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Win a pass to the 2018 Toronto Screenwriting Conference

Update: Congratulations to Marsha Mason, who won a free pass to this year’s Toronto Screenwriting Conference. Thanks to everyone who submitted their story.


Want access to veterans of the screenwriting industry who can give you the education and skills development to further your career in writing, producing and directing? The Toronto Screenwriting Conference is for you.

The two-day weekend event—on June 23 and 24—brings together expert creative talent, authors and speakers specializing in the craft of writing.

Among the highlights is a Writing Room Intensive with Degrassi: Next Class and Holly Hobbie showrunner Sarah Glinski, where participants will work together in a mock writing room to break a pilot for a Dawson’s Creek reboot. Also on tap: speakers like David Shore (House, The Good Doctor), Chip Johannessen (Homeland), Stacy Rukeyser (Unreal), Ben Watkins (Hand of God) and Corey Mandell.

New this year is The Foundation Series: Where New Stories Begin with two sessions in Brain, Biography and Crime with Dr. William Watson, and Understanding Fraudsters and the Coppers that Chase Them with Mike Akpata.

TV, eh? is proud to be the exclusive media sponsors for this year’s Toronto Screenwriting Conference, but we’re even more excited to offer our readers the chance to win one complimentary pass to the weekend!

Simply comment below telling us which Canadian TV show, past or present, has inspired you to write for Canadian TV or film and we’ll select one winner at random to attend this month’s event. The contest closes Friday, June 15, at noon PT/3 p.m. ET.

More information can be found at the TSC website.


Degrassi: Next Class’ Sarah Glinski to head up TSC’s Writing Room Intensive

From a media release:

Ever wondered what it might be like to work in the room with a leading Canadian Showrunner? This might be the opportunity for you!

First developed in 2015, the WGC Writing Room Intensive, puts emerging to mid-career writing professionals in a mock-writing room with a leading Canadian Showrunner. We have worked with Bruce Smith (19-2), Emily Andras (WYNONNA EARP), and Kevin White and Ins Choi (KIM’S CONVENIENCE).

Through this intensive participants learn more about the inner workings of the writing room including how a Showrunner fosters creativity, breaks story, works with notes, manages conflict (where necessary), and eventually gets the script to screen.

You must be registered to attend the Toronto Screenwriting Conference, and a member of the WGC in good standing in order to apply for the program.

Call for applications are now open to registered delegates of 2018 Toronto Screenwriting Conference. Applicants will have the opportunity to apply to join Sarah Glinski, Executive Producer/Showrunner (HOLLY HOBBIE, DEGRASSI: NEXT CLASS), in a Mock Writers Room Intensive on Friday, June 22, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Get more details and find out how you can apply here.

Sarah Glinski is an Emmy-nominated TV writer/producer currently serving as Executive Producer and Showrunner on the Hulu/DHX/Universal Kids series HOLLY HOBBIE. Previously, she ran DEGRASSI for Netflix/DHX.  Over the last decade, Sarah’s produced over 200 episodes of television and 2 MOWs. She has also staffed on LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE, and BILLABLE HOURS.

Sarah’s been nominated for three Emmys, won three Canadian Screen Awards and was named one of Hollywood Reporter’s Next Generation. When Sarah’s not brainstorming ways to get characters in trouble, she’s keeping her two young daughters out of it.


Toronto Screenwriting Conference announces winners of the Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Award

From a media release:

The Toronto Screenwriting Conference (TSC) today announced the six winners of the second annual Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Award, a mentorship and bursary program created to help emerging and mid-level screenwriters from diverse backgrounds to be mentored, to network with Canadian television professionals, and be exposed to leaders in the field of screen-based writing.

To achieve this objective, each of the six winners — Cara Lynn Branch, Elene Mekete, Ian Steaman, Murry Peeters, Rebecca Grenier, and Veronika Paz — will receive a complimentary registration for the highly anticipated two-day conference taking place in Toronto over the weekend of June 23-24. The winners will also join veteran Canadian producer/writer Al Magee (founder of Magee TV) for several networking events, with each receiving a one-on-one three-month mentorship with senior Canadian screenwriting professionals Alejandro Alcoba, Marsha Greene, Duana Taha, Pat Mills, Noelle Carbone and Eva Thomas.

The winners were chosen based on submissions that included the following four criteria: one concept for an original series or feature film, one writing sample, a letter of interest and intent, and a letter of reference. The TSC and Magee TV also recognize the Diverse Screenwriters Award’s seven finalists: Caitlin English, Fiona Clarke, Julia Skikavich, Kim Gonsalves, Michelle Yeo, Margaret Hoffman, and Maxine Grossman.

The Ninth Annual Toronto Screenwriting Conference (TSC) is a two-day weekend event that brings together screen-based industry professionals and offers them an advanced level of education and skills development unparalleled by any other screenwriting event on the continent. The conference takes place on June 23 and 24, 2018 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (Conference) and Artscape Sandbox.

This year’s speakers Chip Johannessen (Homeland), Stacy Rukeyser (Unreal), and Ben Watkins (Hand of God) will present Masterclass Lectures at the conference. Returning (by popular demand) are story gurus Carole Kirshner & Corey Mandell, with more programming and speaker announcements to come. Previous conference speakers have included Andrew Stanton (Finding Dory), Moira Walley Beckett (Breaking Bad), Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3), David Webb Peoples (Blade Runner), Tim Long (The Simpsons), Leonard Dick (The Good Wife), Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead), and Beau Willimon (House of Cards).

For more details and to register for this year’s conference, click here.


Toronto Screenwriting Conference announces winners of Telefilm New Voices Award

From a media release:

The Toronto Screenwriting Conference (TSC) is excited to announce this year’s recipients of the Telefilm Canada New Voices Award. The emerging screenwriters were selected from a pool of over 120 applicants Canada-wide. Those receiving the 2018 honours are Davida Aronovitch, Michael Hanley, Erin Hug, Kim Morrison, and Lisa Rose Snow. (See below for bios.) Each winner receives a pass to the TSC and a meeting with representatives from Telefilm Canada.

The Ninth Annual Toronto Screenwriting Conference (TSC) is a two-day weekend event that brings together screen-based industry professionals and offers them advanced level of education and skills development unparalleled by any other screenwriting event on the continent. The conference takes place on June 23 and 24, 2018 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (Conference) and Artscape Sandbox.

This year’s speakers Chip Johannessen (Homeland), Stacy Rukeyser (Unreal), and Ben Watkins (Hand of God) will present Masterclass Lectures at the conference. Returning (by popular demand) are story gurus Carole Kirshner & Corey Mandell, with more programming and speaker announcements to come. Previous conference speakers have included Andrew Stanton (Finding Dory), Moira Walley Beckett (Breaking Bad), Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3), David Webb Peoples (Blade Runner), Tim Long (The Simpsons), Leonard Dick (The Good Wife), Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead), and Beau Willimon (House of Cards).

Davida Aronovitch is a Toronto-based screenwriter and producer. Since 2012, she has overseen the reboot of the Heritage Minutes series, leading the production of 12 new one-minute vignettes. Davida has collaborated with award-winning filmmakers and writers from across Canada and has helped broaden the Minutes collection with new and diverse stories such as Viola Desmond, Residential Schools, and Lucy Maud Montgomery. Davida’s film and tv projects focus on female-driven stories and explore themes such as culture, technology, motherhood and mental health. Her animated children’s series, Who What Clara Goes to the Internet, follows the adventures of an inquisitive yet anxious young girl who finds a portal into the web and must learn to navigate its potential – and its pitfalls – safely and sanely. Davida holds an M.A. in modern and contemporary art history from the University of Toronto and a B.A. from McGill.

Michael Hanley is an award-winning screenwriter based in Toronto. He is an alumnus of the New York Film Academy and the Writers’ Lab at the Canadian Film Centre. His work has received acclaim at multiple international film festivals, and includes the short films, Tempted by the Fruit of Another (10), Offload (16), Lucas (17) and the feature Learning to Ride (14). He is currently in development on several projects, including his second feature Saltbox, which was listed on the Canadian Film Festival’s It List as well as Leaked, a one-hour dramatic television series.

Erin Hug is a Toronto-based scriptwriter originally from Vermont. She has written several award-winning one-act plays that were produced in the U.S. and Ireland, and was commissioned to write a full-length play for young actors that was produced in Florida and Pennsylvania. Her full-length play, The Big Top, is currently in development with Accidental Theatre in Northern Ireland. In 2009 and 2010, she directed and produced a tour of an all-female storytelling show featuring immigrant women in Sweden. She completed the Fishamble Playwright Mentorship Programme in Ireland in 2013, and the Second City Conservatory Program in 2014. She holds a BS in Scriptwriting from Ithaca College and a MS in International Relations from Linkoping University in Sweden.

Kim Morrison is a writer and story editor living in Toronto. She started her origin story as an Intern, both at a broadcast network (BellMedia), and literary agency (The Characters Talent Agency), before being promoted to Executive Assistant at an independent production company (Prodigy Pictures – Dark Matter, Lost Girl). The variety of these early experiences provided her with an incredibly valuable and holistic understanding of the industry. Determined to get closer to the writers’ room, she took a job as a Showrunner’s Assistant (Rogue) that culminated in performing double duty as their Script Coordinator as well. Since then, she has been a Story/Script Coordinator on 34 episodes of television (Private Eyes, Mary Kills People) and has co-written an episode of season 2B of Private Eyes (217). She is currently in a half-hour comedy development room working as a story editor, and continuing to develop her own projects. Kim is a graduate from the TV Writing & Producing post-grad program at Humber College where she received the Brian Linehan Television Writing & Producing Award for Outstanding Artistic Promise. Previously, she graduated from the University of Waterloo with a BA in Sociology, and too many add-on specializations to count.

Lisa Rose Snow is an award-winning writer/director and performer raised by the ocean and now residing in Toronto. Recent directing credits include Rogue Bridal– a new half hour pilot from Blue Ant Media, Dino Dana (2xMore Sinking Ship Director’s Lab recipient), and the bravoFACTUAL doc Meet Maurice Crosby. LRS can also be found working in writing rooms on shows like Little Dog (CBC) where she co-wrote episode 104, Ten Days in the Valley (ABC), and Frontier (Netflix). She is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Cineplex Screenwriters Program and Dalhousie University’s Acting Program, and participated in the Reykjavik Film Festival’s Talent Lab, the National Screen Institute’s Drama Prize Program, and AFCOOP’s Film5 Program. In 2013 she received a Women Making Waves Award from WIFT-Atlantic. She’s passionate about stories from underrepresented voices, food, anything woo woo, and kindness.

Get more information on the Toronto Screenwriting Conference, including registration information.


TSC’s Glenn Cockburn talks the Toronto Screenwriting Awards

Have you got a script you deem award-worthy? The Toronto Screenwriting Conference wants to read it. The two-day event, scheduled to take place June 23-24, 2018, at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in downtown Toronto, is set to make an international splash with its first-ever Toronto Screenwriting Awards.

Celebrating the best in 12 categories—film (drama, comedy, genre, animation) and television (serialized drama, procedural drama, genre drama, family drama, single-camera comedy, multi-camera comedy, youth & family comedy, animation comedy)—submissions can come from any country in the world as long as it was originally written in English and the script was screened or aired between January and December of 2017.

The TSC is a conference offering screenwriters and other industry professionals an opportunity to develop their skills at a high level as well as network with some of the best in the TV and film business. The conference has attracted a who’s who of screenwriting talent to speak, including Moira Walley-Beckett (Anne), Emily Andras (Wynonna Earp), Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead), Bruce Smith (19-2), David S. Goyer (Da Vinci’s Demons), Beau Willimon (House of Cards) and Tassie Cameron (Mary Kills People).

With the submission deadline for scripts of Monday, April 30, at midnight ET, we got TSC founder and advisory committee chair Glenn Cockburn on the phone to talk about them.

Why did you decide to have a Toronto Screenwriting Awards?
Glenn Cockburn: I resented the idea for any awards for a long time. The last thing anyone really needs is another awards show. But I did recognize the value of it and we are trying to build the best screenwriting event in the world and that’s not just about having the best speakers in the world and the best content. It’s about being a weekend that celebrates screenwriting. I knew an awards component was going to be more and more important to that but the trick was what were we going to do? When I first had the idea for the Toronto Screenwriting Conference I was shocked there wasn’t a conference for professional screenwriters anywhere in the world at the time.

As I started thinking more seriously and considered awards I wondered what that would look like. I was shocked to find out there was nowhere in the world where screenwriters were being awarded for the various categories of screenwriting. That was the big turning point for me. The realization we could do an awards show where we could take best comedy and actually award people within various aspects of that. We looked at best drama, best comedy and best screenplay, the traditional categories people win awards in. We said, ‘What if we treated those as realms and reward people within those realms?’ So, best TV drama becomes best procedural drama, best serialized drama, best genre drama and then best family drama. The ability to write those four sub-genres of drama are completely different than the others. Obviously, the difference between single-cam and multi-cam comedy is very different when it comes to structure and the types of jokes that are written. To lump everyone into one category seemed unfair and if we were going to celebrate screenwriters we should do it in the various ways they are pursuing their careers.

I agree with what you’ve said and I’m overjoyed to see categories like family drama, youth and family comedy and animated comedy. The scripts being written in those categories alone are amazing.
Absolutely. One hour drama tends to get too much attention and the people who write Heartland are amazing at it and they need to get more attention for writing something that isn’t a one hour drama that isn’t for adults only. That’s an important thing to recognize.

Having awards like this puts the Toronto Screenwriting Conference on a world stage. Are you OK with that?
That’s the intention. The conference itself is designed for and programmed for professional screenwriters and we want to make sure that the best screenwriters in the world, once a year, know and remember they need to go to Toronto to have a conversation about what’s going on in their profession. And, to be clear, the Toronto Screenwriting Awards are open to the English language. Our hope, over time, is that we’ll have nominees from England up against nominees from Australia, Canada and the United States. I would love it if something from Canada won best procedural or something from Scandinavia won best serialized drama. I would love that.

You could have, for the first year of the awards, gone with just Canada and the U.S. for entries. You went more aggressively and opened it to the world right away. That’s exciting.
I want the international screenwriting community to look to Toronto as the centre of screenwriting and look forward to the conversations. I want other countries to know that we recognize every country is doing something different in the world of screenwriting and that we want to talk about it.

Submit your script to this year’s Toronto Screenwriting Awards. The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 30, at midnight ET. And register now for this year’s conference.