Novelist, Screenwriter, Producer, Actor, and Director
Why Not Turn Your Work into TV or Film?
Saturday, June 20, 2015 11:00 AM-1:15 PM
Have you ever thought, “My book would make a great movie, but I have no idea where to start?” Join Scott D. Roberts, novelist, screenwriter, producer, actor and director, as he teaches the elements of taking a story from page to screen.
Join us as Roberts tells us:
- How to sell your book for acquisition
- Methodologies to adapt a book for screen
- Unique ways to write captivating and winning “log lines” that attract agents and producers
- Where and how to find an agent by overcoming the Catch-22
- Understanding the buying process and knowing the difference between an option or a purchase
- Insider tips and tricks to getting to know the “right” contacts and people
A 25-year veteran of the film and television business, Roberts has worked in almost every role, from assistant to talent agent, actor, writer, producer and director. He has written over 50 screenplays and TV shows and has had projects optioned and/or developed by New Line, Warner Brothers, Paramount, MGM, EUE/Screen Gems and Columbia. With experience appearing on national TV and radio including MSNBC and Fox News, he is co-writing an episode of “Survivor’s Remorse” for the Starz network.
Roberts is the author of the award-winning novel, Vengeance Is Now, placing as finalist in the Indie Excellence Awards and twice-named “Best in New Fiction” for 2013. He is writer, producer, and co-director of the international award-winning documentary, Gas Hole, narrated by Peter Gallagher. Gas Hole 2 is soon to be filmed. Roberts is also co-writing the book, The Making of Gas Hole: From Death Threats to a Call From The White House, due out in 2016. Roberts looks forward to sharing the second story in his Tate Holloway series, Hidden Agenda.
As president of 3L Publishing (3LPublishing.com; contact, info at 3LPublishing dot com), Roberts coaches authors on their books and screenplays. He is also a professional ghostwriter and executive editor.
2015 Short, Short Story Writing Contest Awards
Winners of the California Writers Club, Sacramento Branch 2015 Short, Short Story Writing Contest will be announced and awards will be presented.
Catching up with Scott D. Roberts
Q. Should writers think that their work warrants either TV or film production?
A. My answer would always be — why not? A well told story is what TV/film executives crave. Stories unfold in writers’ minds whether it’s in a book format or a screenplay. The trick is understanding the difference in format.
Q. How has the screen made you a better writer?
A. The major difference between the mediums is the exposition. I enjoy fast paced action and pushing the story forward. Writing for the screen has helped me streamline my writing by showing with words what I want you to see without rambling about the grain in the wood that’s on the wall of the office where my characters are standing.
Q. What’s the one question writers always ask?
A. How can I get my book made into a TV/movie?
- Monthly Luncheons are open to the public
- Cost is $17 for members, $20 for nonmembers
- The meeting fee includes lunch and beverage
- Cattlemens Restaurant, 12409 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova, CA
The restaurant is located just east of Hazel Ave. at the northeast end of the Nimbus Winery complex along Highway 50. Cattlemens offers CWC a spacious meeting room with free WiFi, quality AV equipment, free off street parking and excellent food.