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Meeting Topics & Guest Speakers

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

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, MovieBytes.com. 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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