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On Thursday, November 8, writer Marni Freedman is teaching a one-night class from 6 - 9 p.m. called The Secrets of Pitching Your Novel or Screenplay. Freedman has worked as a script doctor for Fox Searchlight and Disney, and has had her play Playing Mona Lisa developed into a film by Disney. I contacted Freedman to ask her about her upcoming class.


RT: What can writers expect to get out of the class?

MF: Writers can expect to learn how to boil down their story into a concise, compelling pitch, prepare for the pitch, [and avoid] the major mistakes writers make when pitching. The art of the hook and the art of the performance. They will walk away with concrete tools to conduct a calm, confident and successful pitch!

RT: What advice do you have for new/beginning writers?

MF: Get into a writing group with a supportive, experienced leader. Experiment with different styles until you find your voice and don't give up!!

RT: Why have you chosen to teach this course?

MF: I've often said that we as writers want to write our material in our happy little caves. Then when our manuscript is all done we want to take a few steps out of the cave, place the manuscript on the ground and run back inside while we wait for the agent or producer to walk by and say,"Wow! Look at that! It's the manuscript I've been always been looking for!" The reason I love to teach writers how to pitch is to increase their comfort level, uncover their inner boldness and empower them to sell the writing they have worked so very hard on! It's wonderful to watch writers own their talent and find their confidence.

The cost of class is $45-54 and registration can be completed online. The course will take place at The Ink Spot (710 13th St, Studio 210).

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