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For those of you who don’t already know, I am starting something very special at the end of this month.

Teaching.

Yep, in between an already over-subscribed schedule, I’ve joined the team at WANA International and slipped in a few classes on fiction writing.

In the past I have helped writers via email, but find this method extremely limiting and time consuming.

So What’s different about the WANA method?

I’m really excited about WANA teaching. Mainly because of the awesome team on hand, but also because everything is done on-line via Webinar. This means distance between student and instructor isn’t an issue, plus the WANA method enables a much more personal approach. It gives me the opportunity to interact with you guys, verbally. For you, it’s like being in a classroom – only in the comfort of your own home. Perfect!

There will be opportunities to speak to each other and ask questions. Plus, the class is recorded so you don’t have to worry about scribbling down any notes. You can just sit back, relax, drink a cup of coffee, and absorb. And, I may even throw in the odd competition 🙂

On 30th June I’ll be holding a class on ‘Dialogue Only Your Characters Would Say. This will cover common mistakes, basic do’s and dont’s, and all the tools you’ll need to give your character their own ‘voice’.

On 14th July, you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to create your characters. The class, ‘Getting To Know Your Characters‘, will take you through the stages of character creation and show you how to inject them with life. Your readers will love them!

And last but not least, ‘From Idea to Storywill be held on 21st July I’ll be explaining how to take your idea and turn it into the full length fiction novel you’ve always dreamed of writing, with

I am so excited about WANA.

As well as my classes, there are many more subjects available from the crème de la crème of instructors.

So, what are you waiting for? Get over to WANA and book a class.

 

 

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This weeks competitions that have caught my eye:

FICTIONVia First Writer

Annual Gival Press Short Story Award
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   8th August 2012
Fees:   $25 for one entry.
Prizes:   $1,000 for first place. Also web and anthology publication.
Details:   For short stories between 5,000 and 15,000 words.
Contact:   Robert L. Giron, Editor, Gival Press Short Stroy Award, Gival Press, LLC, PO Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203
Country:   United States
Website:   http://www.givalpress.com/index.cfm?rsn=209&mn=Contests

British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   30th June 2012
Fees:   £5 for one entry. Members get one entry free.
Prizes:  £100 for first place. £50; £20. Also society membership and magazine publichation.
Details:  For fantastical stories up to 5,000 words, e.g. fantasy, science, science fiction, horror, supernatural, fabulation, magic realism, slipstream, etc.
Country:    United Kingdom
Email:    shortsorycomp@britishfantasysociety.org
Website:   http://www.britishfantasysociety.co.uk/the-bfs-short-story-competition-2012

Tony Hillerman Mystery Short Story Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   15th August 2012
Fees:   $20 for one entry
Prizes:   Magazine publication and two tickets to the awards ceremony.
Details:   For short stories up to 2,500 words, set at least in part in New Mexico.
Contact:   Mystery Short Story Contest. New Mexico Magazine, 495 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Country:    United States
Website:  http://www.wordharvest.com/contest.php

Fiction Contest, Tennessee Williams Fest
Category:   Fiction
Closes:  15th November 2012
Fees:   $25 for one entry
Prizes:   $1,500 for first place
Details:   Grand prize: $1,5000; domestic airfare (up to £500) and accommodations to attend the 2013 Festival; VIP Festival Pass; Public reading at the 2013 Festival; Publication in Louisiana Literature. Submit unpublished shot stories up to 7,000 words. For eligibility and full guidelines see website.
Contact:   Fiction Contest TennesseeWilliams/New Orleans Literary Festival 938 Lafayette Street, Suite 514, New Orleans, LA 70113
Country:    United States
Website:  http://www.tennesseewilliams.net/contests

100 Words or Fewer Writing Contest
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   18th July 2012
Fees:   $15 for one entry
Prizes:   $250 for first Place
Details:   For Flash fiction up to 100 words following the prompts on the website
Country:   United States
Website:   http://www.100wordsorfewerwritingcontest.com
SCRIPTS Via First WriterOne Act Contest – Tennessee Williams Fest
Category:   Scripts
Closes:   1st November 2012
Fees:   $25 for one entry.
Prizes:  $1,500 for first place.
Details:   Grand Prize: $1,500; Staged reading at the 2013 Festival (March 20-24); Full production at the 2014 Festival; VIP All-Access Festival pass for 2013 and 2014 ($1,000 value); Publication. Submit unpublished, never publicly performed one-act plays up to one hour in length. For eligibility and full guidelines see our contest page.
Contact:   One-Act Contest Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival 938 Lafayette Street, Suite 514 New Orleans, LA 70113
Country:   United States
Website:   http://www.tennesseewilliams.net/contests

Trinity College London International Pla
Category:   Scripts
Closes:   7th September 2012
Fees:   Ł10 for one entry. Ł20 entry fee for written feedback.
Prizes:  Ł1,000 for first place. Ł500 prizes will be awarded to up to six Highly Commended entrants.
Details:   Write a one act play for young performers or audiences in English (20-40 minutes duration) and be in with a chance to win a range of prizes including a trip to London to see your play performed and cash prizes of Ł1,000. Categories: Plays for Young Performers; Plays for Teenage Audiences. Entry fee of Ł10 or Ł20 for written feedback. Closing date 7th September 2012. Find out more and enter online on our website.
Country:   United Kingdom
Website:   http://www.trinitycollege.co.uk/playwriting

ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA Via RWA

 *Open to published authors
**Open to published and unpublished authors

*2012 Aspen Gold Readers Choice Contest

Sponsor: Heart of Denver Romance Writers
Fee: HODRW members $20, RWA members $25, others $30.
Deadline: June 15, 2012
Eligibility: Participation is open to all published authors of novel- or novella-length romance fiction with an original copyright or first printing date of January 2011 through December 2011.
Entry: 3 copies of book, with an additional 2 copies for finalists. E-pubbed books are eligible, but must submit 3 printed, bound copies.
Categories: Young Adult, Contemporary, Single Title, Historical, Romantic Suspense, Erotica, Paranormal/Time-Travel/Futuristic, and Novella.
Judges: First round judges are romance readers.
Final Judges: Booksellers and Librarians.
Top Prize: The first place winner in each category will receive the Aspen Gold Award. All other finalists will receive suitable recognition. Results will be published in the RWR.
FMI, email Kathy or Grace at AG@hodrw.com with questions or see the website athttp://www.hodrw.com/contests.

*Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award

Sponsor: Ancient City Romance Authors (ACRA)
Fee: $20.00 per entry. Make checks payable to ACRA.
Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by June 15, 2012
Eligibility: Open to RWA members with books having an original copyright date of 2011 or First US Printing date of 2011 from January 1, 2011, to December 31, 2011.
Entry: Include 3 signed copies of each entry. (Book length, at least 50K. E-mail books are accepted in bound, hard copy.)
Categories: Contemporary Single Title Romance, Erotic Romance, Historical (includes Regency) Romance, Inspirational/Traditional Romance, Paranormal Romance (includes fantasy, time-travel, futuristic), Romantic Suspense, Short & Long Series Contemporary Romance, and Strong Romantic Elements.
Judges: Judges will be romance readers, including non-RWA members and RWA members.
Final Judges: Booksellers and former editors.
Top Prize: 1st Place winners in each category will receive a trophy, certificate, and a winner’s graphic for their website.
FMI, contact ACRARWA.com. E-mail reallychristy@gmail.comVLWKing@aol.com, orDJWilson77@aol.com for additional questions not found on the website.

19th Annual Ignite the Flame Contest

Sponsor: Central Ohio Fictional Writers (COFW)
Fee: $25–30.00
Deadline: June 15, 2012 *deadline extended!*
Entry: Hero and heroine’s first meeting (15 pgs. max): a one-page optional setup is not judged.
Eligibility: Authors unpublished in book-length fiction.
Judges: Published authors and RWA-PRO.
Categories and Final Judges: Romantic Suspense – Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency; Historical Romance – Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks; Category-Length Contemporary – Rhonda Penders, Wild Rose Press; Young Adult – Andrea Somberg, Harvey Klinger, Inc.; Single Title – Katherine Pelz, Berkley Publishing Group; Erotic Romance – Alicia Rasley, Red Sage; Paranormal Romance – Lindsey Faber, Samhain Publishing.
Top Prize: $30 to first place in each category.
FMI, ITFcontest@gmail.com.

**Minuet of Love Romance Novella Contest

Sponsor: Music City Romance Writers
Fee: $15.00
Deadline: June 15, 2012 *deadline extended!*
Eligibility: Open to both unpublished and published authors, but novella entered must be unpublished.
Entry: Romance novellas (15-40K) with HEA or HFN ending. All electronic. First 10 pages, 250 word query/synopsis OPTIONAL (unjudged) in .doc format; all heat levels accepted.
Categories: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal.
Judges: Published/trained unpublished authors.
Final Judges: Contemporary, Deborah Nemeth (Carina Press); Historical, Linda Ingmanson (Samhain Publishing); Paranormal, Adrien Luc-Sanders (Entangled Publishing).
Top Prize: $25 in each category, certificate, announcement in RWR.
FMI, visit www.mcrw.com or email contest coordinators at novella@mcrw.com.

*2012 Golden Leaf Contest

Sponsor: New Jersey Romance Writers
Fee: $15–25.00
Deadline: June 20, 2012
Entry: Four new autographed books with a first copyright date or first North American printing date between July 2011 and June 2012. Open to RWA Region 1 and NJRW members published in novel-length romance.
Judges: Booksellers, librarians, readers groups, romance readers.
FMI, visit http://www.njromancewriters.org/ or email contest coordinators atGoldenLeaf@njromancewriters.org.

*The 2012 Published Beacon Contest

Sponsor: First Coast Romance Writers
Fee: $25.00
Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by June 30, 2011.
Entry: Books with a 2011 copyright date.
Judges: Readers.
FMI, www.firstcoastromancewriters.com or Beaconpub@firstcoastromancewriters.com.

**The Rebecca, for unpublished manuscripts

Sponsor: Land of Enchantment Romance Authors
Fee: $20 (LERA members) or $25 (non-members)
Deadline: June 30, 2012
Eligibility: Manuscripts not accepted for publication at the time of submission.
Entry: Opening five thousand (5,000) words of romance works, electronic or hard copy.
Categories and Final Judges: Contemporary Romance – Deb Nemeth, Carina Press; Young Adult Romance – Holly Blanck, St. Martin’s; Category Romance – Allison Lyons, Harlequin; Historical Romance – Suzie Townsend, Nancy Coffee Literary; Paranormal/Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy – Adam Wilson, Pocket Books.
FMI, http://leranm.com/.

SCRIPT WRITING OPPORTUNITIES Via ISA:

(N.B. Only contact the companies listed below between 11th June – 25th June 2012)

SEEKING COLLABORATOR FOR SCI-FI BOOK-TO-SCREENPLAY ADAPTATION
I am interested in finding a screenwriter who would be willing to collaborate with me on writing a screenplay for my sci-fi story “Spaceship Earth.” Published by Reagent Press it is now available in ebook form (Amazon, Kindle.) I wrote this story for middle school/high school students and young adults to address, in part, the concepts of evolution and creationism. This story deals with the creation of the universe and the cyclic “Big Bang” theory. It takes readers through one cycle, covering a period of approximately 70 billion years. I would like to send interested/qualified writers a complimentary ebook copy for consideration. Send inquiries to me, Tom Schwartz, at thomasschwartz@bellsouth.net

SEEKING SHORT ON THEMES OF FREEDOM AND LIBERTY
Assembly Line Entertainment is close with a grant that promotes freedom and liberty. The grant ranges from $5,000 – $20,000 and we plan on working with a short film. We’re looking for a short screenplay that has these themes. The screenplay should be no more than 20 pages. Please send an email with the following guidelines. SUBJECT: TITLE OF YOUR SCREENPLAY. BODY: LOGLINE OF YOUR SCREENPLAY. A little bit about yourself. ATTACHMENTS: Attach your resume and screenplay in a PDF format. Send to : jambros@assemblylineentertainment.com

FILM CO SEEKS SCREENWRITER FOR REWRITES/FINAL POLISH
Award-winning film company Judith Studios is currently looking for a professional screenwriter to assist with rewrites/finalizing the screenplay on our next full length feature film. Need to start ASAP as we have already begun production. Salary negotiable. Please contact cpanton@judithstudios.com or christopher.panton@yahoo.com

PROD CO SEEKS SCREENWRITER
Here at Gorilla Productions, we’re looking to meet a talented scriptwriter to collaborate with our team of dynamic young filmmakers on a film project. We strongly encourage young talented writers to apply. While experience is desirable, what we’re really looking for is talent and enthusiasm. If you’re interested, please get in touch with a sample of your work. Apply to: Makez Rikweda thru info@gorilla-productions.com

The ArtHouse Theatre Company
We are looking for writers who have a script ready to have a staged read-through for our week-long artists event in July. We are looking for a diversity of styles, and specifically something that can be done in 15-90mins. If you have a couple of short scripts, we are open to doing a series. We have lights, sound, a stage, and (if need be) we can even get you a read-through cast. All we need is you and your art.
Just email your name, contact email, and samples to artists@arthousetheatre.org, or follow our link to fill out the form:
http://www.arthousetheatre.org/Artist~App.html
Please indicate in your message if you have performers to read your work, number of characters, and estimated time length.
There is no pay, but every artist who shares their work will be granted access to the entire week, including ticketed shows. We are a 501(c)3 and donation of service is available.

TWO TO THREE LOCATION NO BUDGET SHORT OR FEATURE SCRIPT NEEDED
I currently have access to about 3 two-bedroom family apartments, small park, and a few exterior spots and am looking for a script for two to three apartment location shoot. This could also include some exteriors like an alley, street, small park et al as long it wouldn’t require permit to acquire. Short or feature are welcome. Genre: High Drama, Suspense, Thriller, Action. No horror or sci-fi. “Holistic” approach is a plus. It’s a non paying gig but writing and AP credit will be received. This will be an independent, no-budget production. It should be an original story with unexpected twists, and an important message, No cliche! no period pieces, no pets, no kids, no SFX or elaborate makeup jobs, no elaborate props or set pieces, no stunts or dangerous actions, 4-7 cast, no script that requires a lot of background, no car chases, no elaborate gore effects. It should have witty, snappy, awesome dialogue and intriguing story line. Contact theatrexm@gmail.com

SEEKING SEASONED WRITER FOR COLLABORATION ON TV SERIES
Looking for seasoned writer for a possibile television series entitled, “Texas Heat”. Think of Friday Night Lights, but with baseball. Send inquiries to me at davidkouri@gmail.com

SCREENWRITER NEEDED FOR ACTION WEB SERIES
I am looking for a screenwriter for an action web series pilot. It’s an international action concept with lots of stunts. We will probably shoot internationally. It’s a very exciting concept. If interested please send a clear, short bio to me at christianray@hollywoodworld.org If invited to talk in more detail you need to be willing to sign an NDA. This is a paid gig, but you would need to be willing to submit an unpaid spec of how you would approach the story. Thank you for your consideration. Christian Ray Flores, Executive Producer, Hollywood World Studios.

CONFERENCES AND CLASSES:

 WANA International Classes:

Demystifying Triberr

Instructor: Jenny Hansen
When: Yahoo loop opens June 13th, 1 hour webinar on June 14th, 12:30-1:30 pm EST, course runs 1 week
Where: Online Webinar + Coaching via email and within Triberr
Description: Is Triberr a mystery to you? This class is for people who would like to harness the power of Triberr and just feel like they’re missing the boat. Triberr is a powerful tool to help you manage social media in a meaningful way. We don’t need to resort to automation or spamming people to create connections in a time-effective way and Triberr is the best tool for the job! Take back your creative space!

Session 1: Join Jenny for an hour-long webinar to learn how to navigate quickly in Triberr and become comfortable with the basic functionality. Settings, Tribal Stream and getting help will be covered.

Session 2: Join Jenny in a Triberr group and on a Yahoo loop for a week of hands-on coaching and training. This real world practice gives you the advantage of a ready-made tribe, plus the ground rules for how to use Triberr responsibly. Increase your blog traffic and have a great time doing it.

Note: A second 1-hour webinar may be held for class participants at the end of this week if there is a need for more live coaching.

Dialogue Only Your Character Would Say

Instructor: Donna Newton
When: 1 session, Saturday June 30, 3-5 pm GMT
Where: Online Webinar
Description: Dialogue can be tricky. After all, not everything we say in “real life” works on a page. In fact, does it need to be said at all? Doesn’t our body language speak for us? During this course we will cover the common mistakes writers make when using dialogue, and how to effectively propel our characters into the hearts of the reader.

In this class we will discuss the six functions of dialogue, the rules when writing dialogue, when to use interior monologues, how to avoid obvious dialogue, dialogue do’s and don’ts, dashes vs ellipses…. and much more.

Writing for Television for the YouTube Generation

Instructor: Rachel Funk Heller
When: June 27, 8-9 pm EST
Where: Online Webinar
Description:

Why do news anchor people speak the way they do? Want to know how to write voice-over copy like the pros, but don’t have time to get a degree in Journalism? Not to worry. In this class, you’ll learn all the tricks of the trade. This class will teach you how to produce a professional-grade video (to promote your book or your business), and also how to add new content to your blog or webpage. You’ll learn the difference between “writing for the eye” and “writing for the ear” as well as how the proper script format to use for your project. After the session, you’re invited to submit samples of your scripts for feedback and helpful suggestions to take your career to the next level.

Free 30 minute consult on your video script idea for the first 15 students who sign up!

Where Do I Begin?

Instructor: Shirley Jump
When: June 25, 7-8 pm CST
Where: Online Webinar
Description: How do you know if you have enough of an idea for a whole book? Where do you start your story? Join Shirley Jump for an interactive workshop that teaches you how to take a germ of an idea and turn it into a story, covering the basics of goal, motivation and conflict. By the end of this class, you’ll have started Once Upon a Time and be on your way to The End!
Please remember to check out legitimacy of all contests, classes, and conferences before you enter, and to copyright all your work before you submit.

Good luck and let me know how you get on.

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This weeks competitions that have caught my eye:

FICTION: Via First Writer

Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   2nd April 2012
Fees:  $20 for one entry.
Prizes:   $1,000 for first place.
Details:   For fiction up to 5,000 words.
Country:   United States
Website:   https://www.pshares.org/submit/Emerging-Writers-Contest.cfm

Write Place Open Writing Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st March 2012
Fees:   £5 for one entry.
Prizes:   £100 for first place. £75; £50.
Details:   For short stories up to 1,500 words on the theme of A Modern Fairy Story.
Contact:   Elaine Everest, 8a Oliver Road, Swanley, Kent BR8 7DY
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   elaineeverest@aol.com
Website:   http://www.thewriteplace.org.uk/page9.htm

Du Maurier Short Story Competition
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st March 2012
Fees:   £5 for one entry.
Prizes:   £100 for first place. 2nd prize £75.
Details:   Short Story. No minimum count – maximum 1500 words. Any genre. The theme is based on The Rondezvous. Postal entries as printed typescripts. Online entries welcome. Fee payable by posting a cheque.
Contact:   11 Pentreath Close Fowey Cornwall PL23 1EP
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   lesleymccartney@btinternet.com
Website:   http://www.dumaurierfestival.co.uk

Writer Advice Flash Prose Contest
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   18th April 2012
Fees:   $12 for one entry.
Prizes:   $200 for first place. $100; $50.
Details:   For flash fiction, memoirs, and creative nonfiction up to 750 words.
Country:   United States
Email:   Lgood67334@comcast.net
Website:   http://www.writeradvice.com

Fantays Short Story
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   20th March 2012
Fees:   $0 for one entry.
Prizes:   $20 for first place. Publication in our magazine with a bio and link to your work.
Details:   We are looking for strong fantasy/medieval fiction short stories up to 6000 words. Entertaining stories that leave the reader asking for more is a must, but strong grammar and spelling is just as important.
Country:   United States
Email:   adam@tavernsvault.com
Website:   http://www.tavernsvault.com

Cheshire Prize for Literature
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   1st September 2012
Fees:   Ł0 for one entry.
Prizes:   Ł2,000 for first place. Ł750 additional prize money and chance to be published in an anthology.
Details:   Awarded for an original short story not exceeding 1,000 words. The writer must have been born, live or have lived, study or have studied, work or have worked in Cheshire, Wirral, Warrington or Halton. Entrants must be over 18. Three typed non returnable copies should be entered. A cover letter with name, address and telephone number should be submitted with the entries.
Contact:   The Cheshire Prize for Literature, University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester, CH1 4BJ
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   cheshireprize@chester.ac.uk
Website:   http://www.chester.ac.uk/literatureprize

CONTEST num.1 by Caligae Travel Files
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   30th April 2012
Fees:   $0 for one entry.
Prizes:   $500 for first place. $300 and $200 for the second and third winner respectively and publishing.
Details:   Topic: Friendly and humorous typology of modern society in your country. Describe and illustrate the most representative, emerging or curious social groups and strata. Material: 1 article (up to 500 chars.) plus at least 1 illustration (of any style) per social type. Number of articles and illustrations is unlimited. Submit only original texts and author’s artworks of your own creation.
Country:   Spain
Email:   editor@caligae.info
Website:   http://www.caligae.info

Toulmin Prize 2012
Category:   Fiction
Closes:   31st March 2012
Fees:   £0 for one entry.
Prizes:   £500 for first place.
Details:   For short stories up to 4,000 words, concerned with some aspect of life in North-East Scotland, and written in Scots (including Doric) or English or a mixture of the two.
Contact:   Professor Ian Russell, Director, The Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen, MacRobert Building, King’s College, Aberdeen AB24 5UA
Country:   United Kingdom
Email:   elphinstone@abdn.ac.uk
Website:   http://www.abdn.ac.uk/elphinstone/events/toulmin/toulmin-prize2012.shtml

ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA Via RWA

29th Annual Orange Rose Contest
Sponsor: Orange County Chapter
Fee: $25–35.00
Deadline: April 14, 2012
Eligibility: RWA members in good standing, not contracted/published in book-length fiction in last 5 years.
Entry: 50 pages including synopsis – electronic entry only to save printing and postage costs!
Categories: Contemporary Category Romance, Erotic Romance, Historical Romance, Inspirational Romance, Mainstream w/Romantic Elements, Paranormal/Time Travel/Fantasy Romance, Romantic Suspense, Single Title Romance, Young Adult Romance.
First Round Judges: Published authors.
Final Judges: Acquiring editors and agents.
Top Prize: $100.00
FMI, www.occrwa.org/contest.

21st Annual Duel on the Delta
Sponsor: River City Romance Writers
Fee: $25.00
Deadline: April 15, 2012 *extended*
Entry: electronic entries only; first twenty pages.
Judges: trained, published and unpublished.
Final Judges: Historical – Deborah Nemeth, Carina Press; Inspirational – Sarah Long, Bethenay House; Erotic – Angela James, Carina Press; Young Adult – Liz Pelletier, Entangled Publishing; Contemporary – Aubrey Pope, Sourcebooks; Romantic Suspense – Liz Bass, Carina Press; and Paranormal – Jill Marsal, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
FMI, www.rivercityromancewriters.org; duelonthedelta@yahoo.com.

SCRIPT WRITING OPPORTUNITIES Via ISA:

WANTED TWO COPYWRITERS IN ENGLISH AND HINDI 
Wanted 2 copywriters in English and Hindi with excellent command in their respective languages for writing scripts for various corporate films, TV shows, documentaries, and TVCs. Send in your detailed resume with a sample writeup and a passport size still photograph to Amber at contact@qedcommunications.com. Only for residents of New Delhi & NCR. FREELANCER CANDIDATES NEED NOT APPLY. THIS POST IS FOR PERMANENT JOB.

WRITING PARTNER WANTED 
I’m a writer with contacts in Los Angeles looking to break into TV. I’m currently developing TV pilots to pitch to friends from my AFI days, who have lately become executives in the industry. I have several pilot ideas that need development, and need a partner to speed the process. If you have pilot ideas of your own, all the better (but not essential). We could pool our efforts and attack it as a team. My sensibilties are comedic but not broadly so, and satirical. Influences include Alexander Payne, Mike Judge, and shows like Enlightened, All In The Family, Downton Abbey. Please send me (Charlie MacNamara) a writing sample and resume at charliemcnamara@mac.com if you’re interested, and I’ll send you some of my work.

SCREENWRITER SEEKS PARTNER TO HELP FINISH SCRIPT
I have a screenpay based on a true life story that has caught the interest of an established actor, he’s been in mulitple movies and had his own tv show. He likes my concept, writing and main characters but still feels the script needs more work. This is the first script I’ve ever written and could use a 50/50 partner to help me bring it to completion. Email me (Jarrod Miller) at jarrod.miller03@gmail.com for more information.

SEEKING SCREENPLAYS BY CANADIANS FOR LOW BUDGET FEATURE 
New production company seeking screenplays by Canadians that can be made for under $1M. Writer-director submissions ok. All genres welcome. Please email a full outline to us at adamdwyer1@gmail.com. If we like it, then the script will be requested. Pay will be 2% of total budget.Thank you.

SEEKING EXPERIENCED SCREENWRITER IN NYC AREA FOR COLLABORATION 
I have written a wonderful story for a full-length movie that features many different sub-plots. I’ve been able to blend all these plots into an easily understood story by using a unique and different concept. I need a proven and experienced screenwriter that can work with me in re-writing my story into a screenplay. I am especially looking for someone with experience in the terrorist/espionage genres. I will share appropriately whatever is to be made from our work. If interested, please email your bio and contact info to me (Anthony Diffley) at mondiff@aol.com. Thank you.

SEEKING WRITER FOR SCI-FI FILM PROJECT 
I really need to find my partner in crime. You don’t need experience as much as enthusiasm and willingness to work on an awesome film project. Specifically, I need a writer (ideally a sci-fi/independent film lover) for development of a truly unique and new sci-fi film project that I am currently developing. I have the story outlined and have the first half of the film (approx 25 scenes) visualised and storyboarded. I have experience editing and have been learning to composite various SFX that might be needed including the development of various rigs and electronic props. If this sounds like its for you and you think you can help feel free to contact me via my email at zombiesatepurplenick@yahoo.com.

LOOKING FOR FEATURE LENGTH ROMANTIC DRAMA OR COMEDY 
I am searching for a feature-length romantic drama (in the vein of “Cairo Time” or “The Eclipse”-Irish film 2011) or romantic comedy (ala “A Touch of Class”) for two amazing actors in their 50s. The piece must be set (or be adaptable to) in a remote and isolated area (preferably a hotel). Adaptations of plays are welcome. Please send logline (in the body of the email, please) to sarah@jofilms.com. Many thanks.

LOOKING FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER SHORT FILM SCRIPT 
We are looking for short film script in the pyschological thriller genre. The story should be set in just one flat or room. The film will be made by us and it will be self-funded. Due credit will be given to writer along with some pay. However, as the project will is self-funded, the money will not be great. Contact us at bharichinmay@hotmail.com.

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Day 6:  Dialogue Structures that Match Real Conversation
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DFW Writers’ Conference 2012
Registration is now open for agent/editor consultations.

You can find out which agents are coming here, and which genres the agents are interested in here. Each agent will have a finite number of slots available so register now!
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There is no way to sugar coat this so I’ll give it to you straight. I like to talk. Anyone who knows me will agree. Sometimes, I just don’t shut up.

But, to us novelists and scriptwriters, dialogue is an extremely important factor of our work. Dialogue is good. Dialogue is a major player in forming our personality and creating our character. Just ask my husband. He will tell you that my dialogue sums me up as a nag 🙂

So, writing dialogue should be a walk in the park, right? After all, we all talk on a daily basis, some of us even in our sleep. We are knowledgeable experts in the field of speech. We’ve been using words to argue and laugh our way through life for twenty, thirty (or us old ones) forty plus years. We know what we’re doing. We don’t need help in this area. Right?

Wrong.

Elmore Leonard and Quentin Tarrantino are arguably two of the best dialogue writers around. If you’ve read any of Leonard’s novel’s (and I do advise you to, if only for the dialogue), or watched any of Tarrantino’s movies, you will understand what I mean. They give their characters a ‘voice’.

By a voice, I mean your characters need their OWN voice. New writers often make the mistake of giving their characters THEIR voice, meaning all their characters sound the same as their author.

But how do I know when you’ve done this? What are the tell tale signs?

In his book ‘Save the Cat’, Blake Snyder talks about a simple test you can do to check whether you have bad and flat dialogue. Take a page of your script and cover your character names. Then, by reading the dialogue, see if you can tell which of you characters are speaking. It’s simple, but extremely effective.

So, just how do we go about distinguishing Bob the Postman from Betty the Accountant? Doesn’t all the dialogue look same, and it’s the movie actors who breathe life into them?

Hell, no! Novelists don’t have the luxury of actors. The dialogue we give our characters to speak can be the difference between novelists and screenwriters getting published or ending up on the slush pile.

Take these examples:

“If Mr Johnson catches you with that, you’re certain to be suspended, maybe even expelled.”

“Yo, dude. If Jonno sees ya, you’ll be outta here. No messing.”

See how both lines are saying the same thing, only in different ways?

Dialogue is conversation. Make it real. However, don’t forget the ‘show, don’t tell’ rule. You don’t need three pages of a husband and wife discussing their marriage problems, when a husband eyeing up the sexy waitress is enough.

Now, I thought I’d have some fun and set you a little quiz. Below, I have listed fifteen lines of dialogue from various films. All you have to do is guess the movie and the character saying it. It’s so easy, I don’t really know why I’m bothering 🙂

I’ll post the answers in the comment box on Monday.

OH, and no cheating on Google.

  1. “You can’t handle the truth!”
  2. “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”
  3. “You had me at ‘hello’.”
  4. “What do they think I am? Dumb or something? Why, I make more money than – than, than Calvin Coolidge! Put together!”
  5. “I know what you’re thinkin’. ‘Did he fire six shots or only five?’ Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I’ve kinda lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya punk?”
  6. “They’re not gonna catch us. We’re on a mission from God.”
  7. “Get away from her, you BITCH!”
  8. “Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
  9. “I am not an animal! I am a human being.”
  10. “…I’m NOT gonna be ignored.”
  11. “Wendy…darling. Light of my life. I’m not gonna hurt ya… I’m just gonna bash your brains in. I’m gonna bash ’em right the f–k in.”
  12. “The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms – greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge – has marked the upward surge of mankind.”
  13. “They’re here!”
  14. “Fellas, last year I made three million dollars. But your fifty thousand was the most fun. Are you ready? Then, let’s go get ’em.”
  15. “I was a better man with you, as a woman, than I ever was with a woman, as a man. Know what I mean? I just gotta learn to do it without the dress.”

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