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San Luis Obispo, CA–Whether your desire for screenwriting finds you living in the big city or venturing far off the beaten path, writers of all preferences can find refuge at this year’s 34th annual Central Coast Writers Conference. Claimed to be the happiest city in America, the San Luis Obispo area is an oasis for screenwriters of all levels seeking to put their dream in action. From September 27th-29th, writers can join Hollywood’s best as they gather to teach, share, and learn amongst the beautiful scenery beholden to the Central Coast.
Joining the conference for 2018 will be a series of screenwriters including Writing for Screen Master Class teacher, Doug Richardson, the man responsible for blockbuster movies such as Bad Boys and Die Hard 2. His six-hour writing-intensive workshop will focus on creating the opening scene of a movie. During the seminar, students will write and share their scenes with Richardson who will then guide them to a completed opening scene. Richardson’s knowledge will propel screenwriters towards what it takes to create a blockbuster movie.
“I am going to teach my group the power and possibility of a strong opening scene and to have that scene be almost finished at the end of the day. I love teaching my techniques that have brought me so much success,” said Richardson.
Further screenwriting talent will be showcased with panels taught by fellow Master Class speakers and Academy, Emmy award, and Netflix star talent, Peter Dunne and Jonathan Maberry. Ricky Roxburgh, Donald H. Hewitt, Michael Tabb, Jeanne Veillette Bowerman and Michael Stackpole will also take the stage, sharing everything from success tips, to how to create sustainable characters.
“Our screenwriters – new and returning – have proven that dedication to this line of work can lead to success in the cutthroat world of the film industry. Our job is to make success a possibility for everyone interested in writing for the screen,” stated Teri Bayus, returning conference director for the fourth year in-a-row.
Friday’s Screenwriting Track will be dedicated towards Dunne’s Writing for Social Change in Film and Television, Tabb’s Script Editing Tricks, and Richardson’s Congrats, You Just Sold Your First Screenplay to Hollywood. Now Comes the Hard Part. The day will finish off with Richardson and Bowerman’s How to Succeed and NOT Live in Hollywood. Writing for the Screen will especially be propelled on Saturday with a total of ten workshops. With classes meant for both the beginning and conclusive parts of screenwriting, there is something for everyone. For more information, please visit the centralcoastwritersconference.com.
Hosting the Friday Night Networking and Storytelling event will be the four-star and local favorite, the Inn at Morro Bay. Home to conference staff for the weekend and priced at an average of $195 per night during the conference, this is the ideal location for those wanting to immerse themselves in both conference and coast. No better pair, the event will offer an abundance of appetizers, as well as some of the finest local wines for a cost of $50 per person.
With other hotels ranging from $70-$300 per night, Morro Bay offers housing for all income levels. Just minutes – or steps – away from the Bay at each and every hotel, the location of the conference offers a retreat for its screenwriters. With a mere 10-minute drive between hotels and Cuesta College campus, host of the conference, these idyllic locations are the ultimate oasis for both big city dreamers, and those simply keen on letting their writing take flight.
A taste of local wines, beers, foods, and experience all wrapped into a whopping bite of the Central Coast, the conference is sure to meet every standard for a screenwriter’s haven. For more information on screenwriting workshops and conference details, please visit www.centralcoastwritersconference.com. Further questions may be directed towards Teri Bayus at (805) 305-0579 or firstname.lastname@example.org.