This page highlights some past classes that might be repeated in the future. Please click the link at right to determine if future classes have been scheduled yet that are of interest.
If no classes appear, then please e-mail James Jordan at
CandidCoverage@aol.com. When enough writers express an interest, then a new class will be scheduled as soon as possible.
Gatekeepers Checklist Revealed at Screenwriting Expo
Screenwriters attending the Screenwriting Expo on October 9, 2010 learned some essential knowledge about how Hollywood really operates during the class entitled: "Gatekeeper’s Checklist: What Screenwriters Need to Know," taught by James Jordan.
Gatekeepers include agents, managers, producers, executives and readers. Most adhere to the same industry standards of what constitutes professionally-written and commercially-viable screenplays. Scripts failing to meet accepted criteria receive a “pass” and writers rarely find out why. This class taught what it takes for your script to get a “recommend.”
James is working on an e-book of the course, which will be available for purchase online.
Great Results for Writers Attending First InkTip Summit Panel
Sherwood Oaks College and InkTip sponsored an extaordinary Logline Feedback Panel at the first "InkTip Summit" on September 25, 2010. The panel reunited moderator Gary Shusett and script consultant James Jordan with producers Susan Johnston and Suzanne Lyons. But for the first time, writer-producer Michael Lent was added to the panel. Michael was extremely insightful and remarkable humorous.
At the end of 3-1/2 hours, the panel had analyzed over 55 loglines submitted by the 85 screenwriters in attendance. All of the panelists shared valuable information and were able to significantly improve the majority of pitches presented. After several writers incorporated the panel's suggestions into redesigned pitches, their screenplays were then requested by attending production companies.
Great Turnout for Jordan Class at CBS Studio Center
Over 70 screenwriters and filmmakers attended James Jordan's seminar at CBS Studio Center (in Studio City, CA) on January 17, 2009. The seminar entitled "Avoiding the 'Page 10' Rejection" was sponsored by the Scriptwriters Network.
The event was featured in the May/June 2009 edition of the Scriptwriters Network's online newsletter. This article has been reprinted with permission as a special posting on this website as well as my blog dated Sunday, March 14, 2010. (Thanks to Susan Bridges, the Scriptwriters Network's wonderful former newsletter editor.) The article was authored by Sylvia Cary, a talented writer and a wonderful human being, too.)