YSF Glee Big Show!!!


So… I thought I’d share “official” photos from the YSF Glee Big Show this weekend. As mentioned in my earlier post, my kid’s script was picked out of over 800 to be performed by the cast of Glee, along with three other lucky students.


All the stories were amazing and SO original. These are some seriously talented youngsters!


Brooklyn’s script — “Amazing Adventures in Golf World” — got the royal treatment. The actors were incredible.


My new semester mentoring just started up! I have a great new kid, and I’m training to be a Head Mentor this year.


Can’t wait to see what incredible stories we create this time!

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My Kid from YSF Picked for Glee Big Show!


So I just had to share some fabulous news!

As many of you know, I mentor for the Young Storytellers Foundation. We go into low income schools and teach kids the fundamentals of storytelling and then work with them writer 5 page screenplays. Then real actors come into the school and perform them in a Big Show (here’s a post on my last one).


Anyway… my kid’s script got picked for the Glee Big Show! It’s an annual fundraiser, where the actors from the TV show Glee come in and perform the scripts. They only pick 4 stories out of over 800. I’m so thrilled for Brooklyn. Can’t wait for the show!


And for those of you in LA, there’s still time to sign up to be a mentor for this semester. It’s a great program. For more information, check out the YSF website!

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My Essay Published by Hollywood Journal!


So I have exciting news to share…

My personal essay just went live on Hollywood Journal! It’s called “My Glamourous Hollywood Career… and Why I Gave It Up.”

The essay explores my time working in the trenches of Hollywood and my transition to becoming a writer. It also involves a goldendoodle puppy. Oh, and there’s a story about Marilyn Manson and Dita Von Teese!

How can you resist?

Here’s a snippet from my essay on Hollywood Journal:

I drove up the pitch-black canyon roads en route to Marilyn Manson’s Hollywood Hills mansion, my headlights wending their way around the near 180 curves in the road. My newly purchased cell phone rang every few seconds from the passenger seat with my boss’ number flashing on the caller ID.

The panic started to set in — I didn’t dare answer it. I was new to L.A. and hopelessly lost in a time before cars with GPS and Google Maps. My boss, a movie producer with a famous temper, was going to murder me. Worse yet, he might even fire me. I’d only been on the job a few weeks. Failure wasn’t an option, not with my bank account balance hovering around zero.

My age: Twenty-one and naïve as hell.

My salary: Five hundred measly bucks a week before taxes.

My mission: To retrieve new music for our horror movie’s teaser trailer.

Click here to read the rest of my essay!

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Young Storytellers Strikes Again!


I had a great Big Show last night!

I mentor with a great organization called the Young Storytellers Foundation! This semester, I worked with a brilliant 5th grader named Brooklyn. Over the course of 8 weeks, we wrote a 5 page screenplay. Then last night the magic happened… real Hollywood actors came in to perform the kids’ scripts.

My good friend Challen Cates (of a famed Nickelodeon show) acted in the show. The show was a success. Next week is our wrap party.

If you’re interested in getting involved, check out their website.

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Positano Bites Deep: Sirenland Writers Conference 2014 Recap

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“Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.”

John Steinbeck recorded his impression of Positano, Italy—a town perched on a vertical cliffside on the Amalfi Coast overlooking the sea. Could you imagine a more breathtaking location for a writers conference?

Just two weeks ago, I was one of thirty lucky attendees accepted to the 2014 Sirenland Writers Conference, held annually at Le Sirenuse hotel in Positano. Sirenland is truly a unique and unforgettable experience—the locale, the accommodations (5 star hotel perched on the cliffside with ocean views), the food (the hotel boasts a Michelin starred restaurant), but most importantly, the people. Working with Meg Wolitzer, who led my fiction workshop, was a dream come true. She’s so kind and brilliant and hugely talented. I’m still in awe that she read chapters of my novel and gave me feedback.

Jen & Gina

The instructors for the other two workshops were also fantastic—Andre Dubus, so warm and friendly, and Dani Shaprio, who founded the workshop along with Michael Maren, a filmmaker and also her husband, and Hannah Tinti, an award-winning writer and editor. In addition to the workshop portion, there were talks on publishing, readings, and writing exercises.

I read in front of actual people for the first time ever.

I was shaking in my boots (literally), but everyone was so supportive and complimentary. It was the perfect place to take a risk and try something new. I can see why writers return to this conference for a second time, or in one case this year, for their fourth time. Though the week flew by, and by the end I wished I could stay, if only for a few more days, I know I made lasting friendships and left with renewed confidence and inspiration to pursue this crazy thing called writing.

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