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How to Break into the Business with Corey Mandell

The Writers Junction

Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (PST)

How to Break into the Business with Corey Mandell

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The Writers Junction is excited to announce a brand new class from Corey Mandell! Read on for more details about this amazing FREE talk.

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A Seminar with Corey Mandell


At a Glance:

- Learn what kind of scripts agents and managers are currently looking for

- The specific tools and skills required to write a script that can launch your career

- How to avoid the common mistakes writers make when trying to break into the business


Saturday, November 9th 

At The Writers Junction

FREE Admission
Limited Seats Available
open to members & non-members


What if most of what's being taught about screenwriting and TV writing is wrong?


What if the rules, paradigms and secrets widely touted in books, seminars, and classes not only don't improve your chances of making it, but could actually sabotage you? And what if there were specific skill sets nobody talks about that could dramatically boost your chance for success?


In the past two years, Corey Mandell has had 47 students and clients sell or option scripts with dozens more landing writing assignments. An extremely well-executed spec script is required to break into the business, yet too many writers waste valuable time writing a script with little to no chance at success. This seminar covers what agents and managers are looking for in today’s marketplace and shares the best ways to launch a career. It also provides the specific tools required to write screenplays at a professional level. 


What You'll Learn

- The strategies actual writers have successfully used to break into the business

- What is required to write a script that truly can grab and hold a reader’s attention

- Why most scripts are rejected

- What kind of scripts stand out and get you the right kind of attention

- How to know if your script is ready to be read by the industry

- How to get your script read by the right people

- What exactly are agents and managers looking for

- Avoiding the 5 mistakes that can sink your chances

About Corey Mandell:

Corey Mandell is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who has written projects for Ridley Scott, Wolfgang Petersen, Harrison Ford, John Travolta, Warner Brothers, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Family, Working Title, Paramount, Live Planet, Beacon Films, Touchstone, Trilogy, Radiant and Walt Disney Pictures.

Corey is also a distinguished instructor at UCLA, where he earned his MFA. His students have gone on to sell or option scripts to Warner Brothers, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Disney, Fox, Fox 2000, MGM, Universal, Showtime, USA Network, and Lifetime. Others have gained admission to the USC and UCLA MFA Screenwriting Programs, the AFI Conservatory Screenwriting Program, and Sundance Screenwriter's Lab. He is also a mentor for Film Independent's screenwriting lab.

From Corey's Students:
"No one, and I mean no one, is teaching what Corey is teaching. This is the best workshop I have ever attended. There is no way to describe how beneficial it is. I always felt close as a screenwriter, but after taking this workshop I was able to make the necessary changes in my writing and recently sold my first script to Paramount."
~Michael Helvin, writer of The Lesser Heart

“As someone with years of experience in the development world I found Corey’s class to be absolutely refreshing. He provides exercises which reinforce fundamental elements needed to create a strong screenplay. If you are committed to becoming a better screenwriter, this class can help you."

~Jennifer Soskin, Director of Development and Production at HBO Films


"I'd written 11 screenplays without any success. During that time I read every screenwriting book and attended all the seminars. After four weeks with Corey I FINALLY knew why my scripts didn't work, and more importantly, what to do about it. I used everything he taught me to write a script that landed me a manager and then my first script option. THANK YOU."
~Monica Owens, writer of Timebends
"Every client I sent to work with Corey has taken great leaps and bounds. His techniques are ingenious, unique and valuable for both beginners and seasoned professionals.  I can't recommend it enough."
~Jeff Graup, Literary Manager, Graup Entertainment

“I read the books and took the classes but Corey's workshop was different. Honestly, it was transformative for me. I use the tools I learned from him in every single script meeting. He reshaped the way I think about screenwriting. If you want to become a better screenwriter and you are not signed up for Cory's class -- seriously, get it together!”

~Nick Weiss, Co-Writer and Director of the upcoming Paramount movie, Destination Wedding


“After four years, an MFA, and finally my first break into writing for television, I can say that no one--not even the best graduate programs are teaching what Corey is, and that integrating his techniques into the day-to-day framework of my writing has been the most important variable in any success I’ve had as a screenwriter. The skills I’ve learned have become my secret weapon in the writer’s room and one of the best things that have ever happened to my career. Anyone that has the opportunity to take his courses-- consider yourself one of the lucky ones. I know I do."

~Tamara Carter, Staff Writer on The Fosters

"Corey's instruction is ground-breakingly brilliant. I received my MFA in Filmmaking where I took dozens of screenwriting courses.  My thesis film won the Gold Medal at the Student Academy Awards.  I have representation as a writer/director.  I have written five screenplays in the last two years.  I've read every book there is on the subject.  I don't say this to brag.  I say this to make a point.  Corey's class is the biggest wake up call of my life.  I have devoted tremendous time, effort, and money to the craft of screenwriting, yet Corey's class is the best investment of them all.   I've never witnessed such drastic improvement in my writing in just a few short weeks."
~Patrick Alexander, writer and director of Rundown

"Over the years, I've developed an impressive distaste for screenwriting courses.  Most offer little more than paint by numbers formulas and inapplicable industry advice.  But Corey's class is the exception to the rule.  It was a wake up call to me.  Corey's teaching method is so unique, so singular, and effective it made me wonder how I ever wrote without it.  It's hands down, the best class out there!"
~Gary Lundy, writer of A Happening of Monumental Proportions and  Stache
"Taking Corey's class was the single best thing I've done. I learned more from working with Corey than from all the other books and classes I've encountered put together. I can't sing his praises enough."
~Lauren Ludwig, ABC's The Gates
"Corey is by far the best writing teacher I've ever had and taught me techniques I had never heard of before or since.  After finishing his class I landed an agent and my first produced writing credit on the A&E show The Beast.  I sill consult the notes from Corey's class in my writing as they've been indispensable."
~Keith Schreier
"After taking Corey's seminar I had a whole new perspective on what makes a film great.  The techniques and tools he gave us applied to every client's screenplay, regardless of genre, and I'm amazed that no one has taught this approach previously. I highly recommend people take the time to hear what he has to say and absorb it."
~Richard Demato, Literary Manager and Partner, Fuse Entertainment
"I feel as if I've been liberated from Story Structure Hell.  I never could fit myself into those formulas and yet felt guilty and inadequate that I was unable to make it work according to their edicts. It always felt constricting and wrong.  Thank you for showing me a sane way out."
~Jennifer Hoffman

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When & Where

Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society
1001A Colorado Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (PST)

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