QUERY CONTEST

Congratulations to the Winners of the Write On! Online/The Write Environment Query Contest. Thanks to everyone who entered! We had so many good submissions. Write On! Online and The Write Environment were pleased to join forces for this contest, designed to help writers jump-start their careers. Queries were judged on strength of idea, execution, and format. For the list of winners, prizes, and sponsors, go to: http://writeononline.com/2009/07/07/write-on-onlinethe-write-environment-query-contest-winners

NEWS

Congratulations to Greg Jacobs, July winner of an iScript, for posting goals on Write On! Online. Post your August goals on the Write On! Online Facebook Page, and be entered in the monthly drawing to win a FREE iScript.

Doug Peckenpaugh is looking for a definitive historical text on northern Wisconsin/UP Ojibwa people–origins in that area and subsequent interactions with settlers. He’s gathering info for his novel project. If you can help, email Doug at culinology@yahoo.com.

Kathy Funston now has a new website www.kathifunston.com (designed by Patrick Ortman, Inc.). Also, Couch Cases (www.couchcases.com) has reached two million views!

Larry Whatcott’s script Killing Time won two categories in The Feeding Frenzy Screenplay Competition. He was a “Top Ten Finalist” and won the “Special Award for Best Ending.” Congrats, Larry.

Shella has a room for rent in her charming self-contained apartment on a quiet street in Westwood. (Laundry room and gym in the building. Room has a private bathroom attached with bath/shower. Apartment shared with two females. Safe, private parking also available.) Available ASAP. Rent $826. For more information, email shella.udoh@gmail.com.

EVENTS

The next Write On! Creating An Online Identity workshop will be on Saturday, July 11, starting at 1:30 pm, at The Learning Garden at Venice High School. In today’s climate, having an online presence is one of the most valuable assets a writer — or anyone in business — can possess! Learn strategies for marketing yourself on the web, including why and how to create a blog, using social networking effectively for self-promotion, enewsletters, and more! Remember, bring business cards to jumpstart your networking! Suggested donation $25! RSVP required by July 10th. For details: check out StoryLink (http://www.storylink.com/event/writeononlineidentity) or the Write On! Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/writeononline). Or email writeononline@yahoo.com.

From Jon Dorf: The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights holds its annual picnic on Sunday, July 12th from 2 to 5pm. It’ll take place at a house atop a hill with 360 degree views of downtown and the mountains, and there will be food and drink galore. Download an invite at http://laplaywrights.org/09PicnicInvite.pdf and be sure to get it in by July 9th! With questions, email info@laplaywrights.org. Come join us!

Starting on July 16, “Come reconnect with nature, with yourself, and with community.” Meditation Thursday Nights at the Learning Garden. Gates open at 7 pm; Meditation begins promptly at 7:30 pm. Please dress in layers and bring a blanket and cushion to sit on. We will be meditating for about 40 minutes around a fire in the peaceful surroundings of the Garden. Donations go to the Learning Garden. All are welcome. For more information contact Camille at (310) 382-4323 .

Want to hear your work read? AltScreenPlay meets on Thursdays 7:30 – 10 pm, at Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA, and is moderated by Matt Byrnes, mbbyrnes@gmail.com. First reading starts at 8 pm; and readings begin in the order in which the author arrived. Bring 1-10 pages of your screenplay, and make enough copies for each role. No RSVP necessary. Feel free to sit in without bringing any material of your own. For more information: http://inscreenwriting.com.

The Los Angeles Public Library now has a Screenwriters Workshop four Saturdays of the month at different branches, from 10:30 am – 12 pm, and every Sunday in the Farmers Market community room from 3 – 5 pm, hosted by Sasha Karova. Learn format and workshop original material (screenplays, 1/2 hour sitcom, and 1/2 hour and 1 hour episodic) with an open reading or read-through. Open reading is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP to WritersUnblock@aol.com.

WRITE ON!
Our August Meeting will be on Wednesday, August 12. Please have newsletter items to me by August 10.

July & August Extra Credit: Go out and have some fun. Do something different, have an adventure. And then write about it! Post 300 – 400 words on the Write On! Yahoo or Facebook Page Message Board by August 10. Some suggestions: Take an improv or dance class, choose a place you’ve been wanting to explore – and walk there, try surfing. The winner will receive The Write Environment DVD with Entourage creator Doug Ellin and have their story in the next newsletter.

Write On! Online Author Q&As are now every Tuesday AND Friday. Check out the columns posted since the last newsletter, including coverage of the Los Angeles Film Festival:

Brigitte A Thompson, Bookkeeping Basics for Freelance Writers

CM Mayo, The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire

Elayne Savage, Don’t Take it Personally!

Filmmaker Matt Bissonette, Passenger Side

Filmmaker Kevin Hamedani, Zombies of Mass Destruction

Suzi Yoonessi, Dear Lemon Lima

Published authors: Share your knowledge by participating in a Write On! Q&A. Email writeononline@yahoo.com for more information. Also, if you have previously participated in an Author Q&A, please keep us posted on current projects!

Also, read “Jen’s Gems … for the Healthy Writer: (Imaginary) Practice Makes Perfect” by Seattle-based movement and fitness coach Jennifer Waak.

FINAL NOTE

Writers Boot Camp hosts networking breakfasts the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month: breakfast starts at 7:45 am, speakers begin at 8:30 am. On Wednesday, July 8, the Writers Boot Camp Business Breakfast will be a Script Development Panel with Braden Aftergood, Development Executive at Film 44; Ashley Lewis, Story Editor at Mandate Pictures; and Jenna Santoianni, Creative Executive at Parkes/MacDonald.

Mention Write On! and receive the Write On! Breakfast rate of $15 (regular price is $25). Write On! members also receive a discount on enlistment in Writers Boot Camp. http://www.writersbootcamp.com/29distinction.asp. For more information and/or to rsvp to the business breakfast, contact Christine Baroumand at 800/800-1733 ext. 313, or christine@writersbootcamp.com.

Also, Writers Boot Camp founder Jeffrey Gordon will present a free a Special Mini-Camp “Distinctions of TV Pilot Writing” on Tuesday July 21, 7:30 – 9:30pm. Whether you’re writing film or TV, you will learn tools that have empowered an ever-growing list of Writers Boot Camp alumni to transition to careers. RSVP Christine@writersbootcamp.com. Writers Boot Camp, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Bldg. i, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

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