What I Learned From My Own Writers Workshop
I spent the last two days with a wonderful group of people passing along some of the information I have gathered in my 35 years as a film, TV, animation and Broadway writer. They all told me they learned a lot from me but I learned a lot from them, as well.
- Just because someone is starting out as a writer doesn’t mean they won’t have amazing ideas..even if this is a mid-life attempt at a career change.
- Most people who want to write do it because they love movies, TV, etc. and not because they’re trying to make a quick buck.
- No one is born with the innate knowledge that films have a 3 act structure, half hour tv – 4 act, TV movies-7 or 8 depending on the network. Someone has to teach them that.
- People have lots of questions. Books about writing can’t respond to your questions. A live person, can.
- Too many people are hurting themselves with negative self talk…”I’m terrible at pitching.” “I don’t know what I’m doing.” etc. As one of my students said today, “When you go in to sell something, leave your critic outside the door.”
- Students can be extremely astute and generous about other students work.
- Sometimes people need someone else to point out where the real strengths of their story lie.
- What can a 17 year old, a 44 year old and a 75 year old have in common? Lots, if they are all writers!
- And finally, I learned that passing along what I’ve learned from my own experiences is incredibly rewarding. Thanks to my very first class and I hope some of you can join me for my next.