Television Writing and Sci Books with JP Cawood

JP Cawood joins Justin to discuss what she has learned from her time writing for television, advice for breaking into television writing, and what she has learned from TV that has helped in her fiction writing.

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JP Cawood has developed television series & pilots for Syfy Network, TLC, Lifetime Movie Network, Investigation Discovery, Destination America, History Channel, and Pivot/Participant. Now telling stories through books, JP writes science fiction/fantasy because the future is now and imagination is the key that unlocks all great mysteries. As a lifelong student of the mystical unknowns, JP has traveled the world in search of truth, beauty, and goodness. JP has lived in France, Britain, India, and many cities across America.

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Crafting Your Screenwriting Career with Lee Jessup

unnamedScreenwriting coach and author of GETTING IT WRITE, Lee Jessup, shares her advice with the guys about breaking into writing, some common mistakes first-time screenwriters make, how to approach finding an agent and manager, and what writers should expect when selling screenplays. She also breaks down the Blacklist and other ways to break in, and motivates the heck out of us. Enjoy!

Lee Jessup’s bio:

The author of the best selling book Getting It Write: An Insider’s Guide To A Screenwriting Career as well as the upcoming Breaking In: Tales From the Screenwriting Trenches Lee Jessup is a career coach for professional and emerging screenwriters. With an exclusive focus on the screenwriter’s professional development, Lee works with all level of writers including ones who have major spec, pilot and pitch sales under their belts, staffed television writers, television writing program fellows, Hit List, Blood List and Black List writers, as well as writers just beginning to chart their professional course.

Following a stint as a development executive, Lee spent 6+ years as director of During her time with ScriptShark, Lee spearheaded a national Business of Screenwriting seminar series launched in partnership with Final Draft and sponsored by The New York Times Company. An invited speaker at the WGA, for NBCUniversal, as well as at screenwriting conferences, events and festivals both in the US and Europe, Lee is a regular contributor to Script Magazines and the official coach for Final Draft’s Big Break contest winners.


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Buy her book, GETTING IT WRITE.



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30-Day Author by Kevin Tumlinson and Creative Writing Career 2 by Justin Sloan and Stephan Bugaj


Finding a screenwriting manager, pitchfests, and the long game of being a screenwriter, with Paul Zeidman

FullSizeRenderJustin and Paul Zeidman discuss the long game of the screenwriter business and what lessons Paul has learned so far. The two connected a few years back via Done Deal Pro, when Justin was just started to look at the Blacklist and was looking for people who’d found their managers on the Blacklist 2.0. Paul was one such person, and a friendship bloomed from their first coffee.

The two discuss when Inktip works (what budget? what kind of scripts?), email blasts to managers and producers, and what you can learn from pitches.

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Creative Writing Career 2 the Audiobook!

Slide1Thanks to the lovely folks over at #ACX and to narrator Thomas Block, the audiobook for Creative Writing Career 2 is now available on Amazon, iTunes, and Audible!

This was a long time in the making, and included some great interviews from friends and from people I never thought I’d have the chance to chat with, but we did it! Thanks again to my co-writer Stephan Bugaj for all the awesome work he put into this book and continues to put into the podcast, and to Allen Warner for his foreword.


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Featured Writer: Eve Edelson of the writers we interviewed in Creative Writing Career 2 (and a former critique group member of mine), Eve Edelson is involved in a pretty cool sounding film festival of sorts, so I thought I’d ask her some questions to share with you all. Enjoy, and check out the event if you’re able! We’d love to hear about your experience.

Q: It’s been a while since we interviewed you for Creative Writing Career 2 (now in Audiobook!). I understand you have a film showing at “Weird Film”? What are the details?

WeirdFilm is a twice-a-year screening of short films — horror, fantasy, sci-fi, suspense, and Just Plain Weird.

It takes place at a working winery, Urbano Cellars, in West Berkeley, on Fourth Street near Channing — and makes for a great evening. We do it in the spring, after the bottling, and in the fall or early winter, after the crush (of grapes, that is).

Round IV is this coming Thursday, May 5, from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.

Q: Tell us more about the films you’ll be screening.

They come from all over the world.

This time we have 13 films, from the UK, USA, France, Australia, and for the first time a film from Iraq, called “Dialing,” a beautiful, sad piece about a mother who wants desperately to communicate with her son, even if he might be a ghost. It works as straight drama or as a kind of ghost story, and is one of the best films we’ve had the privilege to show.

There will be a set of what you might call serious films, then a break for refreshment — it is a winery! — and then a set of more light-hearted films. We’ve got your evil household appliances, a fallen angel, an anxious robot, a post-apocalyptic wasteland, snake charmers, the Illuminati, and of course zombies.

Plus a new film of mine, not an official premiere, more of a test screening and a chance for the cast to get friends in to see it. It’s a sci-fi piece about an alien invader who, let’s just say, didn’t pack her parachute carefully enough!

Q: What kinds of films do you program, and do you have advice for filmmakers submitting to WeirdFilm?

On the horror spectrum, if Teletubbies is a zero and Saw is a 10, WeirdFilm is in the middle. We don’t shy away from blood, but you won’t see anything really grindcore. We also don’t avoid serious themes, but we always include some films on the comedy side. Life can be harsh, and people need some comedy.

As far as advice, apart from submitting interesting, well-acted films to festivals that want your kind of material, the generic advice is good advice:

– stick to the specified time limit

– take care to get good sound. Don’t just hang a microphone and hope for the best. You can skimp on a lot, but not sound, and of course not food!

– answer the film festival! If they have questions, say, about music copyright or anything causing them to question whether they can accept your film, get back to them! And if your film is accepted, don’t make them ask you repeatedly for a download or a DVD. They’ll give someone else your slot.

Q: That all sounds fun (and disturbing). What more can you tell us about an evening at Weird Film?

The screening is in a big room with great-smelling wine barrels, and the wine club members often show up, so there’s a nice, friendly crowd.

Admission is $15 and includes a glass of wine if you’re over 21.

If you don’t drink alcohol, you can bring your own beverage.

The pizza truck comes at 6:30 and there will be popcorn, woo hoo!

So you can come early & hold hunger at bay.

We’ll have filmmaker Q&A and a trivia contest with non-trivial prizes.

So get your post-apocalypse on and come over to Urbano for WeirdFilm IV!


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Five Minute Audiobook Sample – Creative Writing Career

Here’s the first five minutes of Creative Writing Career book 1 – a book for aspiring writers of movies, tv, books, and video games.

The Book:

Want to be a writer of video games? A screenwriter? A novelist? This book will guide you as you position yourself for a career as a writer.

Based on a lifetime of struggling to make it as a creative writer, “Creative Writing Career: Becoming a Writer of Movies, Video Games, and Books” is a guide for aspiring writers to help them position themselves in an extremely competitive field. The book includes information on the writing process and ways to improve one’s craft, but mostly focuses on how to get discovered and where to concentrate energy in the meantime. The content of the book is supplemented by writer interviews, featuring some incredibly gifted people who share the wisdom they have gained. With writing, as with most aspects of life, I have chosen to rely on those with demonstrated wisdom to move ahead. This book presents that wisdom for the reader to do the same.

Includes interviews with the following: • Stephan Bugaj (Pixar and beyond) • Jerri Bell (O-Dark-Thirty Managing Editor) • Anthony Burch (Borderlands 2) • Kelly Ann Jacobson (Cairo in White) • Joshua Rubin (Assassins Creed 2) • Tomiko Breland (Editor with Zharmae) • Allen Warner (Ninja Boy) • Joyce Lee (Paper Words) • Will Wight (the Traveler’s Gate trilogy)

And many more!

Select Reviews: “You are virtually sitting at a round table, drinking a pint of brewski, while picking the brains of a group of hungry writers, directors, authors, publishers, editors and even entities from the comic book and video game industry (or rather Justin is, we just get the benefit of it!) as their careers blossom right before our faces.” Melvin Smith

You can also get the eBook by signing up for my newsletter (starter edition) or on Amazon and other channels.

Audiobook on Audible (free with a trial,


Understanding the Business of Screenwriting, with Bill Boyle

images-2Screenwriter Bill Boyle is coming to San Francisco April 27 to offer a one day class on selling your screenplay, so I thought it would be fun to bring you all a short interview with him, as well as some information on the course.

Click here for the brochure: Marketing and Business FlyerSanFrancisco


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CWC Ep25: Teaching Screenwriting and Making Movies with Neil Landau

CWC Podcast Logo_v3Neil Landau is the screenwriter of such movies as Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead and Tad the Lost Explorer. He also teaches at the UCLA MFA program as well as in the UCLA professional program.

He shares some thoughts on the MFA program versus the professional program, advice on getting in, and more.

Out of 500 applicants, the UCLA MFA is taking 40 this year. So it’s a bit competitive. It’s a 2 year degree program, and is the terminal degree if you want to teach. The professional program is split between features and television (which the MFA program will be doing eventually).

From the cohosts, Stephan and Justin both did the UCLA professional program (and Stephan did the advanced program), so feel free to reach out if you have questions!

Neil has also written several books about writing, to include 101 Things I Learned in Film School and The Screenwriters Roadmap. In this episode, he further delves into the current television industry and how to break in.

Tune in or all this and more!

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30-Day Author by Kevin Tumlinson and Creative Writing Career 2 by Justin Sloan and Stephan Bugaj


The Creative Writing Career podcast is here!

CWC Podcast Logo_v3If you’re a follower of my site, it’s likely because you have an interest in writing or like to at least hear writers’ stories. It’s with you in mind that…

we just launched the CREATIVE WRITING CAREER podcast!

So far, we’ve interviewed or have scheduled such folks as Elias Madias (Shadow of Mordor), Tim Powers (On Stranger Tides), Matthew Ritter (Telltale Games, comics, and indie Games),  Jazon Denzel ( and publishing with Tor), Will Wight (The Traveler’s Gate trilogy), Lee Jessup (Getting it Write, Screenwriting coach), and Linda Poitevin (Sins of Angels), and more.

Find it on iTunes or through your android podcast search. You can also find it at Please remember to share and leave a review!

Hosts: Stephan Bugaj, Justin Sloan, and Kevin Tumlinson

Launch date: November 2, 2015


Creative Writing Career Podcast – Launching Soon!

CWC Podcast Logo_v3Hey all, just wanted to let you know that the Creative Writing Career podcast is preparing to launch, and it’s right around the corner! To be updated, join our mailing list, here. 

As you wait patiently, here’s a sneak peak at some of the folks we’ve interviewed:


avatar for Elias MadiasWriter Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Elias Madias is a writer who has worked with the company Sleep Deprivation Lab as a script doctor on a number of AAA console games, the most recent being award-winning Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.

Previously, he worked in features in the family genre for multiple studios including Disney Feature Animation, Universal, and 20th Century Fox.  He has signed so many NDAs he’s unsure if he can even reveal his middle name in this bio.

AND Elias is going to be a panelist at this year’s Austin Film Festival #AFF2015.



RSD14_099_0024aJason Denzel is the author of Mystic (coming in November 2015), a filmmaker, and the founder of, the leading online community for Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time saga.

Since 1998, Dragonmount has been the web’s top destination for franchise-related news, features, blogs, theories, games, and discussion. has been featured in news outlets including USA Today, CNN, ABC, Wired, the Los Angeles Times, and Maclean’s Magazine (Canada).

Jason sits on the Board of Directors for JordanCon, an annual convention held in Atlanta which celebrates the works and spirit of the late Robert Jordan. He is also on the Advisory Council for the Waygate foundation, a charitable organization which helps authors and other content creators raise funds for charitable purposes. He has independently consulted on theWheel of Time film franchise, and was closely involved with the development of the final three Wheel of Time books. In 2013, Jason was a Guest of Honor at PenguinCon, a popular convention celebrating genre fiction and technology.

In addition to writing, Jason is an award-winning independent filmmaker. His trailer for The Towers of Midnight (produced in association with Tor Books) won three prestigious Telly Awards, including honors for cinematography and visual FX. He has won additional awards for entries in the 48-hour film festival and the Star Wars fan-film competition, and is currently working on a Kickstarter-funded short calledSpectre, about an ancient sword with a mind of its own.

In his free time, Jason studies Choy-Li-Fut Kung-Fu as part of the Plum Blossom Federation. He lives in Northern California with his two young boys, and owns a lot of swords and collectible fantasy artwork.

(And More!)