I wrote a short article on the opening of ScriptDC, a weekend conference devoted to screenwriting in Washington. Allison Abner, a writer/producer with The West Wing, will give a talk tomorrow night to aspiring television writers. Should be interesting – I had the chance to visit the set of this iconic TV show during its final season and even sit in on the writers’ room a few years ago.
Allison’s talk is just the start of ScriptDC, which features some great speakers, including Gordy Hoffman, Marilyn Horowitz, Laurie Scheer and, of course, Jon Gann from DC Shorts. The conference is an inexpensive way to learn about television and movie writing without having to go to LA.
I’ll be there most of the weekend, most notably at the Saturday night screenwriting competition, where I will be filling in for one of the writers. Five short screenplays will square off in a live reading, with the winner getting $2000 to turn their script into a film.