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How to Write a Killer 10 First Pages—Free Public Lecture at ELA

Break into screenwriting and capture the attention of your reader in the first 10 pages of your screenplay during a lecture from an award-winning screenwriter

WHAT: The first 10 pages of any script can make or break you. Learn what it takes to write a killer first 10 pages from an award-winning screenwriter. Writing a Killer First 10 Pages will look at what you need to do to capture the attention of your reader from page one. Whether you're a bit of a beginner or a pro looking for a little tune-up, understanding the importance of having a great beginning to your script can move your writing to the next level. For more information, visit /ela/events/writing-killer-first-10-pages.

WHEN: Thursday, April 2, 7:00–9:00 pm

WHERE: Emerson College Los Angeles, 5960 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

WHO: Diane Lake, associate professor of Visual & Media Arts at Emerson, has been a working screenwriter since 1993 when she sold her first story idea. Since then, Lake has been commissioned to write screenplays for Columbia, Disney, Miramax, and Paramount, as well as numerous independent producers. Lake co-wrote the screenplay of the acclaimed film Frida, a biography of the artist Frida Kahlo, which was nominated for six Academy Awards. Most recently, Lake sold her feature Hemingway in Paris to French producers Fairlink International in 2013—it's to be filmed in Paris and Budapest. Her most recent script, Monet, is in development as an Australian/French co-production.

HOW: The lecture is free, but advance registration is recommended. To register, visit /ela/events/writing-killer-first-10-pages. Please check-in with security at the second floor lobby. Limited parking is available in the ground floor garage.

WHY: You may have a great idea for a story, you may know your technique, you may have a very cool payoff on your final page that you know will leave every development exec breathless. But without those killer first pages, you really don't have a script. Writing a Killer First 10 Pages will look at just what you need to do to capture the attention of the reader. By looking at the beginning of several great films and studying the techniques and dialogue of successful scripts, you will begin to see what makes a great beginning to a script.

About Emerson College Los Angeles
Based in Boston, Emerson College, the world’s premier center for the study and practice of communication and the arts, was the first East Coast college to establish a residential study and internship program in Los Angeles in the 1980s. The College’s new permanent facility, located on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, represents a significant commitment to the city and to the entertainment and communication industries. Designed by internationally renowned architect Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects, the Gold LEED–certified facility had its grand opening in March 2014. More than 4,300 Emerson students have already participated in internships at renowned film studios, media outlets, marketing agencies, and related enterprises in LA. For more information on Emerson College Los Angeles, visit


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