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The drama behind the drama.
FEBRUARY 22 – 24, 2013
3rd Television Writers Symposium, in association with the Woods Hole Inn
The Drama behind the Drama
A vivid introduction to the inner workings of dramatic network television, this two-day Symposium will dissect all the pieces of success in hour-long drama writing.
Meet TV drama veteran P.K. Simonds (executive producer of “Ghost Whisperer” and “Party of Five”) who will lead your journey. Film writing gets more attention in teaching programs and in the media, but the majority of jobs and income are derived writing for network and cable TV. Simonds has spent combined over 25 years in the network TV trenches and he will share his experience with you.
The weekend starts with a wine and cheese reception on Friday night, then all day Saturday and a final session on Sunday morning.
The Symposium will go from macro to micro, beginning with an overview of the industry, exploring the differing roles of the writer in TV versus film, then deconstructing the process of writing and producing a single TV episode. Says Simonds, “We want to break the business down and make it more understandable. How does a writers room work? How are stories developed and seasons planned? Who is responsible for a single script? What is the balance of power between the players? Is it possible to do your job in Hollywood without selling your soul?” To illustrate the creative process in action, participants will then be invited to share their stories with the group.
Simonds will lead a story discussion, the same way it happens in professional writers rooms, to try to help writers develop their ideas. We’ll conclude by discussing important first steps for writers to take to break into the industry. Writers will network, share ideas and enjoy the stark beauty of Cape Cod in winter. Applications are currently being accepted. Fee to attend is $150 per writer. Accepted attendees will be offered a discounted lodging package at the Woods Hole Inn in Woods Hole ($199 for two nights including breakfast). Book the Woods Hole Inn by calling (508) 495-0248.
Application for the Symposium is required and is available on the Woods Hole Film Festival website.