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Friday, October 14 • 9:00am - 10:15am
To Speak or Not to Speak: Dialogue

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How is something we do on a daily basis so difficult to master in our writing? Join panelists who are particularly skilled in the art of dialogue as they guide us through how it can shape the rhythm of a screenplay, when to “show” and not “tell”, how meticulous character development can inform great writing, and exercises to practice when conquering your own craft.

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Karol Ann Hoeffner

Karol Ann Hoeffner is the Graduate Director of Screenwriter for Loyola Marymount University where she oversees two program tracks: Writing for the Screen and Writing and Producing for Television. Before coming to LMU in 2008, she worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood where she wrote... Read More →

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Melanie Marnich

writer Big Love; writer/producer The Big C, The Affair, the upcoming Netflix show The OA; playwright
Melanie Marnich is an award-winning television writer-producer and playwright. She’s written for Big Love on HBO; The Big C and The Affair on Showtime; and for AMC’s Low Winter Sun. Her episode, “Come, Ye Saints” for Big Love earned her a Writers’ Guild award nomination... Read More →
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Mark L. Smith

writer The Revenant, Vacancy
Mark L Smith has a slate of studio projects, including Conquest, (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Collider, (Edgar Wright/JJ Abrams), for Paramount Studios, Ruthless, (Leonardo DiCaprio), Chain Of Events, (Morten Tyldum), Queen Of The Tearling, (Emma Watson), Tramps, (Tom Hardy), and Ghost... Read More →
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Beau Willimon

creator House of Cards (US, TV Series)
Playwright and screenwriter Beau Willimon earned an Academy Award nomination for his work on The Ides of March, adapted from his play Farragut North, and made his first foray into television as the creator and showrunner of the Emmy and Golden Globe winning House of Cards. Through... Read More →


Friday October 14, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Bethell Hall

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