Author: angelabour

Writing Prompts + A Book Giveaway!

It’s Friday, which means a new set of writing prompts. But it’s also the Friday before our Early Deadline on May 5, so to celebrate, we’ve also got another giveaway! Thanks to our sponsors Michael Wiese Productions (mwp.com), we are giving a free copy of Your Screenplay Sucks by William M. Akers to one lucky…
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May 1, 2020 0

What Role Does Luck Really Play in Screenwriting Success?

by Angela Bourassa, co-founder of Write LA With the major screenplay competition deadlines coming up, some aspiring screenwriters may be wondering how much of the judging process is really about skill and how much is about luck. The same question can be asked of the people who break through, find representation, and have successful careers…
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April 30, 2020 0

Writing Prompts! The Astronaut Edition

You’ve still got some time until our Early Deadline on May 5 — and you have even MORE time if you sign up for our mailing list. When you sign up (at the bottom of this post), you’ll get sent a link that extends the Early Deadline until May 15. So keep working on those…
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April 24, 2020 0

Writing Prompts! The Camping Edition + Our First Giveaway!

A new season of Write LA means we’re back to our old ways of posting writing prompts every week day. Here’s our first set — you can find new ones throughout the week on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And speaking of Twitter, this morning we’re launching our first giveaway! One lucky winner is going to…
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April 17, 2020 0

I Won a Major Screenwriting Competition – This is How

by Angela Bourassa, Co-Founder I was fortunate in 2019 to have a very good contest year. A feature of mine won the Gold Prize in the sci-fi category of the PAGE International Screenplay Awards, another feature made the semifinals at the Austin Film Festival in two categories, and a pilot made the finals at AFF…
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April 16, 2020 0

The First Pages of Your Script REALLY Matter – How to Make Them Stronger

by Tim Schildberger, Head Judge In 2019, I read over 400 scripts. Which means I read over 400 opening pages. The vast majority fell somewhere in the categories of “underwhelming” or “downright dull.” Not because the writing was poor or the story made no sense. It was because the opening pages revealed the writer was…
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April 14, 2020 0

Write LA is Open NOW, Plus 4 More Surprises!

We’re just too dang excited about our new and improved prizes this season, so instead of waiting until April 15 as planned, Write LA is opening for entries right now! But that’s just the start of the good news… We’re Offering 10% Off Our Lowest Entry Fee for One Week In light of the financial…
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April 8, 2020 0

Write LA Partners with the Coolest Hotel in Hollywood: The Standard!

The Standard does things their own way, literally – their logo is upside down! We’re big fans of their eclectic, vibrant, thoroughly LA tastes, and we are ecstatic that our 2020 winner will get to spend two complimentary nights at this fabulous hotel in November. (Of course, this will depend on the will of The…
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April 6, 2020 0

Write LA Partners with the Best in the Biz: Final Draft!

It doesn’t take much to get started on your first screenplay – all you really need is a pencil and paper. But if you want the physical task of writing and formatting a screenplay to be about a billion times easier, your very first investment is likely to be screenwriting software. And no name is…
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April 3, 2020 0

Write LA Welcomes Back Our Favorite Book Sponsor, Michael Wiese Productions!

There’s no shortage of ways to learn about screenwriting. You can watch YouTube videos, attend webinars, read produced screenplays, read bad screenplays, take classes, get coverage on your own work. But for me (Angela) personally – and I think for many other writers – the foundation of my screenwriting education has been books. Classics like…
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April 1, 2020 0