Entertainment Recommendations and Writing Prompt: Truth Telling Objects

By Antonia Crane and Marilyn Friedman

I love going to movies. It’s a fun way to study storytelling craft while also relaxing and taking a mental vacation. Hands down, the best place to watch a movie is the Arclight Hollywood (you can pre-reserve your seat, the ushers announce the movie like you are going to the theater, and they will even shush anyone who is texting and interrupting your movie watching experience). Speaking of movies, is it your dream to get paid to write for the movies? Now is your chance. Sign up for Writing Pad’s Fall Break Screenwriting track next weekend with super successful screenwriters Robbie Fox and Chris Hauty! They’ll teach you how to break into the business and help you get your screenplay or pilot finished.

I’m a sucker for a true story, especially when I’m stuck in horrendous traffic. Want to laugh, cry and make tortured faces on the 110 freeway? The best place to get a juicy true story is This American Life on NPR. Speaking of truth, pain and joy, if you have an essay or memoir burning a hole in your heart, you should sign up for bestselling author Monica Holloway’s True Tales Memoir workshop or successful journalist Taffy Brodesser Akner’s Personal Essay Bootcamp next weekend. Sign up now because both of these classes are hotly desired and fill up quick.   

Sometimes being an adult is too stressful and you need to take a break from responsibilities, bills, and your day job. Where do you go to be a kid for a few hours? Six Flags of course! If you have a story inside of you about a 16 year-old who can hear certain animals thoughts, award-winning author Ron Koertge can help you shepherd that story to greatness in Writing Pad Body Shop next Sun.! He’s published 19 YA novels and won a slew of awards including a P.E.N. prize! Do it.

Here’s what we have on the schedule for the next couple of weeks. There’s a lot to choose from! Click on the links to sign up before these classes are full.

Book Publishing
Fiction and Memoir
Journalism, Personal Essay and Web Writing
Writing for Actors

Writing Prompt: Weird Rules
Do you have something about you that is a qurky persoPick three objects in your home that tell the truth about who you really are right now. Pick one. Add a specific detail to it (e.g. a little girl with giant eyes in a navy blue sailor dress). Add a sensory detail (sound, taste, touch or smell) that you associate with that object (e.g. the slick surface of acrylic paint). Now write for 10 minutes and post the results in the comments of this blog to be entered into the contest for a free class!

Marilyn is going to write about the painting of her as an anime character. The 10 feet tall eyes reveal how she often has big eyes and takes on way too much (which often produces hilarious results).

We can’t wait to see what you come up with (feel free to email marilyn@writingpad.com if you want to remain anonymous but still enter the comment contest).

Write about an objects in your home that tells the truth about who you are! Post your 10 minute free write in the comments of this blog, and you could win a free class!