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April 2017 Third Thursday

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603 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

4/20/2017 From 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Third Thursday

Our Third Thursday program offers free and open to the public monthly discussions on the craft and business of writing. Each month, we focus on a specific topic of interest to writers and readers, bringing together four distinguished panelists for a conversation moderated by the Writers' League of Texas' Program Director.

** Unless otherwise noted, all meetings take place on the third Thursday of the month (except December) on the third floor of BookPeople.


April Third Thursday

Writing for Film and Television


Novels and memoirs are often described as cinematic, but the truth is that writing for film and television is quite different than writing prose.

This panel discussion will focus on how screenplays and scripts are written: How they begin, what makes them work, how to know when they're finished, and how they become stories you watch on the screen, big or small.

The event will feature four distinguished panelists:


Jill Chamberlain is the Founding Director of THE SCREENPLAY WORKSHOP. Chamberlain’s Nutshell Technique for screenplay story structure has been praised throughout Hollywood and is the basis for Jill’s book from the University of Texas Press, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting. It’s on the syllabus for courses at University of Houston, University of Notre Dame, and the world renowned screenwriting program at Columbia University. Chamberlain is an award-winning screenwriter and screenwriter-for-hire whose work has been seen in theaters across the U.S. and on three continents. She is on the adjunct faculty of Maryland Institute College of Art’s graduate filmmaking program and University of Houston’s Jack Valenti School of Communications.


Matt Dy attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Science in Radio/TV/Film with a focus on screenwriting. He has written several short and feature screenplays and wrote and produced a stage play.  This is his tenth year working for AFF.  As Screenplay Competition Director, he facilitates the evaluation of over 9000 scripts and provides exposure for the year’s top writers through special programming at AFF’s annual Conference. He also oversees AFF’s Playwriting Competition, the scripted portion of the Digital Series Competition, and the Coverage Program which provides extensive, constructive feedback to writers year-round.


Joe Gross writes about movies, books, music and popular culture for the Austin American-Statesman. He's worked for the American-Statesman since 2002 and has contributed to Rolling Stone, Spin and other publications. He lives in Austin with his family.




Maya Perez is a screenwriter and fiction writer. She is a producer on the Emmy Award-winning television series On Story, which just wrapped up its sixth season on PBS, and co-editor of the books On Story: Screenwriters and Their Craft (University of Texas Press, October 2013) and On Story II: Screenwriters and Filmmakers on Their Iconic Films (University of Texas Press, October 2016). Perez is a former Michener Fellow, Sundance Screenwriters Intensive Fellow, and New York Stage & Film Emerging Filmmaker. Perez holds a BA from Vassar College and an MFA from The University of Texas at Austin. Her stories have appeared in The Masters Review and Electric Literature.




This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at 

WLT would like to thank BookPeople for helping to make the Third Thursday program possible. In addition to providing space for the program, BookPeople kindly offers a 10% discount to WLT members. WLT and BookPeople applaud your support of independent bookstores and local businesses.