Are you a wannabe screenwriter short on new story ideas? If so, there is a free seminar at The Writers Store in Los Angeles just for you. It might even be worth going to if you do not have this problem just for the chance to win the giveaway of a copy of Gorilla Budgeting & Scheduling Software.

Here’s the info from my email:




taught by the authors of“I Liked It, Didn’t Love It: Screenplay Development from the Inside Out”

Saturday, May 3, 2008
11am – 12pm

The Writers Store
2040 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Sponsored by
JUNGLE SOFTWARE – makers of Gorilla Budgeting & Scheduling Software


Edwards and Skerbelis present “Finding & Developing New Story Ideas.” This free seminar will offer an introductory overall view of finding ideas and developing them into cohesive stories. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A and book signing with Edwards & Skerbelis, as well as a free drawing in which one lucky person will win Gorilla Budgeting & Scheduling Software courtesy of Jungle Software.

In order to have success at finding and developing your ideas, you need to know how to look for them and then how to structure them on paper. This lecture will provide valuable tips and resources to help you organize and develop your ideas and get them out of your head and on paper. Knowing how to do this will also help writers, producers and filmmakers alike have a place from which to pitch their ideas and/or jump to the next step: writing the screenplay.

This lecture will cover such topics as:

* Where do you find ideas?
* What is a good idea?
* How do you recognize one?
* How do you translate those ideas to stories and screenplays?

The cost is FREE! BE SURE & RSVP EARLY to put your name in for the Free Software from Jungle Software – OUR EVENTS ARE USUALLY SRO!

Be sure to mention you heard about this from Jeff Gund at, and email your first and last name, and that you wish to attend the May 3rd Free Event, to:
OR you may call the Writers Store to RSVP at (800) 272-8927
OR online at and click on Events.


Mention Jeff Gund at when you RSVP, and get 10% OFF the book, “I Liked It, Didn’t Love It: Screenplay Development from the Inside Out” by Rona Edwards and Monika Skerbelis OR any other books at the Writers Store for those attending the event.

For more information on the upcoming lecture, “Finding & Developing New Ideas” visit:, or

About the Instructors:

A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, Rona Edwards was Vice President of Creative Affairs for Emmy-winning actor, John Larroquette, Emmy-winning producer, Fern Field and Oscar-winning producer, Michael Phillips. With seven movies to her credit, including Out of Sync (VH1) and The Companion (USA/SciFi), she recently set-up up a feature Matchmakers at Warner Bros. as well as developed the movie Blind Trust which recently aired in 2007 on Lifetime Television.

Monika Skerbelis has fifteen years of studio executive experience working in the story department at Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox and running the story department at Universal Pictures. She is the Artistic and Programming Director for the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival. She is a producer with Edwards Skerbelis Entertainment (ESE).

Rona Edwards and Monika Skerbelis are the authors of the book, “I Liked It, Didn’t Love It (Screenplay Development from the Inside Out)” published by Lone Eagle. This past spring, they kicked off ESE FILM WORKSHOPS ONLINE, offering comprehensive film courses without leaving your home. Currently, they teach “Introduction to Feature Film Development” at UCLA Extension both on campus and online as well as “Story Development Process” at Riverside Community College and “Basic Screenwriting” on campus at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film & Media Arts. Recently, they formed Edwards Skerbelis Entertainment (ESE) a company dedicated to nurturing filmmakers and screenwriting talent. Their Web site ( offers more conclusive information on how they can help with careers in the entertainment industry.