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Screenwriting Essentials for 2018

Ever dream of writing your own movie or TV script?  Learn how to write and sell screenplays at the Monterey County Film Commission’s REEL Jobs: The New Era of Screenwriting with Madeline DiMaggio.  She’s a screenwriter, author and accomplished writing teacher from Los Angeles. The lecture will be at the Irvine Auditorium at MIIS (McCone Bldg. corner of Jefferson & Pierce Streets) and run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Coffee and light snacks beginning at 8:45 a.m.) Tickets are $30, and discounted student tickets are $10.  If you’d like to stay and meet up at the local Writers Networking luncheon, please pre-register ($15 per person). As an added bonus, Final Draft will be providing two lucky attendees with gift certificates for digital download of Final Draft screenwriting software (est. value $250 each). Be sure to register early for your chance to win!

Have a script you’d like to pitch, or get professional feedback on?  You can sign up in advance for a limited number of one-on-one coaching appointments (for an additional fee) with Madeline, following the luncheon.

This event is sponsored in part by the Arts Council for Monterey County and Final Draft with support from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors.  MCFC has been bringing “lights, camera, and economic action” throughout Monterey County for more than 30 years and has accounted for more than $106 million in positive economic impact.    Buy your tickets now!

MCFC presents “REEL Jobs: The New Era of Screenwriting” with Madeline DiMaggio

Want to learn more about screenwriting, what’s on the cutting edge, what opportunities there are in the new world of streaming, TV or film, and how to successfully market your creative work?  Accomplished screenwriter Madeline DiMaggio will be lecturing and giving insights on what’s hot and what’s not along with the basics of screenwriting on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at the Monterey County Film Commission’s “Reel Jobs: The New Era of Screenwriting” event.

It takes place at the Irvine Auditorium at Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) at 499 Pierce St. in Monterey starting at 9:30 a.m., preceded by coffee in the auditorium’s atrium at 8:45 a.m.  An optional Writer’s Networking Luncheon is planned for 12:30 p.m., followed by optional and pre-scheduled one-on-one coaching or pitching sessions with DiMaggio in the afternoon.  Basic lecture tickets are $30 and $10 for students. Other options and costs are identified on the ticket registration at www.screenwriting or Sponsors of the screenwriting event include the Arts Council for Monterey County, Final Draft, and the Monterey County Board of Supervisors.

DiMaggio, who used to live in the Monterey area, began her career writing TV dramas and sitcoms, which led to a contract at Paramount Studios in pilot development.  She has written and sold over 45 hours of produced TV and film including “Alibi” for ABC, and the feature “If the Shoe Fits” with co-writer Pamela Wallace. DiMaggio served as head of development at Honest Engine Films in Monterey for seven years, where she co-produced the feature film “Surviving Eden” and numerous award-winning feature film documentaries.   Later she teamed up with Monterey Peninsula resident and screenwriter Marla Young and wrote “Profile for Murder,” a thriller for Lifetime Television.  She has a comedy pilot under consideration at the BBC, and has just completed another project with Young called “Carnal Lies” which is set on the Monterey Peninsula.

For more information, contact the Monterey County Film Commission at 831-646-0910 or email

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