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Master Class: A Tale in Two Minutes: How to Pitch Your Book or Screen Idea

Date:
Thursday, August 1
Time:
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Please join us for this Master Class with Nancy Froeschle and David Poulshock.

A pitch is part strategy, part writing, and part performance—but above all, it’s storytelling. So your pitch simply boils down to telling a good tale, right? If only were only that easy. Whether you’re proposing a book, a feature film, TV show or other creative project, you need a tight and gripping pitch at the ready. So how the heck can you describe your work of art in two minutes? What do you reveal—or not? How do you avoid getting mired in detail or lost along the way? How do you get your audience excited enough to buy your story? This intensive, interactive workshop helps you develop a written and verbal pitch for your project, and provides a safe, fun, and welcoming environment to practice it and receive expert feedback.

Sunday Intensives are small, focused workshops, limited to 15 writers, and presented by industry professionals. This Intensive is three hours long, and includes lunch. You must register to attend Sunday Intensives at an additional cost.

Please register here.


David Poulshock is an award-winning Northwest screenwriter and filmmaker whose work includes TV commercials and corporate films; the best-selling “Wee Sing” kidvids for Universal Home Video; the groundbreaking public television series, “Mathematics Illuminated;” the feature documentary “Raw Materials;” and many other projects. His original screenplays have won accolades from the world’s top screenplay competitions. Prior to his film career, David was keyboardist with the legendary Northwest cult band, Upepo, an Oregon Music Hall of Fame honoree. He has served as adjunct faculty of the Art Institute of Portland, Chairman of the Willamette Writers Conference and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Northwest Academy, and currently serves on the board of Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (OVLA). Reach David at www.davidpoulshock.com.

 

Nancy Froeschle is a screenwriter and 2008 Nicholl Fellowships Winner for her cowritten WWI script, The Greater Glory. She has had a thriller optioned, a dramatic short filmed, and was hired to adapt both a WWII true story and a Vietnam War book to film with Martin Sheen attached to the latter project. In addition to other features, she’s written the pilot and Bible for a supernatural TV series titled Lake Crescent and co-wrote the pilot for Riders, a drama series. She is now working on an LGBTQ musical, plus a book and TV series based on short stories written by a WWII veteran. Nancy currently co-teaches the Conference Success Basics class at the Willamette Writers Conference and has served as the Conference Film Chair for many years.