16th Annual Florida Writers Conference

“What A Character”
October 19 – 22 in Altamonte Springs, Florida

Matt TabbMichael Tabb

Screenwriter

Michael Tabb (WGA) recently finished his second screenplay for Universal Studios and has been asked to develop takes on more. He is currently collaborating on a new one-hour television pilot, and has also developed projects for multiple producers and production companies.

Michael has lectured on screenwriting at conferences and in classrooms at FSU, UCLA and USC invited by friends, instructors and associates. He is a multiple award-winning professor in the MFA Creative Writing program and teaches Master’s-level courses in character creation and development, screenwriting and advanced script editing at Full Sail University.

Workshops

Screenwriters Boot Camp

Screenwriter and award-winning MFA professor Michael Tabb will illustrate how to generate a story fit for the movies starting from a blank slate. Inspired by his upcoming book PreWrites: Going from Zero to Story, this Boot Camp demonstrates a method of story foundation building that will help fulfill the necessary elements for concept creation that a writer needs before sitting down to write the actual script. These methods can be used to brainstorm a story idea for any creative writing medium, but there are tools in this technique that specifically help give birth to characters and moments necessary for visual storytelling. For more information about the book, see Michael’s website.

Pitching Hollywood

The vast majority of screenwriters never achieve the minimum mount of success required to join the Writers Guild of America, West, and the majority of those who do get into the Hollywood writer’s union only qualify for a single year of membership status. Though people would love to believe it’s pure talent that allows Michael to be a decade-long, current and active member of the WGAW, we all know that’s not how Hollywood works. If the entertainment industry is all about whom you know and Michael has no family in show business, it becomes clear that Michael knows how to get important people’s interest. When you read Michael bio and the many endorsements from script buyers on his website, it becomes extremely clear that Michael Tabb understands the system, how it works, and what it takes to get producers to open their wallets. Having been pitching Hollywood for over a decade, Michael is thrilled to share with you how he does it.

Panel

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

All fiction writers are liars, spinning out incredible tales of adventure, romance and mystery. Good writers are able to make the unbelievable believable by covering readers with webs of plausibility forcing them to suspend their disbelief and enjoy the story. This panel, moderated by Kristin Durfee, explores ways writers can make the incredible credible no matter what genre you’re writing.

Interview Topics

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