Post your September Goals here and be entered in the monthly drawing to win an iScript. (An iScript is a professionally recorded audio version of a screenplay or novel read by professional readers, similar to an audiobook.)

Write On! Summer Challenge: Write a fictional “How I Spent My Summer Vacation.” Deadline is August 31. Prizes from iScript, The Writers Store, and authors from VBT-Writers on the Move. Travel writer John E. DiScala (a.k.a. Johnny Jet) will select the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from the finalists!. Submit your 200 to 400 word story in the body of an email to For complete prize info and submission guidelines, check the website.

Thursday, August 19: L.A. Charity Speed Shrinking Party from 7 to 9 pm at Busby’s East 5364 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, celebrating the release of Susan Shapiro’s Speed Shrinking in paperback. Proceeds to 826 National. Check Susan’s website for ticket information and details about her other LA events.

Sunday, August 22: UCLA Extension Writers’ Program presents the 2010 Writers Faire from 11 am – 3 pm at the Young Hall Courtyard on the UCLA campus. Exhibit mall opens at 10 am. Admission is free. Parking is $10. Go to the website to read the event schedule

Wednesday, August 25: The next Dream It, Then Do It “Power Lunch” with Debra Eckerling and Marla Martenson on Blog Talk Radio is from 11 am – 11:30 am. Listen. Call in. Learn. Here’s the link!

Wednesday, August 25: American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Presents… An Evening with Screenwriter Callie Khouri, Thelma & Louise. Screening at the Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, is at 7:30 pm, followed by a Q&A with the screenwriter. For tickets, go to

Thursday, August 26: The Writers Guild Foundation and Writers Guild of America West present Sublime Primetime, panel of 2010 Emmy-nominated writers from 7:30 – 9:30 pm at the Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. Lost’s Carlton Cuse will moderate the panel, including Rolin Jones – Friday Night Lights; Mindy Kaling – The Office; Robert King & Michelle King – The Good Wife; Steven Levitan – Modern Family; Bruce C. McKenna and Robert Schenkkan – The Pacific; Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk & Ian Brennan – Glee; and Andy Richter – The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. For tickets and additional information, check the website.

Wednesday, August 27: American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Presents… An Evening with Screenwriter Daniel Waters & Director Michael Lehmann, Heathers. Screening at the Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, is at 7:30 pm, followed by a Q&A with the screenwriter and director. For tickets, go to

Monday, August 30: Film Courage – The Radio Show hosts its monthly Film Courage Interactive from 7 pm to 11 pm at The Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main St., Los Angeles. The night will feature Shooting April, written and directed by Tod Lancaster. Director’s Q & A and filmmaker-discussion (“support group”) caps off the event. For more info, please visit or

Screenwriters: The August StoryLink eZine is up! Check out the interview with Jimmy Palmiotti, Post a Question for Mad Men writer Erin Levy, read Michael Hauge’s Expert Article on Movie Reality vs Real Reality, learn about The Writers Stores big move to Burbank; plus events, contests, and more.

Sundays: Scriptchat is a twitter chat for new and seasoned screenwriters. Since screenwriters are global, Scriptchat has two chats each Sunday: 8pm GMT is EURO #scriptchat, moderated by Mina Zaher (@DreamsGrafter) and 8pm EST, moderated by Jeanne Veillette Bowerman (@jeannevb). Remember, Scriptchat is a community, not competitors. Everyone has something to learn. All transcripts are posted on the blog, as well as tons of screenwriting resources:

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