Coverfly Career Lab

The Mentorship Sessions
An interactive live series from September-October 2023.
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About Career Lab

Coverfly Career Lab: The Mentorship Sessions is an interactive series of online events designed to empower screenwriters by exploring the paths industry professionals have navigated towards success. Through workshops, stories, and conversations, writers will hear career-defining details from established pros to give writers insight into planning their own careers for the long term, plus opportunities to ask questions of their own. 

You’ll walk away from this series with perspectives from agents, managers, writers, actors and more to help navigate your screenwriting path forward. 
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"I received so many helpful tips from the amazing writer panels today. Great advice on branding, working with managers & agents, and staying hired!"
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2023 Mentorship Sessions

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Tuesday, October 24, at 2:00 pm PT

Making Your Script into a Billion Dollar Horror Franchise

Chad & Carey Hayes | Writers of THE CONJURING Franchise
Horror masters Chad and Carey Hayes give us a sneak peek into their exclusive filmmaking workshop on taking a great horror script and turning it into a billion dollar franchise. Join us as we dive deep into the world of cinematic thrillers and unravel the secrets behind one of the most profitable horror franchises of modern film. Chad and Carey are best known for their groundbreaking work on the iconic horror franchise, “The Conjuring” which gave birth to a cinematic universe that has spawned six gripping spinoffs. They’ll give us insight into their unique horror workshop and answer your questions.
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Tuesday, October 17, at 4:00 pm PT

The Post-Strike Playbook: Insight From Literary Managers

Jeff Portnoy | Literary Manager, Bellevue Productions
Jon Hersh | Literary Manager, Housefire Management
Chris Coggins | Literary Manager, Heroes & Villains Entertainment
Lee Jessup | Moderator, Screenwriting Career Coach
Coverfly chats with three prominent literary managers about the current state of Hollywood for screenwriters, and how literary managers have adjusted the way they work with writers. This virtual panel is an opportunity to gain valuable insights and engage with experienced literary managers as they discuss how writers can navigate the landscape now that the WGA strike has ended.
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Thursday, October 12, at 4:00 pm PT

Horror Stories: From a Talent's Perspective

Barbara Crampton | Producer & Actress
Barbara Crampton has been acting for four decades and been an integral part in some of the most beloved indie horror films. We talk to Barbara about what draws her to a specific project, why she connects with a script and hear some stories from her favorite films.
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Monday, October 9, at 4:00 pm PT

The Magic Behind Writing Animated Stories

Jim Capobianco | Screenwriter & Director
Join us for an engaging and insightful Q&A session with Academy Award nominated screenwriter Jim Capobianco (RATATOUILLE). Jim will share his experiences, challenges, and successes writing for Disney and Pixar, plus how he took his new animated film THE INVENTOR from concept to premiere. You’ll also have the chance to ask burning questions about the creative process, character development, world-building, and the industry’s evolving trends. Our conversation will leave you inspired and equipped with valuable knowledge about animation storytelling.
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Thursday, October 5, at 12:00 pm PT

Unveiling the Secrets of Compelling Narratives

Robert McKee | Storytelling Guru & Author
Join us as we delve into the world of narrative excellence in a virtual Q&A session with storytelling guru Robert McKee. Learn what elements make your script unique and get invaluable insights on the art of telling a story that will stand out in the marketplace. Prepare your questions and get ready to uncover the secrets of compelling narratives.
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Sunday, October 1, at 11:00 am PT

Writing Personal Stories

Lorien McKenna | Writer & Producer (UP, CURIOUS GEORGE, TAB TIME)
Meg and Lorien take a deep dive into what it means to “Write into the lava.” What is the Lava? It’s the deeply personal reason you write, what gives power to your story, and what differentiates your script so that it rises above. Using their own experiences as professional writers, they will explore why we tell the stories we do and how we use our lava to tell those stories.
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Friday, September 29, at 11:00 am PT

The Development Process

Adam Kolbrenner | Literary Manager at Lit Entertainment
Zach Dean | Screenwriter of THE TOMORROW WAR, FAST X
Join us for a discussion between manager and screenwriter as they take us on a journey through developing Zach's projects. We'll look at previous projects like THE TOMORROW WAR, and DEADFALL to explore how they worked together as a team to create and sell successful, produced films. Stay until the end to ask them questions directly!
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Want more? Get previous years’ deep dives into building a screenwriting career with valuable lessons and actionable takeaways. Past topics include landing your first job, how to prepare for a writers room, logline tips, and more, plus speakers like Judd Apatow, Bill Ray, Liz Hannah, and Ed Solomon.
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