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Announcing the First Annual Mediabistro Fellowship in (Media-Related) Screenwriting

A special offer for screenwriters wanting to break into Los Angeles media commentary, or vice-versa! My imperial overlord, mediabistro.com, is offering a course on screenwriting taught by Max Adams, writer of the movies ‘The Ladykillers’ and ‘Excess Baggage’ , and busy getter of above-scale studio assignments. Not to mention the author of the book ‘The Screenwriter’s Survival Guide, Or Guerrilla Meeting Tactics and Other Acts of War.’ Here’s your chance to take the class for 50% off, a savings of over $300.

You see, Mediabistro is sponsoring the First Annual FishbowlLA Los Angeles Media Screenplay Scene Contest. To enter the FAFLAMSSC, send us a scene from a screenplay featuring one or more Southern California media people. The genre and level of veracity is up to you, so be creative. A heist movie set at 5700 Wilshire? A road-trip movie about Michael Kinsley and Dan Neil? An epic romance about Arianna Huffington and Arianna Huffington? Those all sound like fast-track projects here at FishbowlLAWorks. More details after the jump.


You can also decide at what point in the hypothetical movie your submission scene takes place. It doesn’t have to be the ‘inciting incident’ (which I understand is the screenplay equivalent of a ‘lede’– exactly the sort of thing you’ll learn in this class).

The winner will be chosen by, uh, me. And maybe Max Adams, though we haven’t told her that yet. Deadline is Wed., September 7th. We’ll choose the winner by the 9th, and the class, which runs for 12 weeks, starts the 14th. I’ll be running the best submissions on the blog, so if you send something, you’re giving us the right to put it up. (If you want to be anonymous, that’s fine, but let me know.)

More info on the class here. Send submissions here.
Can’t wait to read.

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