THE WRITERS STORE PANEL

FINDING YOUR VOICE IN STORY:  A PANEL DISCUSSION ON WRITING
UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTERS FOR THE BIG AND SMALL SCREEN

WHEN:  THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011

WHERE:  THE WRITERS STORE

3510 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505

TIME:  6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


AT A GLANCE

  • A three-person panel comprised of Hollywood writers and executives behind movies and TV series offer insight and guidance on creating compelling characters.
  • Explains how to use your own experience as a guide for writing complex and believable characters.
  • Offers guidance for writing compelling female characters.

    Great characters are at the heart of great movies and television. This
    panel of successful executives and writers will share their secrets
    for writing unforgettable characters. They will discuss how to write
    strong characters for the big and small screen; how to find your voice
    in your writing; how to write strong female characters; How strong
    female leads have done well on big screen and small screen; Writing
    from within: How looking at your own experiences can help you create
    compelling onscreen characters.

  • You and your fellow attendees will have an opportunity to ask
    questions and discuss characters you are developing with them.
  • Jen Grisanti is the author of STORY LINE: FINDING GOLD IN YOUR LIFE
    Story, Blogger for The Huffington Post, Writing Instructor for NBCs
    Writers on the Verge and a sought-after consultant and former studio
    executive who covered Medium, Girlfriends, The 4400, Numbers, Melrose
    Place, Beverly Hills 90210, Charmed and many other hit series.
    Screenwriter and WGA member
  • Diane Drake’s screenwriting credits include What Women Want starring Mel Gibson, and Only You, directed by Norman Jewison, with Robert Downey, Jr. and Marisa Tomei.
  • Pilar Alessandra is the director of the Los Angeles writing program “On the
    Page, Inc.®.”  She’s worked as Senior Story Analyst for DreamWorks and
    Radar Pictures and covered additional projects at ImageMovers,
    Saturday Night Live Studios and The Robert Evans Company.  She’s
    trained writers at ABC/Disney, MTV/Nickelodeon, the National Screen
    Institute, the Los Angeles Film School, The UCLA Writers Program and
    more.
  • Moderator – Laura Brennan is a writer and consultant with credits
    that span theater, news, television, features, print, and the Web.
    With her own production company, Mama Makes Movies, Laura co-created
    and produced the webseries Faux Baby and is currently writing and
    producing branded content for Fortune 500 companies.
  • Jen Grisanti will sign her new book, Story Line: Finding Gold in Your
    Life Story after the panel discussion.