Sisters in Crime Los Angeles is a chapter of the international organization Sisters in Crime. We are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by our passion for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries. We welcome mystery lovers from anywhere, who share an interest in the Los Angeles mystery community.
Next Chapter Meeting:
Sunday, October 7th, 2018
Screenwriting Dialogue Tips Novelists Can Steal
Guest Speaker: Valerie C. Woods
While writing her middle-grade girl detective novel, Valerie Woods found that her past experience in acting and writing for film & TV was useful in crafting dialogue. In this event, Valerie reviews the standard screenwriting rules of dialogue that work in novels, and those that don’t. Drawing on the classic text, Screenplay – The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field, whom CNN called the “the guru of all screenwriters” this session explores how dialogue can move your story forward, define character, how not to make it deadly exposition, how to use subtext, and also, when to draw the line on too much dialogue. After all, we’re writing novels here!
Valerie C. Woods is a writer/producer in television and film and is also a publisher, editor, and author. Valerie is currently Adjunct Faculty for the Stephens College Low Residency MFA Television & Screenwriting program and was appointed Creative Director for Syd Field – The Art of Visual Storytelling. Valerie wrote the screen adaptation of the novel Tempest Rising by Diane McKinney-Whetstone, with the production company of actor/director Phylicia Rashad. Valerie is also a Co-Executive Producer/writer for the in-development mini-series Tulsa, based on the1921Tulsa massacre of its Black Wall Street.
In 2013, Valerie founded of the independent press, BooksEndependent which has published five titles including Valerie’s novel Katrin’s Chronicles: The Canon of Jacqueléne Dyanne. She is also the author of Something for Everyone (50 Original Monologues), which is published by Samuel French, Inc. In 2016, Valerie produced a series of staged readings of scripts adapted from literary work via Staged/Lit.
During Valerie’s 20+ years as a member of WGAw, she has written on one-hour drama series for CBS, Lifetime, and Showtime. Credits include Co-Executive Producer/Writer on the drama series, Any Day Now on Lifetime Network. Her episode “Family is Family” was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award, and Consulting Producer/Writer for the drama series, Soul Food on Showtime Network.
* CHAPTER MEETINGS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC *
All meetings are at the South Pasadena Library Community Room, 1115 El Centro Street, South Pasadena CA 91030
2:00-2:30 p.m. Networking and Refreshments
2:30-4:00 p.m. Program
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