Creating Characters that Grab and Hold a Reader’s Attention

Event Date: Saturday, March 16, 2013 || Speaker: Corey Mandell || Check-in: 12:30 pm ||

Compelling characters are essential to any successful screenplay.  Yet few writers are consistent in their ability to develop characters that are strong enough to truly grab and hold a reader’s attention.


 **The deadline has passed and RSVPs are now CLOSED for this event. Please view our calendar for upcoming events.


Check-in begins at 12:30 pm.
Event starts at 1:00 pm. 

No Refunds. No Credits.


This seminar offers guided specific tools and exercises writers can use to create fascinating, believable characters that will captivate readers. The seminar also shares a variety of writing processes professional writers use to explore, develop and refine their characters.  They are the same tools and techniques Corey teaches in his UCLA classes, private workshops and script coaching services for working writers.

Topics include:

  • What all compelling characters have in common.
  • How to create professional level dialogue
  • Creative integration for long term success
  • How to turn-off the inner critic
  • Effective tools to avoid procrastination


Corey Mandell is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter who has written projects for Ridley Scott, Wolfgang Petersen, Harrison Ford, John Travolta, Meg Ryan, Warner Brothers, Universal, 20th Century Fox, Fox 2000, Fox Family, Working Title, Paramount, Live Planet, Beacon Films, Touchstone, Trilogy, Radiant, Kopelson Entertainment and Walt Disney Pictures. Corey is a distinguished instructor at UCLA, where he earned his MFA. He is also a mentor for Film Independent’s Screenwriting Lab.

His students have gone on to sell or option scripts to Warner Brothers, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Disney, Fox, Fox 2000, MGM, Universal, Showtime, USA Network and Lifetime. Others have gained admission to the USC and UCLA MFA Screenwriting Programs, the AFI Conservatory Screenwriting Program and Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab.


Join us on the Third Saturday every month at:


CBS Studio Center
4024 Radford Avenue
Studio City, CA 91604

Free Parking — Enter the CBS lot at the main gate & inform security you are there for the Scriptwriters Network event.

You’ll be asked for your government issued photo ID, and then given directions to the meeting location. You may park in any available space on the lot (unless they direct you to a parking structure during special events).

As this is a professional event, we ask that you please arrive prior to the event start time.

Meeting Timeframe: 1:00 pm to approximately 3:00 pm

Please remember to bring a picture ID and your SWN Membership Card!


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