Val McLeory's background has been as a development executive and production executive at several companies including Atlantic Entertainment and Green/Epstein Productions. While at Green/Epstein, she produced several TV movies - two of which I also wrote for Lifetime (Spirit [nominated for a Genesis award] and Heart of the Storm). As a writer herself, Val understands the needs and concerns of writers.
Val has been partnered with Doug Draizin in their own management company for a number of years. The thrust of Epigram's business is the management of writers and directors. Many of their clients are taken on fresh out of undergrad or masters’ programs. Epigram currently has writers working at Netflix, Lucasfilm, eOne, Hallmark and AMC.
As a former teacher of high school English and Drama, Val remains committed to giving back to those just launching their careers. She reads Spring Competition scripts for UCLA writing masters and is also a mentor for Loyola Marymount writing master graduates.
Val is a graduate of Michigan State University with a BFA in English, Theatre, and Education. She subsequently completed a year of post-baccalaureate study in business and communications.
Limited to only 5 writers, in this special Group Mentorship you won't just receive feedback on your script, but also individual coaching on your pitch, your marketing strategy, and your next steps as you take your screenwriting career to the next level!
You will have the opportunity to share your material with your classmates so that each writer will learn from their own feedback and the feedback given to their peers. You'll also be able to email the host during the week so you are fully guided for the entire month.
MEETING #1 - INTRODUCTION & SCRIPT REVIEW #1
Your mentor will read your full script prior to the first session and will give each writer 20-30 min. of notes. Get personalized feedback on your pages and ask your mentor any questions about your script and the industry!
MEETING #2 - WRITERS’ CHALLENGE + PITCH ROUNDTABLE
Your mentor will assign a writing prompt of their own design to see how you adapt to a "writing assignment"-like scenario. Following feedback & discussion of the Challenge submissions, you'll have the opportunity to test out the verbal pitch for one of your projects with your mentor and peers.
MEETING #3 - SCRIPT REVIEW #2
Your mentor will read another full script prior to the session - it's your choice to get a second round of notes on your script to really make it shine or work on an entirely different script altogether!
MEETING #4 - NEXT STEPS CLINIC + PITCH ROUNDTABLE
Your mentor will review a one-pager of your bio, loglines, any traction, and questions about where you're at and what you should focus on next when it comes to your screenwriting career. Get actionable career advice on what your next steps should be, plus you'll have the opportunity to get final thoughts on your reworked verbal pitch!