WGAW September 2017 Calendar

Here it is. Just what we’ve all been waiting for. This month’s Writers Guild of America West activities calendar. For members and non-members alike:

Clickable version is HERE

TVWriter™ Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – September 5, 2017

Good morning! Time for TVWriter™’s  Monday look at our 5 most popular blog posts of the week ending yesterday. They are, in order:

Kelly Jo Brick: Mastering the TV Writing Meeting

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

Empty Promises: My experience submitting scripts to Amazon Studios

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Writing Contest Fee Update

Anybody Remember ‘Ironside?’

And our 5 most visited permanent resource pages are, also in order:

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Writing Contest

Writing the Dreaded Outline

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT: Enter

The Outline/Story

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT: Rules

Major thanks to everyone for making this another great week at TVWriter™. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed and re-read what you loved!

The Best Advice Ever for New Filmmakers

Now this is what we call “breaking in!”

Speaking of animated web series (like the one in the article below), we came across this on one of TVWriter™’s favorite websites, Wordplayer.Com. A solid tip on getting your work produced the way you want it to be produced, from Terry Rossio:

On the Wordplay message boards, one of our contributors, Tom Scott, put it best.
“The truth is, there’s no ladder to climb,” Tom said. “There is no gate, nor are there gatekeepers. There are only those who are making movies and those who aren’t. The professional eyes browsing your work on Inktip are in the same boat you’re in. But my friend who taught himself animation, made a short, put it online and got a movie deal is in the same boat as Neill Blomkamp, Quentin Tarantino and James Cameron.”
“That’s the boat you want to be in,” Tom concluded. “And there’s plenty of room for anyone who ever wants to climb on board.”

Read it all at Wordplay

TVWriter™ Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – August 28, 2017

Good morning! Time for TVWriter™’s  Monday look at our 5 most popular blog posts of the week ending yesterday. They are, in order:

Kelly Jo Brick: Mastering the TV Writing Meeting

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

Anybody Remember ‘Ironside?’

Empty Promises: My experience submitting scripts to Amazon Studios

Larry Brody’s Poetry: ‘I Live in a Haunted House’

And our 5 most visited permanent resource pages are, also in order:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Writing Contest

The Logline

The Outline/Story

Online TV and Film Writing Workshop

Major thanks to everyone for making this another great week at TVWriter™. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed and re-read what you loved!

Anybody Remember ‘Ironside?’

Over the course of 196 episodes from 1967 to 1975 on NBC, Raymond Burr and his crew fought crime on the back lot of Universal City troubled streets of San Francisco thanks to Ironside’s (Burr) wheelchair and specially equipped van. (Hey, it had room for the wheelchair.)

Among the many big name writers of that time who joined Ironside’s pool of freelancers were such luminaries as:

  • Collier Young
  • Sy Salkowitz
  • True Boardman
  • Robert Van Scoyk
  • Sandy Stern
  • Stephen J. Cannell
  • Mark Rodgers
  • Adrian Spies
  • Evan Hunter
  • Robert Ward
  • Liam O’Brien
  • Joel Oliansky
  • Hindi Brooks
  • And many others, including – wait for it – a newbie named Larry Brody

That’s right, our Beloved Leader himself. And now, TVWriter™ is proud to present the following newly discovered and highly beloved mementos of one of the 3 occasions LB ventured onto Ironside’s  turf, discovered by the King of Golden Age TV himself, the illustrious Herbie J Pilato:

Here ya go:

LB’s NOTE: Big thanks for the memories, Herbie J. And for this opportunity to show my name before the title. (Funny thing. I never even imagined this in color. Couldn’t afford a color TV set in those days and never realized Burr wasn’t really black and gray.)

TVWriter™ Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – August 21, 2017

Happy Eclipse! Take good care of your retinas because it’s time for TVWriter™’s  Monday look at our 5 most popular blog posts of the week ending yesterday. They are, in order:

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

Web Series: ‘Stupid Idiots’

“WHAT-IF” PHENOMENA

8 Tips for Writing for Children’s TV Shows

Empty Promises: My experience submitting scripts to Amazon Studios

And our 5 most visited permanent resource pages are, also in order:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

The Logline

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Writing Contest

The Outline/Story

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT: Prizes

Major thanks to everyone for making this another great week at TVWriter™. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed and re-read what you loved!

If You’re a U.S.-Born Poet, This Scholarship is for You

LB’S NOTE: As some of you may know (from clues such as this), I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for poetry. (Notice that I didn’t say that soft spot is in my head, no matter what many people think.)

Because of my love for – and dedication to – poetry, I’m stretching TVWriter™’s mission just a bit by letting all our visitors in on what I believe is a Golden Opportunity…provided that you, like me, not only read poetry but write it too.

Here we go:


The $58,000 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship: Apply Now for 2018

Are you an American-born poet who would like to spend a year travelling abroad? If so, then the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship might just be your perfect opportunity.

The Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship awards approximately US$58,000 annually to a poet to spend one year outside North America, in whatever place the recipient feels will most advance his or her work.

The scholarship is open to all American poets, whether their work has been published or not (though recent recipients have been published poets). There are no age restrictions and poets do not need to be enrolled at university or college. The amount of the prize money is adjusted each year for inflation. In the case of there being two winners, each will receive the full amount.

Applicants must complete an application form (PDF) and there is also the option of providing a brief CV. Unpublished poets should provide a sample of their work of up to 40 typed pages. Published poets can supply one printed volume plus 20 typed pages of their most recent work. There is no entry fee.

The scholarship is administered by the trustees of the will of Amy Lowell at the law firm of Choate, Hall and Stewart in Boston. Enquiries should be directed to the Trust Administrator Laura Reidy via amylowell@choate.com or phone 617 248 5214.

The 2017/18 scholarship attracted 376 applications and the winner was Joanna Klink.  Klink is the author of They Are Sleeping (University of Georgia Press, 2000), Circadian (Penguin, 2007), Raptus (Penguin, 2010), and Excerpts from a Secret Prophecy (Penguin, 2015). Her poems have appeared in many anthologies, most recently Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poems Now and The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth Century Poetry.

Applications for the 2018/2019 scholarship close on Sunday 15 October 2017. The successful recipient will be announced in March 2018. For full entry details visit the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship website.

Read more about poetry and writing and various writing scholarships and prizes at our source for the info above – Aerogramme Writers’ Studio