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How to Break into the Screenwriting Business

At a Glance

  • This workshop is for writers and screenwriters seeking to establish and develop their careers.
  • This workshop provides instruction on how to advance a writer's career and make networking connections.
  • Take this workshop in order to map out your future as a writer!

Upon completion of a few screenplays every writer wonders what he or she must do now. Every one they speak with has an opinion about agents and query letters and networking and many other seemingly mysterious moves the new writer must make. This course has the correct, concise and complete answers to these and many more questions. The teacher, Michele Wallerstein, has spent over 20 years as a literary agent and shares her knowledge of how to get you to the best place possible for your writing career.

Take this journey with Michele to discover the inside information that designs a literal map to your success. You’ll have the knowledge and know-how that you will need to move ahead without the common blunders of an ingénue.

What You'll Learn:

  • Best practices in networking.
  • How to write a killer query letter.
  • How to work with agents, managers, and attorneys.
  • How to protect your writing career.

Who Should Take This Course:

  • Writers looking to advance their career and make networking connections.
  • New writers seeking to establish themselves.
  • New writers who want to have a solid plan about how to break in.
  • Establish writers who want to find new ways to expand.

Lesson Plan:

SESSION ONE: NETWORKING AND QUERY LETTERS

  • The importance of networking
  • How networking can improve your career
  • Learn exactly how you can network successfully
  • How to write a blockbuster query letter
  • Where the query letter can help your career
  • How to follow up after the letter has been sent
  • Different types of query letters

SESSION TWO: HOW DOES YOUR AGENT WORK FOR YOU AND AGENTS, PERSONAL MANAGERS and ATTORNEYS

  • Discover the daily routine of agents
  • Understand precisely what agents can and cannot do for your career
  • Learn why you might need all of these professionals for your career
  • Understanding the differences of these professionals
  • Learn how to use them appropriately and effectively

SESSION THREE: THE AGENT/CLIENT RELATIONSHIP

  • Learn how to make your agent work harder for you
  • What is your job vis a vis your agent
  • How to know if he/she is the right representative for you

SESSION FOUR: PROTECTING YOUR WRITING CAREER

  • Handling film community meetings
  • How to make a great “pitch” to executives
  • Preparing for the unexpected
  • Following up
  • Keeping your important relationships

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Return Policy

Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.

Ship the item(s) to The Writers Store via a traceable and insured method. You will be responsible for return shipping fees.

Please include a completed Return Form with your shipment. Refunds take up to one week to process once we have received the item(s).

Software returns must be deactivated and uninstalled from your computer before a refund may be issued. Please contact the software manufacturer if you need assistance uninstalling or deactivating your software.

The following items are not returnable: Hollywood Creative Directories, DVDs (opened), and Gift Certificates.

Meet the Author: Michele Wallerstein

Michele Wallerstein was a literary agent for 25 years and currently works as a screenplay, novel, and career consultant. She helps writers make their work marketable to the Hollywood community and/or the publishing world. She is a guest speaker at seminars, pitch festivals, film festivals, and writers' groups all across the United States. Michele is the former executive vice-president of Women In Film.

$199.99