Posts Tagged ‘Michael Steven Gregory’


Reminder of sorts

August 30, 2011

SCWC LA 9You know … there is still time to register for the Ninth Annual Southern California Writers’ Conference Los Angeles gathering. And why should you? Well, check our news and announcements page, which can say it so much better than I can. Or have a peek at the LA 9 staff and schedule to see how we’re hoping it all plays out.

MSG in BlueC’mon … sign up. Don’t make MSG sad. I even borrowed his Facebook picture. Because he’s smiling. He smiles when he’s happy, and you’ll see his smiling face if you sign up and make your way to Newport Beach for the Ninth Annual Southern California Writers Conference, Los Angeles edition. Or, as we like to call it, LA 9.

Be there, or … er … uh … yeah. Be there.



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.



Bringing “Celestine Prophecy” to the big screen

May 18, 2009

From the SCWC archives, here’s MSG chatting with NY Times bestselling author James Redfield about adapting his breakthrough novel, The Celestine Prophecy, into a movie.


What the professional screenwriter knows

January 13, 2009

In preparation of the upcoming 9-week Screenwriting I course, I’d like everybody attending to get grounded in my approach, philosophy and expectations of you, the emerging screenwriter…

Compared to a novel, writing a screenplay is easy. The parameters in which one has to work are so clearly defined as to leave little room for deviation. Point-blank: action takes place at a location; dialogue facilitates the action. However, successful scriptwriting, a shrewd balance of words and plot and characters and action, is in itself no meager achievement. The ability to motivate a reader/agent/producer/prospective investor/director/actor to turn from one written page to the next, then deliver on expectations roused–that is what the business of writing screenplays is all about. Determining whether the script you’ve written accomplishes these goals hinges on the ability to present yourself as a professional screenwriter.

My definition of “professional” is a screenwriter who’s completed a script that 1) Does not lose its audience because of lackadaisical storytelling or esoteric overkill; 2) Does not lose its audience because of superfluous camera direction or pedantic action description; and 3) Does not lose its audience.
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For San Diego-based emerging screenwriters

November 12, 2008

Roughly once a year I conduct a 9-week real-world screenwriting course for the University of California San Diego Extension that typically sells out in advance. When I don’t announce the upcoming course I get nasty emails complaining about not informing everybody the course is coming up. Consider yourselves warned: Screenwriting I details

Dates stretch Saturday, Jan. 17 to Saturday, March 21, 2009. If you’re seriously considering writing a quality screenplay for either market or personal production, be there or be really, really 4:3 square.



Chaos you can count on

September 4, 2008
MSG for Prez

Call the Situation Room. Looks like the race for the White House just got a whole lot more interesting, as this news segment on the SCWC’s own executive director righteously points out.

Come November, vote Yes MSG!


Did you know …

December 5, 2007

… SCWC Executive Director Michael Steven Gregory can be found on the Internet Movie Database? Sure, his résumé isn’t as long as, say, Michael Bay’s, but the upshot is that our hero will never have to explain to his mother or yours his role in such disasters as Transformers, The Island, or The Lionel Richie Collection, for starters. Our Michael is much cooler than the other one.