Category Archives: Writing

Cathy to the Rescue!

Cathy CartoonWith one final “Ack” beloved comic strip character Cathy (originally authored by cartoonist Cathy Guisewite) said goodbye to her readers on October 3, 2010, after 34 years of struggling through the ups and downs of food, love, family and work – the four basic guilt groups of the modern women.

Writer/Producer Susan Sassi, however, thinks Cathy is more relevant than ever and has created Cathy in Real Life, a live action parody of the Cathy comic strip which explores the changing definition of feminism in a comical way.

Cathy in Real Life

Susan wanted to develop a film project that had more parts for women as well as showcase different opinions of what should and shouldn’t be empowering to women — in a lighthearted way.

It is fun and important. And “the more people see women protagonists [in film], the more they can re-train themselves to relate to women.”  It’s that simple!

Cathy cartoon strip

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Yep! It’s an indie-go-go.  So as part of our Los Angeles Femme writers/directors/producers community, we’ve decided to support this truly super cool project and hope you will too.

They need to raise $2650 in 32 days to cover all the costs.  And there are some delicious retail therapy perks involves.

MAKE IT HAPPEN!  GO HERE NOW!

BAMBOOZLED: Fact. Fiction. Art? Exploring the Art of Deception at Barnsdall LA

On the heels of a sold out April Fool’s Day kickoff, Barnsdall Art Park continues its literary arts fundraising series with its latest installment, Summer Reading.

bamboozled-logoOn June 25th from 7:30-10 p.m., the Park’s iconic Gallery Theatre invites guests to participate in its second BAMBOOZLED: Fact. Fiction. Art? event, with an all new lineup for an engaging, interactive evening, exploring the art of deception.

Hosted by radio reporter Rico Gagliano and curated by writer Diana Wagman, BAMBOOZLED promises a night to remember with live readings by four notable LA-based authors, J. Ryan Stradal, Jillian Lauren, Gary Phillips and Naomi Hirahara.

The audience then gets to decide whether or not each writer’s intricate stories are, in fact, Fact or Fiction? Prizes will be awarded to the winners. During the performance, talented, multi-media artist Aaron Axelrod will be creating a live painting inspired by the stories told, which will be gifted at the end of the night in a grand prize drawing.

The event has been brought to the Park by the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation and made possible by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Guests can register at http://www.barnsdall.org/events/bamboozled/

 

 

The Summer Writing Project is back!

The Second Annual Summer Writing Project is looking for the Next Great American Author
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We are so excited about this!

The Summer Writing Project is an annual collaboration between Black Hill Press, JukePop, and 1888 that advocates writing and supports reading and provides aspiring authors with an opportunity to create novellas (a distinctive, often overlooked literary form that offers the focus of a short story and the scope of a novel)

Authors can submit these stories one chapter at a time for immediate quantitative and qualitative feedback from readers.

For submission guidelines and to view a complete schedule of events please visit 1888.center/swp.

Shaunn Grulkowski, one of three authors whose novella was selected and published from last years program noted, “The great part of the Summer Writing Project was being able to workshop a project in a supportive environment of artists and consumers like JukePop; into a product that was attractive to a forward-thinking publisher like Black Hill Press.”

JUKEPOP: Go ahead. Be a part of the next best seller.

JUKEPOP: Go ahead. Be a part of the next best seller.

Last year, 117,808 writers and readers connected to participate in the Summer Writing Project.  This year, the Summer Writing Project will continue to expand and partner with local bookstores, libraries, and universities to schedule a series of FREE educational lectures, panels, and workshops throughout the months of June, July, and August.

Program topics include Writing for Comics and Videogames, Spreading the Word: The Author’s New Role in Marketing, and Judging Books by Covers, and will feature discussions with Southern California publishers and authors.  Each event will be hosted at a different location including Barnes & Noble, Chapman University, and the Orange Public Library & History Center.

After the program ends on August 31, 2015, Black Hill Press will select three (3) novellas from submitted entries and publish them in a special Summer Writing Project collection with cover artwork by noted Japanese artist Mariya Suzuki.

About Black Hill Press
Black Hill Press is a publishing collective founded on collaboration. Its growing family of writers and artists is dedicated to the novella-a distinctive, often overlooked literary form that offers the focus of a short story and the scope of a novel. Black Hill Press believes a great story is never defined by its length.

About JukePop
JukePop, Inc. is an incubation platform that combines community driven feedback and data analytics to help authors turn their concepts into great books. JukePop, Inc. believes there’s at least one great book in every author, the difference is in how the story is told.

About 1888
1888 serves as a regional catalyst for the preservation, presentation, and promotion of cultural heritage and literary arts.

BAMBOOZLED: FACT. FICTION. ART? Get Ready for April Fools at Barnsdall Art Park

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On April 1st, April Fools day, from 8-10pm. iconic Barnsdall Art Park Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA is throwing a one-of-a-kind fundraiser to kick off the Park’s brand-new literary arts series.  All Angelenos are invited to participate in an interactive evening.

Hosted by radio reporter Rico Gagliano and curated by writer Diana Wagman, Bamboozled promises to be a night to remember with live readings by four notable LA based authors, Lisa Teasley, Deborah Vankin, Bill Lambrinides and Cherry Chevapravatdumrong.

The audience then gets to decide whether or not each writer’s intricate stories are, in fact, Fact or Fiction?  Signed copies of the authors’ books will be awarded to the evening’s winners.

During the performance, artist and muralist Annie Preece will be creating a live painting based on the stories told, which will be raffled off at the end of the night.

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Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. You can get tickets in advance right now!

The event has been brought to the Park by the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation and made possible by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Bamboozled is part of the Park’s distinctive year-round programming, which also includes its famed wine tastings to movie nights.

Hungry for a Great Story? EAT YOUR WORDS

Eat Your WordsEat your words is back on February 5th!  If you haven’t participated in this mashup of stories, chefs, bartenders and urban foodies, this week’s event will make you salivate with stories inspired by a food politics.  It’ll be the best meal and food memory you ever ate!
 A Live Storytelling Event hosted by Greg Walloch Eat Your Words will be an intimate intimate evening of storytelling in the tradition of: 
The Moth and
This American Life
Each show features a rotating cast of the city’s most
outstanding storytellers and comedians with special guest appearances.
“L.A. audiences don’t seem to actually eat very much food, so they might as well come to a show where they can hear all about it.” 

– Greg Walloch on Eat Your Words at The Standard, Hollywood

The Standard Hollywood
Cactus Lounge 8300 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
February 5th 2015 ongoing the first Thursday of each month.
8pm-10pm

ADMISSION: Free

TICKET INFO: The event is free. RSVP is strongly encouraged: hollywoodRSVP@standardhotel.com

This month’s storytellers include:

Steven Brydle
@midnight, FunnyorDie

Lex Vaughn
films, Maddy, Short Bus
Greg Cope White
On the Menu, memoir The Pink MarineChris Gorham and Anel Lopez Gorham
Covert Affairs, PopularAlec Mapa
Ugly Betty, The Tonight Show

Hosted by GREG WALLOCH – 

The Moth, The Howard Stern Show
Produced by Greg Walloch + Zachary Foster + Adam Gould + Dave Srock 

 Applications Open for Directors Lab West 2015

The Directors Lab West Steering Committee has opened  applications for its sixteenth annual Directors Lab West, taking place Saturday, May 23 through Saturday, May 30, 2015.

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Now entering its 16th year, the annual Lab brings together dedicated emerging and mid-career theatre directors and choreographers with master artists for an eight-day long intensive, enabling them to inspire each other to dream and create the future of American Theatre.

The deadline to submit the application is Friday, March 6, 2015 at      

5 pm PST.

There is no cost to participate, however attendance is by application only. Applicants should have experience as a professional director and/or choreographer; students are encouraged to apply for internships.

For more details on the application process, including the full eligibility criteria, and for more details on Directors Lab West, please visit: directorslabwest.com

Directors Lab West is produced by the Directors Lab West Steering Committee, in association with the The Pasadena Playhouse and with the generous support of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.

About Directors Lab West
Directors Lab West fosters an intensive laboratory environment where a community of directors and choreographers inspire each other to dream and create the future of American Theatre. The Lab, which was spun off of Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors Lab in 2000, brings together theatre directors and choreographers to participate in a week long series of workshops, panels, roundtables, and symposia with some of the nation’s leading theatre artists. In the last 14 years, over 100 acclaimed artists have given their time to the Lab including Jason Alexander, Julie Arenal, Luis Alfaro, Paris Barclay, Cirque Berzerk, Kay Cole, Gordon Davidson, George Furth, Moises Kaufman, Ming Cho Lee, Marc Masterson, Randy Newman, Vincent Paterson, Carey Perloff, Stephen Wadsworth and Charlayne Woodard.

California Public Libraries and JukePop Team Up for the Summer Writing Project

BHP-Postcards-01-MSCThis popped into the email box this morning and definitely needed a share. Sounding somewhat like annual NanoWriting events, the Summer Writing Project is a must for all aspiring/and or already publishing authors to get words on paper and a voice out in the ether!

Black Hill Press and JukePop are collaborating with California Public Libraries to advocate writing and support reading with their Summer Writing Project.

This joint venture presents authors with the opportunity to craft their novellas a chapter at a time with immediate quantitative and qualitative feedback from their readers, while also broadcasting their words to an audience eager for the next great storyteller. The Summer Writing Project begins on June 1, 2014 and continues through August 31, 2014.

Learn how to participate (click the link)
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In the meantime, check out this cool video called:

Hey Kid

Black Hill Press author Arianna Basco reads from her Contemporary American Novella entitled Palms Up. This mini-documentary was directed by Brendan Mitchell with cinematography by Jordan Raabe.