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Saturday, October 15 • 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Learning the Tropes: Genre

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Working within a specific genre can be a great tool for writers, but it can also make finding a balance between originality and formula more challenging. How do you know when to stick to tradition and when to deviate? This panel of screenwriters on the comedy/tragedy spectrum will discuss why writing within limitations can have its upsides, when to trust your creative instincts, and how to avoid falling into tropes while maintaining the familiarity of conventions.

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Charles Ealy

Charles Ealy is the former books and movies editor for the Austin American-Statesman and the Dallas Morning News. 

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Shane Black

writer/director Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang; writer Lethal Weapon, Last Action Hero
SHANE BLACK has been responsible for creating a number of box office blockbusters, including the first two installments of the Lethal Weapon series and 1991’s The Last Boy Scout. In 1990, Shane sold his espionage script The Long Kiss Goodnight for a record sum of money. His directorial... Read More →
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John Hamburg

writer/director Along Came Polly, I Love You, Man, Why Him? (2016); co-writer Zoolander, Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers
John Hamburg was born and raised in New York City. He began making short films while still in high school, and later at Brown University, then New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.After writing and directing the cult comedy “Safe Men,” which debuted at the Sundance... Read More →
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Phil Hay

writer/producer The Invitation; writer Crazy/Beautiful, Ride Along, Ride Along 2, Clash of the Titans
With three #1 hits and a pair of critically acclaimed dramas to their names, PHILHAY & MATT MANFREDI have established themselves as one of screenwriting’s most versatile duos, moving fluidly among comedy, intimate drama and large-scale action, sci-fi and fantasy projects that feature... Read More →
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Scott Rosenberg

writer High Fidelity, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Con Air, Beautiful Girls
Scott Rosenberg has written the screenplays “THINGS TO IN DENVER WHEN YOU’RE DEAD”, “BEAUTIFUL GIRLS”, “CON AIR”, “DISTURBING BEHAVIOR”, “GONE IN 60 SECONDS”, and “HIGHWAY”. He co-wrote “HIGH FIDELITY” and “KANGAROO JACK”. As well as created and... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 12:30pm - 1:45pm CDT
Central Presbyterian Church, Sanctuary