Enter the Write On! Online/The Write Environment Query Contest by June 30. The winner in each category – Screenplay, Teleplay, Fiction (Novel), and Non-Fiction (Book/Memoir) – will have their query letter read by a literary agent, among other prizes. Sponsors include The Writers Store, iScript, Blake Snyder and Save the Cat, and more. For a complete list of prizes, as well as submission guidelines, read all about it here: And please spread the word!

Congratulations to Philip Davetas, June winner of an iScript, for posting goals on Write On! Online. Join the Write On! Online Yahoo group or Facebook group, post your goals, and be entered in the monthly drawing to win a FREE iScript.

Thanks to those who attended last week’s workshop: Write On!: Creating an Online Identity. I will be doing another workshop on a Saturday in July. Details to come.

Mark Niu just wrapped up shooting his short film, Juche Rules, ( ) based on his play that was staged at East-West Players Theater last year. The first few pages of the play, which is set on a bus in North Korea, were first read in the Write On! workshop. Now begins the search for anyone interested in coming aboard as a co-producer or investor on this “extremely” timely and unique film.

Congrats to Arthur Jolly: his play – The Fine Print – was chosen Audience Favorite at A New Plays Festival & Competition. Best of the Fest will be presented on June 21, 7pm, at the Promenade Playhouse. For details, go to: www.cruthaighproductionscom

Terri Freedman’s improv-based web series, EXIT Stage Left, will be shooting the world’s first live multi-camera web series season finale on Thursday June 25th. See at 7pm PDT with a countdown lineup starting at 6pm. Episodes 1-12 are available at

Save the Cat! Get info on “The Second STC! Challenge of 2009” at Great prizes!

The June StoryLink eZine has some great info on writing summer blockbusters, including an interview with Alex Kurtman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Transformers):


Write On! member Martha Elena Burns will be discussing & signing her book BELLY DANCE: Celebrating the Sacred Feminine at The Bodhi Tree, 8585 Melrose Avenue, W. Hollywood, on Tuesday, June 16, 7:30 pm.

The Los Angeles Film Festival runs from June 18 – June 30. Keep an eye out for Author Q&As with some of this year’s filmmakers on If you are in the area, check out some of the premieres, screenings, coffee talks, poolside chats, and other don’t-miss events:

Events at The Learning Garden at Venice High School: Summer Solstice is this Saturday, June 20, at 5 pm, and coming soon is the 4th of July Ice Cream Social! For details go to The Learning Garden (or David King’s) Facebook Page or email David:

The next MedioBistro Mixer – hosted by Michelle Thatcher and Debra Eckerling – will be in Santa Monica on June 30:

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, 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:

Online Playwriting Class: The next session of Introduction to Playwriting, Jonathan Dorf’s course at Writers University, begins July 13th! To enroll or for information:

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

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. 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. For more information and/or to rsvp to the business breakfast, contact Christine Baroumand at 800-800-1733 ext. 313, or

Our July Meeting will be on Wednesday, July 8. Please have newsletter items to me by July 6.

June Extra Credit: Enter the Write On! Online/The Write Environment Query Contest.

July Extra Credit: Will be assigned at the June Meeting.

Write On! Online Author Q&As are now every Tuesday AND Friday. Check out the columns posted since the last newsletter:

JK Hawkins, My Weird Family Series

Mary Beth Sammons, Second Acts that Change Lives

John West, The Last Goodnights

Jennifer Graussman & Mark Becker, Co-Directors, Pressure Cooker

Sarah Happel, Modelogues

Gari Stein, The More We Get Together

Amy Friedman, Syndicated Columnist

Robert Tuchman, Young Guns

Margie Blumberg, The Scoop on Good Grammar

Jodi Lipper, The Hot Chick series

Published authors: Share your knowledge by participating in a Write On! Q&A. Email for more information.

Also, read “Jen’s Gems … for the Healthy Writer: Just Stand” by Seattle-based movement and fitness coach Jennifer Waak:


Literary non-profit PEN USA’s 2010 Emerging Voice Fellowship application cycle is now open. Emerging Voices is an intensive eight-month program for writers in the early stages of their literary careers. The program includes free classes at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program; a one-on-one mentorship with a professional writer; Q&A evenings with professional writers, publishers, editors, and agents; Master classes by genre with a published PEN author; Day-long workshops on various elements of publishing; a $1,000 stipend. The program culminates with a public reading and reception. Applications are due on August, 14, 2009.

OurTvSpace just announced its 2009 New Media Fellow program – a fellowship for writers with OurTvSpace – an exciting and growing Digital Network! For information, go to the OurTvSpace Website:



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