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Meeting Topics & Guest Speakers

October 2017: Tell a Horror Story (and maybe hear it on SCRM Radio!)

Attention all horror writers! We have a unique opportunity for a writer and/or actor to present their short horror story to an internet radio station that has over 15,000 audience members. Following up on CSN’s meeting on September 10th, 2017 — at which writers and / or actors who love horror discussed the genre and “fleshed out” their creepy concepts — the best stories arising from that meeting (or subsequent to it) will be presented at CSN’s October 8th monthly meeting.

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CSN September 2017: Development of a Horror Story – Open Forum (pt. 1 of 2)

Attention all horror writers, young and old alike! We have a unique opportunity for a writer and/or actor to present their short horror story to an Internet radio station that has over 15,000 audience members.

Come out on Sunday, September 10th, 2017 to network with fellow writers and/or actors who love the horror genre. We will discuss this opportunity further and help “flesh out” any creepy concept ideas you may have. The more haunted the tale, the better. Audience participation is highly desired, as these are your horrific stories to tell. The best stories will be presented during the October 2017 CSN meeting to Ms. Tra Cee, owner of SCRM Radio, a 24/7 streaming internet radio station that is dedicated to all things horror.

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CSN July 2017: writer/producer André Bormanis (NatGeo’s MARS; Star Trek)

André BormanisOn Sunday, July 9th, Chicago Screenwriters Network is proud to welcome our special guest André Bormanis, who parlayed his role as a science consultant on Star Trek: The Next Generation in the early 1990s into a writing and production career. He acted as science consultant for the Star Trek TV and film franchise in 1993, and was soon writing episodes of Star Trek: Voyager. He became a full-time writer and eventually co-producer on Star Trek: Enterprise. He then served as a writer-producer on the CBS TV series Threshold and Eleventh Hour, the syndicated series Legend of the Seeker, and Disney XD’s Tron: Uprising. He worked as a scientific consultant on the FOX / National Geographic production of Cosmos, and as a writer and co-executive producer of the National Geographic miniseries Mars.

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May 21, 2017: Jeff Schimmel, “How Do I Get My Script Into The Right People’s Hands?”

Jeff Schimmel

On Sunday, May 21st, 2017, Chicago Screenwriters Network is pleased to welcome back L.A.-based writer/producer Jeff Schimmel in advance of his scheduled two-day, all new MAXIMUM SCREENWRITING seminar on June 3-4. Jeff’s topic for the May CSN meeting is, “How Do I Get My Script Into The Right People’s Hands?”

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CSN welcomes co-founder Ken Mader (“Displacement”) on Sun. 4/9

Rujanee Mahakanjana

On Sunday, April 9th, 2017, Chicago Screenwriters Network is pleased to welcome one of the group’s co-founders, Kenneth Mader — an accomplished writer, director, and producer — who will discuss his recently-released film, DISPLACEMENT (which hits screens in Chicago in mid-May). Ken will discuss his journey from Chicago to L.A. and how he took DISPLACEMENT from concept to script to screen. Learn the evolution of becoming a successful filmmaker and what is needed in order to get your body of work off the page and into the theaters. “The response to the film at festivals around the country has been great,” says Mader, “and I’m thrilled to be able to bring it to theatrical audiences in L.A., Dallas, and especially my hometown of Chicago!” (Details re: upcoming screenings of the film in Chicago will be provided at the meeting).

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