Archive for October, 2009


Nobel Prize-winning author in L.A.

October 29, 2009

Recipient of numerous literary awards, including the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature—the first Nobel Prize to be awarded to a Turkish citizen–author Orhan Pamuk is one of his native country’s most prominent novelists. The Robert Yik-Fong Tam Orhan Pamuk Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, where he teaches comparative literature and writing, his work has sold over seven million books in more than fifty languages.

Orhan will join internationally acclaimed writer and Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at University of California, Riverside Reza Aslan in conversation Nov. 5, 8-10pm at The Aratani/Japan America Theatre, 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA CA 90012. Details:


The tragic tale of H.B. Halicki

October 25, 2009

For all the screenwriters out there, and just plain anybody who likes to hear a good story well told, here’s an outtake from We, The Screenwriter in which Ron Moore (Battlestar Galactica) discusses the making of his big break into the business.



Wtg. in the New Transmedia Marketplace

October 4, 2009

Doing quality phone-in radio interviews on a far too short hardline after far too much coffee a coupla days before a conference is not one of my strong suits. However, I’m told there’s some useful info in it for writers so here it is: “Writing in the New Transmedia Marketplace.”

My thanks to Randall Libero of Spirit of Film. Each week he provides a thoughtful discussion on the challenges of infusing cinematic entertainment with matters of purposeful being, always well worth listening to.



SCWC*LA(ish) 7 award winners

October 4, 2009

Only one week ago today we wrapped another great conference in, of all places, Irvine (our third great time there). I can’t remember the last time we had so many terrific new writers at a single SCWC. Not only talented, but creepily well-behaved to book. Here’s who won awards…

• OUTSTANDING FICTION: Lori Hartman Gervasi
from Rancho Cucamonga, CA for Untitled

from Dallas, TX for The Q Awakening

• OUTSTANDING FICTION: Alwyn Martin Pinnow
from York, PA for Untitled

• OUTSTANDING SCREENPLAY: Jeff Michaels & Jill Q. Weiss
from Huntington Beach, CA for A Father’s Love

• TOPIC: Paul Durant
from Long Beach, CA for Shoe: A Memoir

• TOPIC: Walter Golden
from Placentia, CA for Untitled

Pop on over to to read the winning topic award stories.