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Meeting Topics & Guest Speakers

Sun. Oct. 9th – monthly mtg. w/filmmaker Rujanee Mahakanjana

Rujanee MahakanjanaThe CSN Speaker Series continues on Sunday, October 9th when our guest speaker will be filmmaker Rujanee Mahakanjana — a director, managing partner at Nebula Creatives, as well as the founder of the Shortcut 100 International Film Festival. Rujanee was born to a Thai family in Bangkok but has been living and working in Chicago for over 20 years. After completing her M.F.A. in Studio Art from Northern Illinois University, she has worked on a wide range of projects, from short videos to long-form film productions while teaching at colleges downtown. Her work contains thought-provoking existential statements, metaphors, and symbolism, as well as quirky humor. Her background in architecture has given her a firm foundation of an inside-out, physical and psychological meaning of “space” in her visual work.

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Sun. July 10 – Screenwriting Career Q&A w/Jeff Gordon, Writers Boot Camp

Jeffrey Gordon / Writers Boot Camp

Chicago Screenwriters Network welcomes back West Rogers Park native Jeffrey Gordon (founder and president of Writers Book Camp) on Sun., July 10th. Jeff will conduct an expansive Q&A on screenwriting career options. Jeff will address the numerous fallacies that even the most productive writers and aspiring artists tend to abide. Together, we’ll bust a whole bunch of misguided notions about the screenwriting business. Instead of an event traditionally ending with Q&A, we’ll start the session with your questions to offer insight into a wide range of creative and career challenges.

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CSN June 2016 – “An Unexpected Journey” with screenwriter Camille Licate

Camille Licate

Camille Licate

On Sunday, June 12th, Chicago Screenwriters Network welcomes Camille Licate, screenwriter of the recently-released animated children’s film Izzie’s Way Home and author of the non-fiction book Small Shoes: Outgrowing Old Relationships & Finding the Right Fit. Camille’s presentation will focus on the many different ways screenwriter’s can get themselves out there, using her story as an example. She will also address how to stay organized, motivated, and inspired.

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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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