Monthly Archives: July 2016

John Garth guest speaker

Don’t forget:

Author John Garth will be the guest speaker on Monday, July 25, at Community Lutheran Church.

Shadow of the Past: How the ghosts of World War I came back to haunt The Lord of the Rings.

Exactly 100 years after Tolkien fought in the Battle of the Somme, it’s time to see how it shaped The Lord of the Rings trilogy. John, author of the award-wining Tolkien biography, Tolkien and the Great War, reveals how the return of long-suppressed memories of the battle, and of friends lost there, sparked an outpouring of creativity that ended a year of writer’s block and put the war at the heart of his masterpiece.

Garth is well-known for Tolkien and the Great War, and winner of the Mythopoeic Award for Scholarship 2004. He has written for newspapers and websites, ranging from The London Times to The Daily Beast. He is a Fellow in Humanistic Studies at Black Mountain Institute, UNLV, working on a book of Tolkien’s creative development within the context of his times. Learn more: John Garth


Patricia Smith to speak

Nationally-renowned poet and author PATRICIA SMITH reads in Las Vegas Saturday, August 27, 2016, at two different venues.

First, Ms. Smith will lead a writers’ workshop at 2:00 p.m. at the Clark County Library, 1401 Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas. That same evening, Ms. Smith will read from her work at 7:00 p.m. at the Nevada State College Auditorium, 1081 Paradise Hills, Henderson, 89002. Both are open and free to the public.

Patricia Smith is a four-time National Poetry Slam Champion, the most successful ever. She has been featured in the film Slamnation and on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. She also made the transition to become an academic award-winning poet. Her book awards include a National Poetry Series selection, an Academy of American Poets Lenore Marshall Prize, a Library of Congress Bobbitt National Prize, and selection as a National Book Award finalist. In addition, she won a Guggenheim Fellowship and other awards. Her non-fiction book Africans in America was published by Harcourt Brace as a companion book to the PBS television series.

For further information you may contact:

Bruce Isaacson, CC Poet Laureate 702-205-7100 or,

Angela Brommel, Director, Arts & Culture, NSC),

Patrick Gaffey at Clark County Parks and Rec,

Lee Mallory (CC Poet Laureate Representative) at


Don’t miss it

Don’t forget that Monday, July 18, 6:30 at Community Lutheran Church will feature guest speaker C. Hope Clark talking on the writing process, and how her two series came to be.

A crazed mystery fan, C. Hope Clark has written The Carolina Slade Mysteries and The Edisto Island Mysteries set in lowcountry South Carolina. She has also indie­published The Shy Writer Reborn, a frequent topic at writing conferences. But she is probably best known as founder of, a website for writers seeking income opportunities, chosen by Writer’s Digest for its 101 Best Websites for Writers for 16 years. Her Friday newsletters reach 35,000 writers who seek guidance for their careers penning words. / ­­C. Hope Clark The Carolina Slade Mysteries, Bell Bridge Books The Edisto Island Mysteries, Bell Bridge Books ­and­ Editor, FundsforWriters, Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers, 2001 – ­2016

Film Festival, Conference, and Panel Discussion

The Nevada Film Office announces a panel discussion about the latest trends in Film, TV, Web Series and Animation, and a chance to pitch your project!

MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 2016, 8:00 PM TO 9:30 PM
LOCATION: Green Valley Resort, Estancia Ballroom F & G
REGISTRATION FEE: Free to Registered UFVA 2016 Conference attendees & volunteers
Public: $30

8:00 PM TO 8:15 PM — Introduction
8:15 PM TO 8:45 PM — Panel discussion about the latest updates in Film, TV, Web Series, and Animation
8:45 PM TO 9:30 PM — Your opportunity to pitch. All participants can pitch their projects to team members for instant feedback. The group will be randomly broken into four separate mini groups, each one composed of panelists from all genres, to ensure everyone who wants to participate has an opportunity to do so.

KEN LEE, Vice President of Michael Wiese Productions, the number-one publisher of books for indie filmmakers in the world
KATHIE FONG YONEDA, Author of The Script-Selling Game, 2nd edition
CAROLE KIRSCHNER, Author of Hollywood Game Plan
JOHN BUCHER and JEREMY CASPER, Authors of Masters of the Cinematic Universe
STEVE KAPLAN, Author of The Hidden Tools of Comedy
WILL AKERS, Author of Your Screenplay Sucks!
RONA EDWARDS and MONIKA SKERBELIS, Authors of The Complete Film-maker’s Guide to Film Festivals
JENNIFER DORNBUSH, Author of Forensic Speak
SIMONE BARGTESAGHI, Author of The Director’s Six Senses
ELLEN BESEN, Author of Animation Unleashed
ADAM COPLAN, Author of Being Professional: A Master’s Guide to the Do’s and Don’ts of Screenwriting
DEB PATZ, Author of Film Production Management 101
ROSS BROWN, Author of Create Your Own TV Series for the Internet
TROY DEVOLLD, Author of Reality TV
JENNIFER VAN SIJLL, Author of Cinematic Storytelling


1. An evaluation of your short film script (20 pages max) and a detailed two-page analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the narrative. In addition, a detailed list of suggestions for improvements that will strengthen the story and its connection with your potential audience.
This service is valued at $500.
Provided by: JOHN BUCHER and JEREMY CASPER, Authors of Masters of the Cinematic Universe: The Secret Code to Writing in the New World of Media

2. A focused 45-minute coaching session for film and TV professionals will help you determine where you are in your career, where you want to go and the right game plan to get you there.
Value: $300
Provided by: CAROLE KIRSCHNER, Author of Hollywood Game Plan

3. A mini-critique reading of both the first 15 pages of your script and a two-page synopsis of your the script. Includes a 30-minute phone meeting to discuss the evaluation.
Value: $400
Provided by: KATHIE FONG YONEDA, Author of The Script-Selling Game, 2nd edition

4. A one-hour Skype consultation on a short script or the first act of a full-length script.
Value: $485
Provided by: STEVE KAPLAN, Author of The Hidden Tools of Comedy

5. A 45-minute critique via Skype on a script for a feature or short film.
Value: $300
Provided by: ELLEN BESEN, Author of Animation Unleashed

6. A free Maneuvering Film Festivals four-week online class from ESE Film Workshops Online, with mentoring by Rona Edwards and Monika Skerbelis throughout the duration of the class.
Value: $300
Provided by: RONA EDWARDS and MONIKA SKERBELIS, Authors of The Complete Filmmaker’s Guide to Film Festivals

7. A one-hour Skype consult on preparing your reality TV concept for market.
Value: $250
Provided by: TROY DEVOLLD, Author of Reality TV: An Insider’s Guide to TV’s Hottest Market. Let reality TV producer Troy DeVolld give you advice on how to ready your reality television concept for market with a one-hour Skype consult and a signed copy of his book on reality’s storytelling process. Troy has worked on dozens of shows like Dancing with the Stars and Basketball Wives. He will show you what it takes to make it in “unscripted” TV.

8. Three copies of Final Draft software.