If you’re looking for something to do in two weeks, you can’t overlook The Great American Pitchfest.
But I’m not talking about the Pitchfest itself. Personally, I’ve never done the pitching portion of the conference. I’ve been told that it is a good way to practice pitching to professionals, but you can also practice on your friends and save several hundred dollars. Some people swear by pitchfests, but I feel like there are probably more effective ways to invest in your screenwriting career.
That said, if you’re in the area (or anywhere within a hundred miles) you have to register and show up for the Free Classes. These classes are one-hundred percent free and a great way to improve your craft and learn more about the business of screenwriting. This year’s event will have free classes with the infamous Shane Black (who most recently penned the script for Iron Man 3) and such renowned teachers as Pilar Alessandra, Corey Mandell, and Jen Grisanti. There will be panels with production execs, successful screenwriters, and agents. And there will be countless opportunities to network with fellow writers.
You have nothing to lose by attending these classes. Check out some lessons I learned by attending the conference in years past to get a better sense of what you’ll be exposed to:
- Writing the R-Rated Comedy
- Writing for Television — Lessons Learned at GAPF
- Moving Your Story Along with Emmy-Winner Erik Bork