Tuesday, June 15, 2010

WRITING THE PASSION PROJECT

Writers Guild Foundation Presents

FOR LOVE OR MONEY:
WRITING THE PASSION PROJECT

Saturday June 26 - 9am to 7pm
at Writers Guild of America west, 7000 w. Third Street, Los Angeles 90048

With sponsorship from Write Brothers Inc.

A one-day mini-conference which will examine the tension between art and commerce, the price to be paid (or not!) for following your passion and the imperatives of making a living as a writer. Breakout groups will allow participants to interact in small groups with a professional screenwriter as leader. Purchase Tickets Here!

Panelists/Speakers (to date -subject to availability): Albert Berger - producer; Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise); Jim Kouf (Stakeout), Robert Nelson Jacobs (Chocolat), Dan Petrie Jr. (Beverly Hills Cop), Howard Rodman (Savage Grace), David Saunders - ATA agent; Tom Schulman (Dead Poets Society), Robin Swicord (Little Women); James Vanderbilt (Zodiac); plus others TBA.

9:30 am: FOR LOVE OR MONEY: THE PASSION PROJECT: Panel
Is there a place in today’s climate for the “passion project?” What are the options for a writer with such a project? Is passion enough? How can one tell if one’s project has legs? How does one keep it alive? Who can help along the way?

11:30 am: CASE STUDIES: Breakout groups.
Writers will talk about passion projects that they have managed to get made. What was the journey? What worked? What didn’t? What would they do differently? (Projects to be advised.)

2:30 pm: WHAT’S YOUR PASSION? Breakout groups
Participants will have the opportunity to discuss in general terms a project they are working on, and get advice from the group leaders.*

4:30 pm: FOR LOVE OR MONEY: MAKING A LIVING AS A WRITER: Panel
Can one make a living with passion projects? Or how does one survive while getting one’s passion project made? Can one follow one’s heart and still survive as a writer? Is there a balance to be found? Does one write what one loves or love what one writes? What are the survival tricks our panelists have learned over the years?

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Wine and cheese reception

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/113021
General Admission $150; WGA members $125;
Full time students and military veterans with ID $110

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations received by 5pm, Monday, June 21, 2010, are eligible to receive a full refund less $20 processing fee; Cancellations received by 5pm, Thursday, June 24, 2010, are eligible to receive a 50% refund; THERE IS NO REFUND FOR CANCELLATIONS RECEIVED AFTER 5pm, Thursday, June 24, 2010. Cancellations must be in writing (to ahuss@wga.org).

INFO UPDATES & TICKET SALES: www.WGFoundation.org


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The Writers Guild Foundation is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization established in 1966 to serve the writing community and for writers to serve the community, as well as to preserve and promote excellence in writing. Programs include the Writers Guild Foundation Shavelson-Webb Library at 7000 West Third Street in Los Angeles.