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750 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury CT | (860) 877-6099

© 2020 by Storyteller's Cottage LLC. All rights reserved.

April 25 & 26, 2020

LEARN FROM INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS

How to Succeed in Film & Television

Calling all aspiring screenwriters and filmmakers! Join an exciting array of nationally-recognized writers, producers, directors and consultants for an immersive weekend of workshops, panels, keynote lectures and networking. 

 

Learn how to enter, succeed and thrive in the film and television industry from leaders in the field. Meet industry professionals face-to-face in the charming historic setting of Simsbury, Connecticut.

FASCINATING WORKSHOPS

Choose five over two days

PLUS ...

Three keynote presentations

A full panel discussion

Speed script feedback

Up-close Q&A lunches

Dinner with the presenters

Evening social events

 

and more!

 

FILM INDUSTRY

How to Get a Producer to Call You

Collaborating with Directors

How Screenwriters Work with Producers and Studios

How to Market and Monetize

Your Screenplay

How To Make Money from

Your Screenplay or Book Before You Sell It

TELEVISION INDUSTRY

An Insider's View of the

TV Writing Business

How to Write for TV Movies

Sports Matter: Writing the Sports Film & Documentary

The Fourth Dimensional Paradigm:

Writing the Serial Script

Writing the Comedy Script

and more!

SCREENWRITING

Screenwriting Craft & Structure

 

Constructing the Psychology of Your Character

Developing the Theme of

Your Story

How to Write a Logline

50 Things I Wish I Had Known

About Screenwriting

Finding the Right Ending for

Your Story

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTERS

From the film & television industries

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Barb Doyon

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Owner/founder of Extreme Screenwriting, a Los Angeles based screenplay and TV pilot coverage service

Ben Houser

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Emmy-award-winning sports filmmaker and executive producer at ESPN

John Bucher

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Mythologist, writer, and teacher based out of Hollywood, California

Julie Sherman Wolfe

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Screenwriter and producer for the Hallmark Channel

Ron Peloquin

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Connecticut-based screenwriter / screenwriting mentor

Cie Peterson

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Director, writer, editor, actor, and teacher

 

Andrew Gernhard

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Producer and owner of Synthetic Cinema International

Pamela Perry Goulardt

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Award-winning, produced screenwriter, blogger and LIFE magazine photographer

Colin Theys

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Connecticut-based director and producer working with Synthetic Cinema International

CHARMING SETTING

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Simsbury Free Library

Workshops

Panel Discussion

Table Read

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The Storyteller's Cottage

Workshops

Cocktail Party

Evening Social Events

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Simsbury Historical Society

Workshops

 Networking lunches

Heublein Tower

Social Break: Hiking

 

ENTER OUR SCRIPTWRITING CONTEST

Feature length and short form categories

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Enter your screenplay for a chance to win cash prizes

and a TABLE READ of your script at the Summit.

Judges include John Bucher and Barb Doyon.

Early Bird : Enter by Jan 20

Feature Script $39 / Short Script $29 

Regular Entry: Enter by March 20
Feature Script $49 / Short Script $39 

Last-Minute Entry: Enter by April 15 
Feature Script $59 / Short Script $49

Feature Length Prize: $1,000

Short Form Prize: $500

All entries will receive a paragraph of feedback.

 
 

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

Choose from three class options during each workshop session

SATURDAY

9:00 - Registration & coffee

9:30 - Welcome from the CT Film Board

9:45 - Keynote Presentation with John Bucher

10:30 - Workshop Session 1 (choose from 3 class options)

12:00 - Lunch Break (optional catered networking lunches)

1:30 - Workshop Session 2

3:00 - Workshop Session 3

4:30 - Optional Cocktail Party at the Storyteller's Cottage

6:00 - Optional Private Dinner with the presenters at Metro Bis restaurant 

8:00 - Optional Armenian Brandy Tasting Event at the Storyteller's Cottage

SUNDAY

9:00 - Coffee & networking

9:30 - Keynote Presentation with Barb Doyon

10:15 - Workshop Session 4

11:45 - Lunch Break (optional catered networking lunches)

12:30 - Workshop Session 5

2:00 - Panel Discussion

3:00 - Table Read of Scriptwriting Contest winner

Participants will receive an email listing all class choices

after their registration is received, and can then 

choose the classes they prefer during each workshop session.

2019 PARTICIPANT FEEDBACK

"The improv and character workshops were my favorites. The industry insights classes were great too. I left feeling like once I craft and assemble a portfolio, I know what the next steps are. The inner-workings of the business are starting to become demystified!"

 

"Overall, the event's organization was flawless. My favorite highlights: Lisa's and Pam's warm welcoming smile when I first walked into the building. Connecting with Barb Doyon to work on a real project. John's entertaining/educational storytelling and character insight that I can put to work in a new novel. Knowing what to do next with Barb's step-by-step process/handouts to get attention online."

 

"I enjoyed the small workshops, as everyone had an equal chance to meet the presenter. The Storyteller's Cottage is a beautiful place, as were the rest of the meeting places in Simsbury. John Bucher's presentations, as well as the 'Getting an Agent to Contact You' Keynote were my favorites. They taught things that I have never learned from my courses at my university or from books."

 

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