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826LA Adult Writing Seminar Series: TV Writing - Four Part Mini-series


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Join us for the next four panels in our Writing Series for Adults:

TV Writing! A Four Part Mini-series

Sundays, October 11, 18, 25 and November 1 at 7:30PM

826LA EAST, 1714 W Sunset Blvd, LA CA 90026

213 413 3388



Join us in a panel discussion with writers from some of the best programs currently on TV. Our professional and hilarious panelists will discuss such topics as creating one’s own work vs. staff writing, business vs. art (and whether it’s always a “vs” situation), long days, stale jokes, breaking new ground, and the looming threat of new media. Panelists will also answer your questions and give tips for breaking into the business.


$25 per installment or $100 for the full mini-series

Tickets prices are non refundable and panels are subject to change without notice.

All proceeds go to 826LAClick here to purchase tickets.


Each Seminar will feature 3-4 writers and, in some instances, include an industry executive.

Adam Beechen
Mat Harawitz
David Goodman
Sarah Goldfinger

Carter Bays
Samantha McIntyre
Warren Bell
Sam Register
David Schulner


Amy Berg

Chrissy Pietrosh & Jessica Goldstein
David Slack

Jerry Stahl


Amy Berg
Jenji Kohan
Stacy Traub


Carter Bays (Co-Creator & Executive Producer, How I Met Your Mother) Carter Bays, along with How I Met Your Mother Executive Producer Craig Thomas, is best known for his Emmy-nominated writing for The Late Show With David Letterman. Bays, a graduate of Wesleyan University, recently served as Supervising Producer/Writer on American Dad!. His other writing credits include Oliver Beene. He resides in Los Angeles.


Adam Beechen Most recently Story Editor on the highly-anticipated animated series Pink Panther and Pals for Cartoon Network, Adam Beechen began his professional career as a staff-writer for the Aaron Spelling-produced prime-time drama Savannah and has written for some of the most popular and acclaimed animated and live-action children’s series of the past decade, including cartoons such as Ben 10Teen TitansBatman: The Brave and the Bold, The Batman (for which he received an Emmy nomination), and Rugrats, among others. Adam is the author of Hench, a graphic novel which was optioned by Warner Brothers as a live-action feature in which Danny McBride will star and Neal Moritz (I Am Legend) will produce. Adam has written Teen TitansRobin, and Batgirl, among other comic books for DC Comics.  Adam’s second graphic novel, Dugout, hit bookshelves in summer 2008, and his young adult novels are currently available.


Warren Bell is a 20-year veteran of the sitcom business. His lengthy list of credits as a writer, producer and showrunner includes CoachEllenThe PJs, and According to Jim.  He also has written or co-written 13 network pilots, and desperately needs to make it 14 very soon.


Amy Berg started her television career writing Nickelodeon live-action comedies before segueing into one-hour dramas.  She's known primarily for her work on the science fiction series The 4400 (USA) and Threshold (CBS) as well as the crime caper show Leverage(TNT).  She currently serves as a writer and Co-Executive Producer of SyFy's hit series, Eureka.

Sarah Goldfinger graduated from Hampshire College where she wrote her first (and so far only) play.  She liked hearing her words out loud so she moved to LA to try to write for TV. She started as a Writers' Assistant on a then-brand-new show called CSI.  She became a writer on CSI in Season 3 and stayed until Season 9 (probably longer than anyone should write about murder).  She now writes for Brothers and Sisters.  Her parents are very proud. Her brothers could care less.


Jessica Goldstein and Chrissy Pietrosh met at Northwestern University and have been writing together ever since. Some of their past television credits include Big Day (ABC), My Name is Earl (NBC) and now Cougar Town (ABC) where they are Supervising Producers. Chrissy is tall, Jessica is short... other than that they are mostly the same person. They met their husbands months apart on the same dating website, both recently got married in Philadelphia and bought homes mere blocks from each other. There is nothing unhealthy about their relationship.

David A. Goodman began his career in 1988 as a staff writer on the sitcom The Golden Girls.  Since then, has written on staff or freelance for fifteen television series, including: WingsDream On, and Flying Blind.  He later served as Co-Executive Producer on Futurama, and Consulting Producer on Star Trek: Enterprise. He was hired on Family Guy in its third season as Co-Executive Producer, and when the show was revived in 2004 he returned as Executive Producer for the current run of the series. He also serves on the Writers Guild Board of Directors, and was a member of the WGA Negotiating Committee during the 2007-2008 strike.

Mat Harawitz (MTV's Hard Times) According to his mother, Mathew Harawitz is "a very talented writer and comedian." She'll go on to tell you that he's written on "some show I don't know the name of 'cause it isn't even on yet, that one program with the Mexican, that other one that I record 'cause it's on too late, those filthy Roasts, and a bunch of fakakta shows I've never heard of." According to his father, Mathew is "not a doctor." 


Jenji Kohan began her career on The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air after graduating from Columbia University. Her series writing credits include First Time Out, Mad About You, Tracey Takes On, Sex And The City, Boston Common, Gilmore Girls, Will & Grace and Adventures In Television. She was the creator of the ABC pilot My Wonderful Life, creator and executive producer of the CBS television series The Stones, and has written numerous other studio pilots. In 1999, she was honored with an Emmy® Award for 'Outstanding Comedy Series' for her work on Tracey Takes On. In addition, Kohan won the Writers Guild Award for 'Best Episodic Comedy' for the pilot of WEEDS entitled 'You Can't Miss The Bear.' Kohan is the daughter of 13-time Emmy® Award-winning television writer Buz Kohan and Rhea Kohan, an accomplished novelist. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, journalist/author/music supervisor Christopher Noxon and her three children, Charlie, Eliza and Oscar.


Samantha McIntyre is an actor and writer from Dallas, TX, where she grew up watching a lot of TV and did not grow up riding horses.  She is a Story Editor on HBO’s Bored to Death, and previously wrote on short-lived shows, Twenty Good Years and Roommates.  Samantha also has an MFA in Acting from SMU, which means she is overly willing to read all the small parts at the table read.


Sam Register (Warner Bros animation) was named Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs, at Warner Bros. Animation, in June 2008. In this position, he spearheads creative efforts for the development and production of new programming and content for all distribution outlets, including traditional animated product for television, as well as for KidsWB.com. He also works closely with Warner Premiere on the Studio’s animated direct-to-DVD releases. Previously, he was an animation executive and, later, producer at Cartoon Network for 10 years, where he developed hit animated series such as Ben 10 and Teen Titans, and created Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi.  During his tenure at Cartoon Network, he oversaw numerous successful program launches, reinvigorated the DC Comics animated universe, established powerful relationships with such companies as Lucasfilm, and helped grow www.cartoonnetwork.com from a small marketing portal to an exciting kids’ entertainment destination.


David Schulner began his career as a playwright. His plays have been produced Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater and regionally at The Old Globe, The Long Wharf and Black Dahlia Theater among others. Television includes Once and AgainEverwoodDesperate HousewivesTell Me You Love MeKings, and the current Trauma on NBC. David's first pilot, The Oaks, was made by 20th Century Fox for FOX and his second pilot, Crush, was developed for ABC/Touchstone.


David Slack began his career in animation, writing for cartoon favorites such as Teen Titans, Jackie Chan Adventures, and Totally Spies. From Saturday morning cartoons, he somehow made the leap to Law & Order. He's still trying to figure out exactly how he pulled that off. Working in primetime since 2005, David currently writes for the ABC series The Forgotten, starring Christian Slater.


Jerry Stahl is author of the narcotic memoir classic Permanent Midnight; I, Fatty (film rights optioned by Johnny Depp); Perv—A Love Story; and Plainclothes Naked. He has written extensively for film and television, and his much-anthologized fiction and journalism have appeared in Esquire, Details, Playboy, Black Book, LA Weekly, and Tin House. He lives in Los Angeles. http://www.jerrystahl.com


with moderator,

Ben Blacker with Ben Acker, his writing and producing partner, Ben Blacker is the creator of The Thrilling Adventure and Supernatural Suspense Hour, a monthly staged production in the style of old-time radio, starring lots of actors you know from your television. Most recently, Acker & Blacker developed pilots for 20th Century Fox Studios and for Nickelodeon. They wrote the feature film Drones, a sci-fi rom-com, which will see release this year. Probably. For more information and pretty pictures, go to ThrillingAdventureHour.com.

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1714 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90026

Weekly Event - Every Sunday: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

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826LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

With this in mind, we provide after-school and in-school tutoring, creative workshops, field trips, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications.

All of our programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student’s power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in his or her individual voice.

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