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Meeting Topics & Guest Speakers

CSN May 2016: Lee Zahavi Jessup, author of “Getting it Write: An Insider’s Guide to a Screenwriting Career”

Lee Zahavi JessupOn Sunday, May 15th our guest speaker will be Lee Zahavi Jessup, author of the book Getting it Write: An Insider’s Guide to a Screenwriting Career and the forthcoming follow-up, Breaking In: Tales From the Screenwriting Trenches.  Please note the earlier-than-usual start time of this meeting: to accommodate Lee’s schedule, the doors will open at 5:00pm CDT and the meeting portion of the evening will commence promptly at 6:00pm CDT.

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April 2016 – Town Hall meeting with CSN community

On Sunday, April 10th the CSN Speaker Series skips a month (resuming with the May 2016 meeting) so that we can hold a special event. Admission is FREE to the April 2016 monthly meeting of Chicago Screenwriters Network, as we throw open the doors to conduct a “town hall” meeting open to all members of the CSN community.

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February 2016 – Frederick Mensch (writer, HBO’s “Nightingale”; founder,

Frederick MenschOn Sunday, February 21st our guest speaker will be Frederick Mensch, screenwriter of HBO’s “Nightingale” (starring David Oyelowo) and founder of the excellent screenwriters online resource, Frederick returns to CSN after having last spoken to the group in February 2005. NOTE: due to the Irish Bistro having a prior engagement on Sun. Feb. 14, this meeting will take place on 3rd Sun. of Feb., not the 2nd (i.e. 2/14/2016) as is CSN’s custom.

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FREE ADMISSION! Premise, Prep, and Process w/Mary Ruth Clarke – Sun. Jan. 10th

Mary Ruth ClarkeOn Sunday, January 10th, our guest speaker will be Mary Ruth Clarke, co-writer and co-star of the original Meet The Parents (she also co-adapted the Ben Stiller / Robert DeNiro remake, which the Writers Guild of America named last year as one of the 101 Funniest Screenplays). Mary Ruth returns to CSN on the heels of having served as mentor and workshop presenter for the finalists in the Screenwriting Competition that CSN co-sponsored with IFP/Chicago last month. Her January 2016 presentation will cover material not addressed last spring, specifically on the topics of Premise, Prep, and Process, as well as Theme.

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November 8th: E-Publishing Your Screenplay for Profit & Audience Building

E-Publishing has become the number one way to monetize the Internet. For the last three years, indie authors have earned 2x what their traditionally published counterparts make, and every year sees more and more indies making $10,000+ to $100,000+ a month. Hollywood is also looking at indie books as source material for movies and series (such as Whispering Pines, Wool, and The Martian).

Christiana MillerAt the November 8, 2015, edition of the CSN Speaker Series, best-selling author — and co-founder of CSN! — Christiana Miller will tell you why you should be turning your scripts into books and e-publishing them, how to go about the process of e-publishing, and how to market your way onto Amazon’s best-seller lists.

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