career Consultant at Jen Grisanti Consultancy, Inc., a Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC, a former twelve-year studio executive, and author of Story Line, TV Writing Tool Kit, and Change Your Story, Change Your Life. Keep track of Jen’s upcoming events on Facebook and Twitter, @jengrisanti, and listen to her Storywise Podcast. Read Jen’s full bio and sign up for her Telling and Selling Your TV Pilot video series.

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I am constantly analyzing new series to see what works with story structure. One of my favorite new shows is Atypical on Netflix. I find this show explores in-depth familial dynamics at the same level as Friday Night Lights and This is Us. Understanding how structure can influence emotion and bring your audience to tears is what great storytelling is all about.

Structurally, a story tool that I’ve drawn from watching Atypical is the recognition that all the character arcs stem from the main problem of the main character and that sets up the series. It is when we feel it all linked, that story can reach such tremendous heights of emotion. This is because we feel the concept through all of the characters and the choices that they make. It often comes from the same wound but seeing it play out through different choices and different worldviews.


Script EXTRA: Finding Your Character’s Wound


The main problem in Atypical is that Sam, a young boy that has autism, expresses his to therapist his desire to date. The series/season 1 is about this choice and his family’s reaction to it. The story explores how love is hard enough for a “neuro-typical” person to experience. With Sam, this pursuit becomes a lot more complex but the gift of it all is showing that the desire is real and it is doable.

We watch Sam take actions and hit obstacles in his pursuit to find love from filling out an online profile to learning how to approach girls that might be interested. It really gives us a glimpse of how he sees the world and shows us how things that might be considered simple for us are that much more difficult for people with autism. Seeing Sam take actions towards finding love connects with all of us.

We immediately feel the father’s wound to his son’s autism when he mentions buying his son tickets to a Mets game simply because he wanted to find a way to connect with him. He wanted them to have one thing in common. So, his reaction to Sam’s choice to date is to support this. He reminds his wife that they met around Sam’s age. It is clear that he hopes this experience will bring him and Sam closer together.


Script EXTRA: ‘All is Lost’ Equals Opportunity for Character Growth


With Sam’s mom, Elsa, her reaction is panic because of her worry and the codependent relationship that she shares with her son. She clearly needs him to need her. So, the idea that he wants to find love, in her mind, threatens this. We see that Sam has become her life. This has gotten in the way of the intimacy that she and her husband share. The mother remains resistant despite the therapist sharing with her that autistic people have the same desire to love and be loved. They just don’t know how to approach it in a typical manner.

We see Sam’s problem play out in his sister, Casey’s arc when she punches a student that taunts another student. Casey is the protector. This is her role because of her brother’s condition and the fact that she is his older sister. We feel her angst. The irony is that it is due to her role in Sam’s life and this action she took that her first opportunity at love and romance comes into her life with Evan, who is the brother of the girl she protected.

Sam’s pursuit of love continues. When Sam gets an online response, we see the trials and tribulations that Sam has to go through in preparation for the date. When he hears that she wants to meet at a café, he has to find a way to block out the noise by wearing headphones. Sam hits an obstacle and the date doesn’t work out. Sam tries again when a girl at his work makes eyes toward him. This leads him into a situation where she offers to have sex with him. He hits an obstacle when she touches him in a way that he doesn’t like to be touched. This opportunity takes a turn for the worst.

When the parents go to dinner, we really see the opposing viewpoints to Sam finding love and the rift that it has caused in their relationship. This leads Sam’s father to buy his mother passes to a dance class. After class, she goes to drinks. This is when Elsa meets a bartender that opens her eyes to the fact that her son will never have the choices that he does. This begins an exploration toward finding intimacy.

In Casey’s budding connection with Evan, we see that Sam comes first in her life. This could cause a problem for the possibility of her finding a true connection with Evan.

When Sam learns that 49% of marriages end in divorce, Sam goes with his father to look at a place with penguins. Sam says that penguins mate for life. So, penguins aren’t like people. They’re better.

The structure in Atypical all stems from the main wound. This really works for connecting the audience to this concept and the characters in this world. This is a very strong story tool that all writers can learn to utilize for the concepts that they write.

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5 QUESTIONS FOR WRITING A TV PILOT THAT SELLS

by on Nov.19, 2017, under Featured, Motivation, Personal tips

Jen Grisanti5 Questions for
Writing a TV Pilot that Sells

Guest Post by Jen Grisanti,
Telling and Selling Your TV Pilot

Writing the TV pilot is one of the most challenging scripts to write,
and to write well.
I’ve helped in the development of thousands of scripts over the past 20 years. I was a
Studio Executive at two major studios for 12 years, I am currently a Writing Instructor
at NBC, and I’ve been a Story/Career Consultant for 10 years.

From the 48 pilots sold from the writers I’ve worked with since starting my business 10 years ago,
there are the five questions that I believe every writer should ask themselves when they are writing
their TV pilot:

  1. Does my series trigger push my central character into a powerful enough dilemma to set up season one?
  2. Is there a personal component that sets up the personal dilemma of my central character?
  3. Does my central character actively make a choice in the pilot trigger and dilemma that leads to a pursuit?
  4. Is my pilot goal clear?
  5. How do I setup the series?

Trigger & Dilema

With your series trigger and dilemma, you want to think about something that happens to your central character
that knocks their life out of balance. At this point in the story, your central character is often reactive versus active.
The dilemma should make us feel empathy for your character.

Personal Component

With the personal component, you are setting up the personal dilemma of your central character that leads to the
professional pursuit. This sets up the void. The pursuit is one step towards filling this void. With the personal part,
you want to think about the arc of the wound. The best pilots have a childhood wound that the series trigger and
dilemma splits open. The personal component in your story is the emotional part of your story.

Central Character

With the pilot arc, your central character goes from being reactive to active. With the setup of the series arc, they react to what happens to them. Then, they make an active choice that leads to the setup of the pilot arc. In the pilot arc, we should be clear about what your central character wants and why they want it by the end of Act One.

Pilot Goal

If the pilot goal is not clear, the story doesn’t work. In each act, the central character should take an action, hit an obstacle, and the stakes should be raised to the pilot goal. If the goal is not clear, you cannot link these points. We should feel what your character wants and what is in the way for every scene.

Series Set Up

After the resolution of the pilot arc, you need to set up the series. When I see this done well, it bookends
what happened in the series trigger and dilemma setup and helps to build the next level of the concept. The
point of this is to make your audience so enthralled that they can’t wait to see what happens next.

Mastering a story by utilizing the right tools is what will lead you to a sale.

* * *

International speaker Jen Grisanti is an acclaimed Story/Career Consultant at Jen Grisanti Consultancy Inc.,
writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC, a 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, TV Writing Tool Kit: How To Write a Script That Sells, and
Change Your Story, Change Your Life: A Path To Your Success. Her new video series is
Telling and Selling Your TV Pilot. Learn more.

Read my Q&As with Jen on Story Line and Change Your Story, Change Your Life.

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New product: “Telling And Selling Your TV Pilot”

by on Oct.17, 2017, under events, Featured

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Storywise 10-Week TV Spec & Pilot Teleseminar 2018 – Begins Tuesday, March 6th 7:00 pm PST ONLINE

by on Oct.06, 2017, under events, Featured

Classes begin on Tuesday March 6th at 7:00 pm ONLINE and go through May 15, 2018

This is a 10-week program designed to help you write a high quality TV pilot AND spec script. In 10-weeks, I will teach you how to learn to write at a level that will help lead your script to a sale, get staffed on a show, place in a writing competition or get into one of the various writing programs. This course is everything that I teach in Writers on the Verge and more.

Last year we had over 100 writer participants from all over the world. You will not only learn all of the story tools that you need to succeed, you will gain the opportunity to be in a private community of writers. This community is a very valuable resource. You all will have the opportunity to learn from one another via networking, exchanging scripts and possibly starting your own writer groups.

I’ve seen the success from this course first-hand. Many of the writers who have taken this 10-week course have gone on to sell pilots, get staffed on TV shows and get into several of the prestigious writing programs. Fifty-Two of my writers have sold pilots… and 6 of them have gone to series.

Each class will consist of a half-hour of instruction (you will receive these videos before each class to watch at your leisure.) Each call is approximately 2 – 2 ½ hours in length. On each call, we will go over the notes for the 4 writers participating at Level #3 and I will choose one writer from Level 2 or Level 4 each week to participate. You will have an opportunity to read their scripts and make your own notes each week. You will also get to share your notes with those writers directly. This is what we do in Writers on the Verge. It is a way to prepare you for being in the Writers’ Room. Then, five people that sign up each week will get an opportunity to pitch to a guest speaker. We all learn from hearing others pitch. This part of the program was designed to help you learn from the pitching style of others as well as give you the opportunity to pitch yourself. It’s an invaluable tool. Every level will have an opportunity to sign up for this.

LEVEL 1

At Level 1, you get to participate in all 10 classes. You will receive a recording of the classes. You will have an opportunity to sign up to pitch to my weekly guest speakers. You get to be part of a private Facebook community. You will also get to turn in a 1-2 page pitch document on your TV spec and TV pilot script. You will receive written feedback. You have up to a year after the course is finished to turn this in.

Regular rate – $375.00

SPECIAL OFFER – $225.00 (LIMITED TIME OFFER)

 

Rate for writers who have taken this before – $225.00

 

 

LEVEL 2

At Level 2, you get to participate in all 10 classes. You will receive a recording of the classes. You will have an opportunity to sign up to pitch to my weekly guest speakers. You get to be part of a private Facebook community. This level also includes a one-on-one consult for your TV spec and/or TV Pilot script.

Level 2 w/ TV Pilot Consult

Regular Rate – $1,050.00

For Alumni of my Storywise Teleseminar – $900.00

 

Level 2 w/ TV Spec Consult

Regular Rate – $875.00

 

For Alumni of my Storywise Teleseminar – $775.00

 

Level 2 w/ TV Pilot and Spec Consult

Regular Rate – $1,600.00

 

For Alumni of my Storywise Teleseminar – $1,275.00

 

LEVEL 3

At Level 3, you will receive feedback every week on your TV spec and/or TV pilot script. This includes written and verbal feedback. You will receive a recording of the classes. You will have an opportunity to sign up to pitch to my weekly guest speakers. You get to be part of a private Facebook community.

 

For the first time, I am going to offer you the option of not writing a TV spec. You can either write one TV pilot during the 10 weeks or you can write 2 TV pilots during the 10 weeks.

 

There are only 4 SLOTS for this level: two for drama and two for comedy. If you are interested in applying, you will need to submit 10 pages of a script. The submission deadline is 1/31/18. I will select 4 submissions out of everyone that submits and announce these slots in February. The rate for Level 3 is $3,000.00.

 

The DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS is January 31, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. PST.

 

LEVEL 4

At Level 4, you will receive written/verbal notes back every week on your scripts. This includes an in person or online meeting every week either alongside the teleseminar or as you prefer. You will receive a recording of the classes. You will have an opportunity to sign up to pitch two times to my weekly guest speakers. You get to be part of a private Facebook community.

There are only 4 slots available at this level.

 

 

 

ASSIGNMENTS

The Level #3 writing assignments will be due the Saturday before each class. Everyone at each level will receive a copy of the assignments turned in by the Level #3 writers so that they may follow along as well as provide notes directly to the Level#3 writer.

 

Levels #1 and #2, you will do the assignments on your own. No direct feedback is provided; however, this is where you can use the Facebook community of writers to exchange scripts weekly and get feedback.

 

 

SCHEDULE

Week 1 – Tuesday March 6, 2018

We will go over the notes for the concepts of the spec scripts for Level #3.

Guest SpeakerDan O’Shannon, Executive Producer (SUPERIOR DONUTS, THE ODD COUPLE, MODERN FAMILY…)

 

Week 2, Tuesday March 13, 2018

We will go over the notes for the outline of the spec scripts for Level #3.

Guest SpeakerMatt Nix, Executive Producer  (THE GIFTED, BEN 10, APB, COMPLICATIONS, BURN NOTICE…)

 

Week 3, Tuesday March 20, 2018

We will go over the notes for the first draft of the spec scripts for Level #3.

Guest Speakers – Brian C. Singleton & Jim Brandon, Co-Executive Producers (DR. KEN, ANGEL FROM HELL, BIG TIME IN HOLLYWOOD FL., THE MCCARTHYS)

WEEK 4, Tuesday, March 27, 2018

We will go over the notes for the second draft of the spec scripts for Level #3.

Guest Speaker – Michael Narducci, Executive Producer (THE ORIGINALS, VAMPIRE DIARIES, MEDIUM…)

 

*EASTER BREAK THE WEEK OF 4/1/18

 

WEEK 5, Tuesday, April 10, 2018

We will go over the notes for the third draft of the spec scripts for Level #3.

Guest SpeakerMike Scully, Co-Executive Producer (THE SIMPSONS, THE CARMICHAEL SHOW, PARKS & RECREATION..)

 

WEEK 6, Tuesday, April 17, 2018

We will go over the notes for the concepts for the pilot scripts for Level #3.

Guest Speaker – Liz Benjamin, Co-Executive Producer (UNREAL, BLOOD & OIL, THE BLACKLIST, BONES…)

 

WEEK 7, Tuesday April 24, 2018

We will go over the notes for the outlines for the pilot scripts for Level #3.

Guest Speakers – TJ Brady and Rasheed Newson, Co-Excecutive Producers (ANIMAL KINGDOM, SHOOTER, NARCOS…)

 

WEEK 8, Tuesday May 1, 2018

We will go over the notes for the first draft or first half of the first draft of the TV pilot scripts for Level #3.

Guest Speaker – Justin W. Lo, Supervising Producer (THE BLOOD TYPE, NO TOMORROW, MISTRESSES, PARENTHOOD…)

 

WEEK 9, Tuesday May 8, 2018

We will go over the notes for the second draft or full-first draft of the TV pilot scripts for Level #3.

Guest SpeakerWendy Calhoun, Co- EP (EMPIRE, NASHVILLE, JUSTIFIED, REVENGE…)

 

WEEK 10, Tuesday May 15, 2018

We will go over the notes for the third draft of the TV pilot scripts for Level #3.

Guest Speaker – Jackie De Crinis, President Jackie De Crinis Productions, former senior level Development executive at USA

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Webinar on 9/21 w/ EIACE – Power Up Webinar – Comedy, TV writing, Representation, Writing Action Lines & Cinematic Storytelling

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eiACE Power-Up Webinar – Sept. 21 – 4PM PT

The third installment in the Power-Up Webinar Series features Dan Calvisi, Jen Grisanti,

Lee Jessup and David Misch. These industry-leading educators will provide instruction

through 20-minute segments, live at the Relativity School Studio in LA.

Dan Calvisi – Write Great Description Paragraphs – Learn From The Masters!

A lot is written about the art of dialogue, but what about the equal challenge

of writing great description/action? Citing examples from modern masters like

Christopher Nolan, Vince Gilligan, Shonda Rhimes and Quentin Tarantino,

Dan Calvisi will explore the mechanics, formatting and execution of this crucial

element of the screenplay. Dan will also lead the class in writing the introduction of a famous movie

character, to be compared to the actual text from the original screenplay.

Jen Grisanti – Writing A TV Pilot That Sells: Setting Up The Series And Season One

Through The Arc Of The Wound

In this talk, Jen Grisanti will go over how to set up the series and season one arc by

creating a strong arc of the wound for the central character. It is when the personal

dilemma links to the professional pursuit and the pilot arc is one step toward healing

the wound that we root for the outcome and emotionally connect to the story. Jen

will discuss the season arcs for FLEABAG (Amazon), RIVER (Netflix) and HAPPY VALLEY (Netflix).

Lee Jessup – Representation Rundown

This will cover everything you ever wanted to know about agents and managers,

including how to get the right representation, what to expect from your agent vs.

what your can expect from your manager, how much you should pay them, what

they will expect from you, and what you can do to motivate them.

David Misch – How “How Comedy Works” Works

My seminar “How Comedy Works” makes a unique guarantee in the world of

screenwriting seminars: it gives you absolutely no help with screenwriting. HCW,

as we in the office like to call it (Note: There is no office), is about comedy as an

art form; what it is, what it means and how it works. Why take time with that instead

of figuring out why your 2nd act sucks?, I hear no one asking. Because learning how comedy works will

help you do it better. Anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. This talk will show how looking at

comedy not screenwriting can help your screenwriting; how contemporary comedy goes back to ancient

Greece (and yes, I’m looking at you, fart and vomit jokes); and the precision, skill and ingenuity that

comedy requires. Most of all, this talk explains why everyone who says examination kills comedy is

not only wrong but should be killed, and shows how comedy principles translate into actual laughter.

So, y’know, forget that stuff about no help.

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Webinar with The Writers Store on September 14 at 1:00 p.m. – Staying True to The Core Concept of Your Series

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Staying True to the Core Concept of Your Series

At a Glance

  • During this webinar, you will learn tools to set up your concept and your season arcs.
  • Discover how creating strong external and internal questions will bring your audience back.
  • Jen will illustrate the significance of staying true to your core concept.

Please note: Each registration comes with access to the recorded version of the program and the materials for one year. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation.

ABOUT THE WEBINAR

Have you struggled with figuring out how to build the concept of your show through creating a strong season arc? In this course, Jen Grisanti will go over how to set up a strong season arc that will best illustrate the concept of your show. Then, she will explain how staying true to this core concept connects you with your audience.

The core concept often has an external and an internal component. The external gives you a sense of the world. The internal has to do with the dynamics of the people that infiltrate that world.

When you create strong questions that have to do with the external and the internal world, you create anticipation. When the audience feels the anticipation, you give them a reason to return.

By understanding why your character wants what they want for the episode and the season, you bring us into the emotional component of your story and give us a glimpse into the intention of your concept.

Jen will cover old shows and new shows including – HOMELAND, THE GOOD WIFE, HAPPY VALLEY, SILICON VALLEY and TRANSPARENT.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How to have your season arc best reflect what your concept is.
  • How to create powerful questions.
  • How to set up the WHY the character wants WHAT they want.
  • How to stay true to the core concept that you set up.
  • How to build compelling season arcs.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Writers who are writing TV pilots.
  • Writers who want to understand more about how to take their story to a deeper place.
  • Writers who want to know how to better connect with their audience on an emotional level.
  • Writers who have great ideas but don’t know how to execute them.
  • Writers that want to sell their pilots.

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?

All you need is a computer or iOS device, and an internet connection. You’ll be able to view the presentation and listen to the audio over computer speakers; however, you’ll enjoy much better audio quality if you use a telephone. See below for complete system requirements.

To test your connection before the live webinar, visit this web page.

BONUS: With purchase of this webinar, you will receive $79.99 off of a yearly subscription to the Screenwriting Tutorials website, which has specialized tutorials from experts that explore screenwriting topics covered nowhere else on the web!

Product Details

Meet the Author: Jen Grisanti

International speaker Jen Grisanti is an acclaimed Story/Career Consultant at Jen Grisanti Consultancy Inc., Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC, a 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 ra…

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