Screenwriting / Playwriting Track


David CrespyDavid Crespy
Something Wonderful Wright Away: The Art of the Ten-Minute PlayCome with your lap-top, ready to write! Participants will learn to craft dramatic action for the stage or screen by “wrighting” behavior in this short play form. Included will be basic exercises on plot, character, and theatricality.BIO David Crespy founded MU’s Writing for Performance program and serves as its Co-Director. He is the founding Artistic Director of MU’s Missouri Playwrights Workshop, the Mizzou New Play Series, and Summer Rep’s Comedies-in-Concert Series. His areas of research and teaching include playwriting, acting, dramatic literature, and theatre history. He holds a BFA in Acting from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts (where he studied with William Esper), an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas, and a PhD in Theatre History, Theory, and Dramatic Literature from the City University of New York. For more on Dr. Crespy’s distinguished and prolific career, go to
Brian Maurer
On Editing – How to Kill Your Darlings
This session will focus on tools for writers to help identify the difference between strong and weak writing techniques, visual storytelling, visual characters and action, and elements of editing that will enhance your story. Writers will focus on parsing lengthy exposition and dialogue to identify “shortcuts” and will learn processes that will result in cleaner writing while maintaining character development and story progression.You will learn to make a 10 page script 8 pages without losing story or character elements, how to focus on visual storytelling inside a visual medium; and how to show it in an efficient and powerful way. Editing can be scary; killing your darlings can be terrifying; it can also be the best thing your script could experience.

BIO Brian Maurer has worked in the motion picture business for the last decade, and currently teaches 9 production courses for the University of Missouri’s Film Studies Program. He is an Emmy nominated filmmaker, with three feature films, and one full length documentary. He focuses his work primarily on short dramatic films, and is the owner / operator of Burnt Bridge Films. Prior to this, he was editor in chief of “6 Minute Magazine”, an online short fiction magazine. His short film work can be found at (longer narrative shorts) or at (micro shorts).

Jeannie Eddy
ScreenPlay Success
This seminar will talk about success strategies to get your project produced, how a first line can sell your story, how to find a market for your writing, the tools you’ll need to get your story seen and where to find someone who’s looking for what you have.  If you don’t know what a logline is or how to write a synopsis, we’ll cover that too.  So bring your idea and find out what it takes to sell your words!

Jeannie Eddy has been writing professionally since her first national article in Bride’s magazine. From there, she pursued journalism, working for local newspapers such as the Columbia Business Times. Then publication in six anthologies, two of which were honorably mentioned in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, a published historical novel, and she currently writes and edits scripts and novels. Within the last year, she has had her first movie produced and shot in Vancouver, and is going to attend The Great American Pitchfest in May to pitch more scripts.

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