Toronto Screenwriting Conference 2015


Its that time of year again! The Toronto Screenwriting Conference is here again, and Sue and I are lucky enough to be invited back for our third year. Each year we’ve met and seen some amazing people, not to mention taking lots of notes to use for our own writing and storytelling.

This year there is another roster of amazing guests sharing their stories, experiences and knowledge. First and foremost amongst them is the master class with writer/director/producer David S. Goyer. He has a long history with DC properties, including the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the highly enjoyable DaVinci’s Demons.

There’s a workshop with Carole Kirschner, Director of The Writer’s Guild of America Showrunner Training Program, she plans on discussing how projects get greenlit, and how to perfect your pitch.

Corey Mandell, screenwriter and playwright will be hosting a session on creating a successful tv series engine, using shows like Game of Thrones, True Detective and Veep as examples.

The critically acclaimed series 19-2 is examined from the perspective of the writer’s room with showrunner, Bruce Smith and the Director of Drama at Bell Media’s Independent Production Unit. This one should be very interesting, I love a good writer’s room!!

Television can be a great arena for social discussion, and that is the center of a session with Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil as they use their series, Being Mary Jane, The Game, to talk about real stories, character arcs, and debating and portraying issues on the screen.

Sunday morning starts with Eugene Levy and Dan Levy, talking about writing and creating the new hit Schitt’s Creek. I expect this one will be highly entertaining as well as informative. The anecdotes and knowledge in this session should be a lot of fun!


Jeff Molvin talks about moving from being writer to showrunner, drawing from his experiences on Northern Exposure, Picket Fences, and Army Wives to illustrate his tale. This one sounds very interesting!

Writer-Director Ted Braun, Dafur Now, talks about penning dramatic scenes, moving through types, how to deal with problems, and tools to use to help the writer out.

Eric Homan is the topic and guest for Interview with the Executive as he talks about storytelling, pitches, development, and what he looks for in the world of animation. As VP of Development at Frederator studios, Fairly Odd Parents, Power Puff Girls, and Adventure Time, I think he may know what he’s talking about…

Notes on Feature X tends to be an interesting workshop, as they bring in writers, directors, actors (all yet to be named) to give notes on a script. And then we find out who wrote it…

Then finally we finish off with the creators of the web series, High Maintenance, Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair. They’ll share stories, experiences and discuss on-demand web series, which may be the way of the future for television!

It looks like a pretty fascinating weekend, you can still get tickets, and maybe we’ll see you there!



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