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April Newsletter

April 12th, 2011 in Newsletter by Debra Eckerling

The April Write On! meeting with guest Pilar Alessandra, On the Page, is Wednesday, April 13 at 12pm PDT/3 pm EDT on Blog Talk Radio. RSVP on Facebook. call in (646-381-4910) or listen online.

APRIL CONTEST – Challenge Yourself
It’s April! Whether you plan to write a screenplay in a month for Script Frenzy, take the Poem-A-Day Challenge for National Poetry Month, or come up with something spectacular and ongoing to do during the month of April, you can win just for declaring Your April Challenge! Four winners will be chosen at random to receive a book thanks to Michael Wiese Productions. For prizes, details, and to post the way in which you will Challenge Yourself in April, go here. Remember to check in throughout and at the end of the month.

Congratulations to Annette Weisse, April winner of an iScript, for posting goals on Write On! Online. Post your May Goals here and be entered in the monthly drawing to win an iScript.

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The interviewer became the interviewee: Listen to my BlogTalkRadio interview on Livin’ the Dream! with J Blair Brown.

Also, I joined Karen Worden and David Branin to interview Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way, The Vein of Gold, The Right to Write) on a special episode of Film Courage with Karen Worden & David Branin on LA Talk Radio. Listen to the podcast here.

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From playwright Paul Kampf: Where is your Talent? is a Free Ebook from PAI Training that offers unique exercises and insight to the professional actor, and presents challenges for personal growth.

From Terri Freedman: BrevityTV, my friend Deron’s comedic web prod. co., is looking for writers on upcoming projects (non-paid, reel building). For more info,

Purple Pencil Adventures: Teen and Tween writers, a new Purple Pencil Adventure is posted every Friday! Learn more on the Facebook Page.

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Wednesday, April 27: Mediabistro Book Party at Viceroy Santa Monica Hotel, 1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, hosted by Mediabistro’s GalleyCat and eBookNewser editor Jason Boog, as well as Debra Eckerling and Michelle Thatcher, from 7pm – 9pm. RSVP here.

Saturday & Sunday, April 30 & May 30: The LA Times Festival of Books moves to the campus of USC. Details and schedule here.

May 4 is the inaugural Fashion140 Conference in New York. Co-created by Jeff Pulver of the 140Conf and Lilly Berelovich of Fashion Snoops.

Save the Date – June 15 – 16: Am thrilled to be leading a Writers Panel at this year’s of the 140Conf in New York. Screenwriter/documentary filmmaker/author Tracey Jackson, Between a Rock and a Hot Place, scriptchat co-founder/screenwriter/novelist Jeanne Veillette Bowerman will be joining me. Check out the schedule. Early Registration ends April 29. Register here.

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). All transcripts are posted on the blog, as well as tons of screenwriting resources.

Screenwriter Karaoke is once a month at Sardos in Burbank. The singing starts at 8:30pm. Details will be posted on Meetup.

The Los Angeles Public Library has a Screenwriters Workshop four Saturdays a 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

Meditation Friday Nights at The Learning Garden the 2nd Friday of the month. Meditation begins promptly at 8:00 pm. Please dress in layers and bring a blanket and cushion to sit on. Meditation lasts about 40 minutes around a fire in the peaceful surroundings of the Garden. Donations go to The Learning Garden. For more information contact Camille at (310) 382-4323.

The April Write On! meeting with guest Pilar Alessandra, On the Page, is Wednesday, April 13 at 12pm PDT/3 pm EDT on Blog Talk Radio. RSVP on Facebook. call in (646-381-4910) or listen online.

The May meeting will be on Blog Talk Radio on May 11. Please send 2-3 line newsletter items to by May 8. Post your May Goals on Write On! Online.

Write On! Online has new content Monday through Friday.

My April Challenge is to post a video every day. Watch on the site or go to!

Mondays – Write On! Reviews:
This feature rotates between TV with Phillip Ramati; Film – Maria Fotopoulos; and Writing Resources with Jeanne Veillette Bowerman, as well as guest columns. The most recent guest column was by Michael Lee.

Tuesdays – Author Q&As:
VS Grenier, Stories for Children Publishing
Poet Veronica Golos
David Perez, Wow!

Write On! WednesdaysSend 2-3 line upcoming events to

Thursday Expert Columns:
Steve On Screenwriting: Your Scrrenwriting IQ, Part 5 by Steve Kaire
Creating Ongoing Characters in Plays by Murray Mednick
Win a Contest & Promote by Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Writing a Song by Damon Martin

Plus, Video Interviews and Random Writing Prompts

Published Authors: Share your knowledge by participating in a Write On! Q&A, Video Interview, or Expert Column. Email for more information.

Create Write Now, the Journaling Solutions Center, shows writers how to use Journal Writing Therapy to cure their Writer’s Block, Page Fright, and Inner Critic dis-eases. Free Writer’s Block Cure eBook.

Dream It, Then Do It!: Communications specialist and writing coach Debra Eckerling and life coach/matchmaker/author Marla Martenson have teamed up to bring you tools and inspiration to turn your dreams into reality. Become a Fan on Facebook. has added a new audiobook component to their offerings. Now, you can get high-quality audiobooks made of your writing!

Chambers of Commerce, connect with your community. Check out

The New Media Film Festival returns to Los Angeles this spring! Stay tuned for details.

Screenwriters and filmmakers, read the StoryLink eZine for interviews, expert columns. contests, and events.

Screenwriter Karaoke meets monthly at Sardos in Burbank. Watch the Write On! video interview with Screenwriter Karaoke creator Merrel Davis and read Jeanne Veillette Bowerman’s review here.

You can write a short story! Let best-selling authors Geoff Hoff and Steve Mancini guide through the short-story writing process with their simple, practical, effective, and fun creative writing system. Learn more here.

Write On! Track LA Personal Training for Writers! Writing coach Debra Eckerling trains individuals, entrepreneurs, and businesses, so they can organize, articulate, and complete their writing projects. Email or call 310.908.8980 for more information!

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Author: Debra Eckerling

Debra Eckerling is a professional writer with expertise in feature articles, corporate communications, and public speaking.

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