The 2008 Screenwriting Expo is about to take off and before you jump out the door script in hand, you might want  a little help on figuring out how the hell to do it. So before you start pitching to the choir (har har) try taking one of these seminars to help you learn what a proper pitch takes. You only get one first impression, learn how to make it something that sells.

The Expo’s Golden Pitch Festival begins on Friday in Los Angeles and there are a binch of pitching seminars into the first two days of the event to choose from.

The Seminars:

James Dalessandro’s pitch for his novel/screenplay 1906 resulted in a major Hollywood bidding war. The film is currently slated to be Pixar’s first live-action film and will be directed by none other than The Incredibles and Ratatoutille mastermind Brad Bird. So when James teaches a class on loglines, treatments, and pitches, you’d be wise to attend.

In two consecutive seminars, Ken Rotcop gives you the tips to master the “perfect pitch.” The first class – the seminar – runs down the basics while the second – the workshop – allows you to put those basics into action as Rotcop individually critiques and perfects your own personal pitch and gets you ready for the execs.

The “Pitch King” Bob Kosberg brings his acclaimed teachings to the Expo. You will learn how to find, develop, package, and protect your ideas with an emphasis on how to stay involved with those ideas after you’ve pitched them. Kosberg’s greatest gift to attendees is that they are encouraged to share and develop their ideas with him personally and to continue contact with him. This is a must-attend for writers, producers, or anyone with a great idea for the next high-concept Hollywood blockbuster.

Expo favorites Michael Hauge and Pilar Alessandra teach you to sell your script in only one minute with two different seminars: Sell Your Story in 60 Seconds and Pitch in a Minute. These hands-on classes will help writers identify the points of their story they need to communicate and teaches them how to do it quickly and elegantly.

There are plenty of other classes to choose from as well, taught by Expo luminaries like Karl Igelsias, Victoria Wisdom, David Zuckerman, and more. Get your story ready for The Golden Pitch Festival and give yourself a shot at leaving the Expo with a deal or meetings.

Buy tickets of register for the 2008 Screenwriting Expo or any of the above seminars here!

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