Sunday, April 04, 2004


On May 22, 2004, Act One and Artists for a Renewed Society (ARS) are co-sponsoring a day long conference called Making a Good Writer Great, at the John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, DC.

The day is in conjunction with the month-long Act One-DC program, but will be open to the general public. It will focus on the writer's craft in general, and will feature as our main speaker, the great and wonderful Dr. Linda Seger.

Dr. Seger, whose doctorate is in theology, is one of the most sought after script-doctors on the feature side of Hollywood. She is the best-selling author of many books on writing and filmmaking including: Making a Good Script Great, Webthinking, The Art of Adaptation, Creating Unforgettable Characters, When Women Call the Shots: The Developing Power and Influence of Women in Television and Film, Advanced Screenwriting: Raising Your Script to the Academy Award Level, and From Script to Screen: The Collaborative Art of Filmmaking. Linda will have three hours to do a talk and some exercises from her book, Making a Good Writer Great.

Also speaking at the event is screenwriter, and Flannery O'Connor afficionado Tom Provost. I knew Tom and I would be friends when I went to his house in Glendale for a party one night, and he had a pciture of Flannery O'Connor on his know, where most people put their family photos.... Tom will do a talk using Flannery O'Connor as a case-study for Christian writers. What was she doing as a writer? How did she do it?

Finally, I will be giving a talk on the themes that should define a Christian writer.

If you are a writer anywhere East of the Mississippi, this will be a great day. For more info, email

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