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Career Progress Weekend, Friday-Saturday, Sept. 8th & 9th
$150 via zoom for alumni**–$299 via zoom for non-alums
Complimentary admission this week with September 21st Basic Training
JG’s Career Progress Perspective
with Successful Alumni Sharing Career & Creative Insight
Devon Shepard, House of Lies, Weeds, Everybody Hates Chris, MAD TV, The Wayans Bros.
Jason Ning, Lucifer, Silk: Spider Society
Kay Oyegun, This Is Us, Queen Sugar, ON THE COME UP
The Acting Guru, Gary Marks, Writer, THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED
Jon Boyer, Blacklist script FREE BYRD
Literary Manager, Amy Schiffman, Echo Lake Entertainment
PLEASE EMAIL YOUR INTEREST TO JG@WRITERSBOOTCAMP.COM
We’ll send a sign-up sheet after answering any questions via email.
**Limited space for in-person guests in LA & for travelers. OPM and Pro Members have priority for the in-person waiting list. The in-person alumni fee is $199 to cover food cost.
Please join us for our Career Progress Weekend on Friday and Saturday, September 8th & 9th. Priority in-person attendance is limited to 30 guests and reserved for Pro Members.
The fee for the two-day weekend is complimentary with your sign-up for the September Basic Training (returning alumni receive an additional 20% scholarship).
Career Progress will start Friday mid-afternoon with an introduction by JG, plus two interviews and a cocktail hour (for locals). Saturday will start by 9:15am and continue through 3:15pm, including a full slate of Career Progress materials and topical sessions, an alumni lunch panel, and additional speakers TBA.
JG’s 40-Page Career Progress Handbook will be given to all participating writers, who will also receive a virtual gift bag for attending/participating in the event (via zoom for most).
For zoom guests, due to our in-person and speaker logistics, there will be a schedule of short breaks between the topical sessions and interviews from the Friday agenda through Saturday afternoon.
Conducted by Writers Boot Camp Founder Jeffrey Gordon including Writers Boot Camp Alumni Guest Speakers
Celebrating 34 years of supporting writers, filmmakers, and industry professionals, our Career Progress Weekend will give you an accurate assessment of your writing progress, take inventory of your material, affirm your creative voice, and help you look proactively ahead toward the achievement of your goals with a clear action plan.
Once you’re officially signed up and confirmed, you will be notified as we add speakers to the three successful alumni above, as well as other highlights of the weekend. In-person guest space in our new clubhouse back at Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica is limited and priority will be granted to LA Professional Members.
If you’d like to make plans to travel to LA for the event, please let JG know and he’ll add you to the in-person waiting list. We hope to know availability as soon as Monday, August 14th. Writers who join the August 15th Basic Training by Friday, August 11th will receive Career Progress as a complimentary gift–and those who pay only for Career Progress may apply the fee as a credit toward Basic Training before the end of 2023.
Career Progress Agenda
The estimation of “progress” cannot quite exist without comparison between one point and another. A prerequisite for real progress is taking stock of the past and being productive in the present to change the future. In the spirit of launching even more careers based on 34 years supporting writers, Writers Boot Camp founder Jeffrey Gordon (JG) has created a set of practical tools to assess your creative goals, further define your writing voice and help you define your path to career progress. The Career Progress materials contextualize the educational approach, tools, exercises, and strategies of the Basic Training and Professional Membership.
Interviews by JG and Other In-Person Plans
A Friday cocktail hour, Saturday morning coffee cart, and Saturday lunch are included for in-person guests or anyone local who makes it on the in-person guest list and anyone flying in who makes it from the waiting list to participate. We’re excited to assemble a few successful alumni, as well as industry colleagues, who will be sharing their insight about how they got their start, the incremental stages of their career trajectory, and how their personal, creative and business decisions impacted their early success.
Speaker sessions will address the fallacies of representation, watershed issues about the future in light of the current writers’ and actors’ strike, and cover crossover between feature film and television. Writers attending in-person, as well as participating via zoom, will no doubt be past and present Professional Members, accomplished in their own right and enthusiastically contributing to the topics covered.
Out-of-Town Alumni & Guests
If you do travel from outside the LA area, we recommend arrival early Friday morning to avoid the risk of delay. Two local hotels recommended through the years are Hotel MdR in Marina del Rey, which has a pool, and The Ambrose Hotel in Santa Monica, which has for years hosted a nice continental breakfast.
Sign-up fees are non-refundable, though alumni can let us know and communicate if for some reason there’s a conflict with attendance–and we will keep fees as a credit on file toward future support through the end of 2024.
We are excited to host more events and alumni at our new space, though it’s not the scale of our prior headquarters–and so much direct support and participation can be fostered via zoom since the start of the pandemic.
Once the speaker schedule and overall agenda is confirmed for participating writers, you can send questions for the discussion in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We always appreciate hearing personal news and breakthroughs, and recent film and TV credits, as well as achievements in book publishing by alumni.