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Summer 2017

June 6, 2017

Happy summer writers!  

A lot is happening.  First of all upcoming events:

Pitching Class Sat. July 29, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

All genres of writing.  Fee:  $50.  Register at willamettewriters.com.

My play “Santos” will have a reading at Artists Repertory Theatre during the Proscenium Live festival sponsored by Portland Shakespeare Project.  It will be Sat. Aug. 5, 7:30 pm.  All seats free and open seating.  Alder Stage.   Come if you possibly can!

I will be teaching two classes at the W.W. conference, first weekend in August at Portland Airport Sheraton Hotel.

My new book is out now.  The Heart of the Film:  How to Write Love Stories in Screenplays.  Available from Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.  If you like it please give it a few good words or stars online.  This always helps.

 

My fall screenwriting class will begin on Sept. 23 to Oct. 28  and run for 6 Saturdays at my home in north Wilsonville, 9 am to 3 pm.

Class fee $495, includes a reading of your screenplay with detailed notes from me.  To register, go to PayPal, account

cwhitcomb1@aol.com or willamettewriters.com.  Or you can send me a check.  email me at cynwhitcomb@gmail.com for more info.

 

NEXT SPRING’S CRUISE:

NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR

WRITING THE WAVES 2018

Hosted by Playwright/Screenwriter Cynthia Whitcomb

APRIL 13, 2018 on the Celebrity Reflection, Group #8728286

14 NIGHTS TRANSATLANTIC WRITING/ADVENTURE CRUISE

Day 1 Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Fri 4/13)

Day 2 Writing at Sea (Sat 4/14)

Day 3 Writing at Sea (Sun 4/15)

Day 4 Writing at Sea (Mon 4/16)

Day 5 Writing at Sea (Tue 4/17)

Day 6 Writing at Sea (Wed 4/18)

Day 7 Writing at Sea (Thur 4/19)

Day 8 Writing at Sea (Fri 4/20)

Day 9 Tenerife, Canary Isl (Sat 4/21)

Day 10 Writing at Sea (Sun 4/22)

Day 11 Malaga, Spain (Mon 4/23)

Day 12 Cartagena, Spain (Tue 4/24)

Day 13 Barcelona, Spain (Wed 4/25)

Day 14 Ajaccio, Corsica (Thur 4/26)

Day 15 Rome, Italy (Fri 4/27)

 

All “At Sea” days will feature writing workshops from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Writing on your own in the afternoons. Dinner together at 6 pm, then evening writing salons 8 – 10 pm where we read aloud, critique our work and solve writing problems. With nine At Sea days, it’s possible to write more than 50 pages on this voyage.

Prices: (per person, double occup. Air not included)

Interior $2,199.81 ($1,699.81 non-writing  roommate)

Balcony $2,439.81. ($1,939.81 NWR)

$50 Deposit by as soon as possible

$400 due Nov. 3, 2017.

Final payment, 1/3/18.

(Includes port taxes and fees)

 

The workshops will cover everything you need to know to successfully create, complete and market your projects. Subjects include:

How to choose an idea. Research.

Story structure. Character Development.

Scene cards and Storyboards. Love Stories. Genres. Film, Theatre and Book Formats.

Style. Voice. Scene and Summary.

Revising and Polishing. Using Right Brain/Left Brain. Laura Whitcomb’s Novel Shortcuts

How to Write a Non-Fiction Book Proposal

Agents, Editors, Producers & Managers.

Pitching. Editing. Breaking in.

 

Cynthia Whitcomb has sold over 70 screenplays, 30 of which have been produced on prime time national television. She’s been nominated for the Emmy, WGA, Humanitas and Edgar Allan Poe Awards. Her books and classes on screenwriting are widely popular. She has written roles for such stars as Jason Robards, Ellen Burstyn, Kevin Spacey, Martin Sheen, Gabriel Byrne, Gena Rowlands and Anjelica Huston.

 

Writers who have taken 3 cruises with Cynthia

previously, will not be charged for the class.

(They will pay the non-writing roommate rate.)

 

To register email Walt Schaffrick at

wschaffrick@wth.com

(800)210-9444 option #2

 

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This Winter

November 28, 2016

Hello friends and writers,

If it seems a bit chilly where you are, moving into the darkest month, curl up with a good book.  Or treat yourself to an afternoon of cozy writing with a cupa.  If you feel the need to get away from the U.S.A. for a brief respite, click on the cruise tab and come away with us to Bermuda and France and Ireland and England next spring, writing all the way.

If you’re in the Portland, Oregon area, join my winter writing class.  (Click on classes)  I promise you will be re-inspired about your work.  And if you’ve taken my class before, you are eligible to take my Master Class.  Ten Monday nights beginning Jan. 30.  You can sign up by emailing me at cynwhitcomb@gmail.com.

Best books I’ve read this year:

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Fosse by Sam Wasson

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Happy holidays!

News for 2016 and 2017

May 17, 2016

Hello Writers!

The Writing the Waves cruise was fantastic this year with 22 of us writing our fingers off and seeing a lot of Spain and Italy and a lovely slice of France for good measure.

Here is what’s coming up from me this summer and fall:

My all day pitching class in Portland, Sat. Aug. 6, 9:30 to 3:30 pm. $50. Tabor Space, Muir Room. Email me if you’re interested.

My fall basic screenwriting class will be at my home in North Wilsonville, 6 Saturdays, 9 am to 3 pm. $495 includes a read and notes on your screenplay. Sept. 17 – Oct 22.

Master Class, ten Monday nights, 7 to 10 pm. We read an entire script by one student each night. $495. Class limited to 10. Must have taken my basic class to be eligible for this one.  It begins Sept. 12 and skips Halloween.

email me if you are interested in any of these.  cynwhitcomb@gmail.com
Love you all, and hope to see some of you.
Cynthia

Here is the flyer for next year’s cruise.  Prices are good if you register before June 29.  After that it may be a bit more.  Includes port fees and taxes.  Not airfare.

 

NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR

WRITING THE WAVES 2017

Hosted by Playwright/Screenwriter Cynthia Whitcomb

APRIL 6, 2017 ON THE Caribbean Princess,  Group #7698843

14 NIGHTS TRANSATLANTIC LEARNING/ADVENTURE CRUISE

 

Day 1 Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Thur 4/6)

Day 2 Writing at Sea (Fri 4/7)

Day 3 Writing at Sea (Sat 4/8)

Day 4 Bermuda (Sun 4/9)

Day 5 Writing at Sea (Mon 4/10)

Day 6 Writing at Sea (Tue 4/11)

Day 7 Writing at Sea (Wed 4/12)

Day 8 Writing at Sea (Thur 4/13)

Day 9 Writing at Sea (Fri 4/14)

Day 10 Writing at Sea (Sat 4/15)

Day 11 Writing at Sea (Sun 4/16)

Day 12 Cobh (Cork), Ireland (Mon 4/17)

Day 13 Falmouth, England (Tue 4/18)

Day 14 Le Havre/Paris (Wed 4/19)

Day 15 Southampton, England (Thur 4/20)

 

All “At Sea” days will feature writing workshops from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Writing on your own in the afternoons. Dinner together at 6 pm, then evening writing salons 8 – 10 pm where we read aloud, critique our work and solve writing problems. With nine At Sea days, it’s possible to write more than 50 pages written on this voyage.

Prices: (per person, double occup. Air not    included)

Interior $1,894 ($1,394 non-writing               roommate)

Ocean View: $2,234. (NWR $1,734)

Balcony $2,454. ($1,954 NWR)

Registering after June 29, prices may vary slightly. $400 Deposit by 6/29/16. Final payment, 1/15/17. (Includes port taxes and fees)

 

The workshops will cover everything you need to know to successfully create, complete and market your projects. Subjects include:

How to choose an idea. Research.

Story structure. Character Development.

Scene cards and Storyboards. Love Stories. Genres. Film, Theatre and Book Formats.

Style. Voice. Scene and Summary.

Revising and Polishing. Using Right Brain/Left Brain. Laura Whitcomb’s Novel Shortcuts

How to Write a Non-Fiction Book Proposal

Agents, Editors, Producers & Managers.

Pitching. Editing. Breaking in.

 

Cynthia Whitcomb has sold over 70 screenplays, 29 of which have been produced on prime time national television. She’s been nominated for the Emmy, Cable Ace, WGA, Humanitas and Edgar Allan Poe Awards. Her books and classes on screenwriting are widely popular. She has written roles for such stars as Jason Robards, Ellen Burstyn, Kevin Spacey, Martin Sheen, Gabriel Byrne and Anjelica Huston.

 

Writers who have taken 3 cruises with Cynthia

previously, will not be charged for the class.

(They will pay the non-writing roommate rate.)

 

To register email Walt Schaffrick at

wschaffrick@wth.com

(800)210-9444 option #2

New Years News

January 11, 2016

My new play “The Dark Rider” will have a reading at Artists Repertory Theatre during the Fertile Ground Festival.  Tuesday night Jan. 26 at 7:30 pm.  Admission is free.  It is directed by Tobias Anderson and stars Dave Bodin and Todd Van Voris.  Come if you can. I am also directing a reading of a new play by Ron Lee called “Under the Yew Tree” which will be at Lakewood Theatre in Lake Oswego on Sunday Jan. 24 at 2 pm.  Admission for that one is $10.  I hope to see you at one or both.

I wanted to make sure everyone knows that my next writing class is coming up in February.  If you’re interested or know someone who might be, here’s the info:

Cynthia Whitcomb’s Screenwriting Class

Spring 2016

Six Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Feb. 20, 27,  Mar. 12, 19, 26, &  April 2

Cost $495

Location: Cynthia’s Home in North Wilsonville

To enroll call Willamette Writers

(503) 305-6729

Or online at willamettewriters.com

From Idea to Completed Script

Includes structure, scene cards, storyboards, set ups, payoffs, subplots, character development, research, format, dialogue, hiding exposition, buttoning scenes, how to write great openings, great endings, big moments. How to make ‘em laugh and cry. Selling, Marketing. Agents, producers, deals, WGA, breaking in. Everything you need.

Writers welcome at every level of experience from novice to pro.

Come prepared to work hard and break through!

Make it happen!

 

 

Upcoming Writing Classes

May 14, 2015

Hello Writers,  I just got back from our annual “Writing the Waves” cruise which was fabulous this year.  It’s time to start thinking about what’s next.  Here are my upcoming writing workshops and classes.  Please join me for some of them, or pass the word to anyone who might be interested.

One Day Pitching Class

Sat. Aug. 1, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Everything you need to know to polish your pitch before the Willamette Writers Conference the following weekend.

Also the same content is useful for query letters. Class is for all genres, books and screenplays.

Cost of class:  $50.  To sign up go to willamettewriters.com or call Bill at the WW office (503)305-6729

Fall Screenwriting Class

Six Saturdays, 9 am to 3 pm at my home in north Wilsonville near I-5 and the 205.

Cost $495.  To register contact Bill Johnson at Willamette Writers (above)

Includes everything you need to know to write and sell screenplays successfully.

Students from this class have gone on to sell scripts and have success in films and TV.

Most of the class material is applicable to plays, stories, novels and memoirs as well.

Dates:  Sept. 19, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, and Nov. 7.

The Master Class

Open to those who have previously taken Sat classes or Writing Cruise.

This class is limited to 10 students, and each Monday evening we meet from 7 to 10 pm and read an entire screenplay by one of them.  Cost is $495.  To register for this class email me directly at cynwhitcomb@gmail.com.  (It is not through Willamette Writers.)  It also meets at my home.

Next year’s cruise itinerary is set.  Contact me for a flyer.

We’ll be going to Spain, France and Italy.

Pitching Class July 26

July 17, 2014

I will be teaching my popular pitching class on Saturday July 26

from 9 am to 3 pm through Willamette Writers.  Class fee is $50.

This class is for screenwriters and book writers, both fiction and nonfiction.

I will cover everything and everyone will have the chance to pitch a project.

To register go to willamettewriters.com

or call at (503)305-6729

or email Bill at wilwrite@willamettewriters.com

Or just show up with a check

TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR 97215

We have a great time.  I hope you can join us.

Writing the Waves 2014

August 25, 2013

NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR

WRITING THE WAVES 2014

Hosted by Playwright/Screenwriter Cynthia Whitcomb

APRIL 20, 2014 ON THE Celebrity Silhouette

15 NIGHTS TRANSATLANTIC LEARNING/ADVENTURE CRUISE

 

 

Day 1  Fort Lauderdale, Florida  (Sun 4/20)

Day 2  Writing at Sea (Mon 4/21)

Day 3  Writing at Sea  (Tue 4/22)

Day 4  Writing at Sea (Wed 4/23)

Day 5  Writing at Sea (Thur 4/24)

Day 6  Writing at Sea  (Fri  4/25)

Day 7  Writing at Sea  (Sat 4/26)

Day 8  Writing at Sea (Sun 4/27)

Day 9  Funchal Madeira (Mon 4/28)

Day 10 Writing at Sea (Tue 4/29)

Day 11 Gibraltar (UK) (Wed 4/30)

Day 12  Writing at Sea (Thur 5/1)

Day 13 Sardinia, Italy (Fri 5/2)

Day 14  Sicily, Italy (Sat 5/3)

Day 15  Naples, Italy (Sun 5/4)

Day 16 Rome, Italy (Mon 5/5)

 

 

All “At Sea” days will feature writing workshops from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.

We’ll write on our own in the afternoons.

We will reconvene to talk shop over dinner together,

then hold evening writing salons where we read aloud, critique our work and solve any writing problems that come up.

With nine At Sea days, it’s possible for each writer to have more than 50 pages written on this voyage.

 

Prices:  (per person, double occ. Air not included)

Interior $1,449 ($949 non-writing roommate)

Ocean View $1,699 ($1,199 NWR)

Balcony $1,849 ($1,349 NWR)

Suite $3,199 ($2,699 NWR)

 

The workshops will cover everything you need to know to successfully create, complete and market your projects. Subjects include:

How to choose an idea.  Research.

Story structure.  Character Development.

Scene cards and Storyboards.  Love Stories.  Humor.  Genres.  Film and Theatre Formats.

Style.  Voice.  Scene and Summary.

Revising and Polishing. Using Right Brain/Left Brain. Laura Whitcomb’s Novel Shortcuts

How to Write a Non-Fiction Book Proposal

Agents, Editors, Producers & Managers.

Pitching. Editing. Breaking in.  And most importantly:  Dealing with Success!

 

Cynthia Whitcomb has sold over 70 screenplays, 29 of which have been produced on prime time national television.

She’s been nominated for the Emmy, Cable Ace, WGA, Humanitas and Edgar Allan Poe Awards.  Her books and classes on screenwriting are widely popular.

Twice a finalist for the Angus Bowmer Award in Drama and twice semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill.

She has written roles for such stars as Jason Robards, Ellen Burstyn, Kevin Spacey, Martin Sheen, Gabriel Byrne and Anjelica Huston.

 

Writers who have taken 3 cruises with Cynthia

previously, will not be charged for the class.

(They will pay the non-writing roommate rate.)

 

Only $25 to register and hold your space and these rates.

To register email Walt Schaffrick at wschaffrick@wth.com