Stage 32 Screenwriting Class: How to Better Approach and Sign With a Literary Manager to Advance Your Screenwriting Career - With a LIVE Query and Writing Sample Workshop

Taught by Audrey Knox

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Class hosted by: Audrey Knox

Literary Manager at Literary Management Co.

Audrey Knox is a TV literary manager at The Cartel, a premiere management company with clients on shows including the Emmy-nominated IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, Golden Globe winning CALIFORNICATION, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, BONES, LUCIFER, HAPPY!, BLACK LIGHTNING, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, and more. For years, Audrey has been helping clients get their work in front of execs and networks and most recently staffed one of her clients on the new series THE UPSHAWS for Netflix. As an established and successful literary manager, Audrey has seen more than her fair share of queries and writing samples and has met her fair share of hungry writers. She knows very well what mistakes most writers make and how the writers she ends up working with find success. And now she’s going to lay it all out for the Stage 32 community. Full Bio »

Summary

All writers think they have the next great screenplay or series. And maybe you do! But to get the proper feedback, get the script into market shape, and have a confidant on the business side of your pursuits to get your work out there, having a great manager who's plugged in can make all the difference. It’s your manager who often is the key to getting in front of execs, getting staffed on a TV show, and building your career to writing full-time. But as most writers can attest, finding a manager can be HARD. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, though. It’s more in your power than you may think.

Most managers will tell you that most newer writers make the same mistakes when looking for a manager that can prevent them from ultimately finding representation. The good news is that these mistakes are easily avoidable and can be replaced with effective strategies and actions that can greatly help your chances. It’s time to hear from a successful literary manager herself on how she finds clients and what you can do to find the representation you need for your own career.

Audrey Knox is a TV literary manager at The Cartel, a premiere management company with clients on shows including the Emmy-nominated IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, Golden Globe winning CALIFORNICATION, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, BONES, LUCIFER, HAPPY!, BLACK LIGHTNING, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, and more. For years, Audrey has been helping clients get their work in front of execs and networks and most recently staffed one of her clients on the new series THE UPSHAWS for Netflix. As an established and successful literary manager, Audrey has seen more than her fair share of queries and writing samples and has met her fair share of hungry writers. She knows very well what mistakes most writers make and how the writers she ends up working with find success. And now she’s going to lay it all out for the Stage 32 community.

In a special and exclusive 2-part workshop, Audrey will give you the tools you need and the strategies you’ve been lacking to put your best foot forward and better your chances of getting a great literary manager for your own screenwriting or TV writing career. In the first session, Audrey will walk you through how to approach managers the right way and explain the proper approach to query letters, writing samples, bios, and loglines. She will even hold a live and interactive workshop where she will dissect brave volunteers’ own query letters and writing samples. After laying out this approach, Audrey will leave you for two weeks to put these skills to use and actually reach out to managers on your own!

In the second session we will regroup to discuss how the new approach worked for everyone and then dive into next steps you can take as a writer once you have an interested manager, including signing, how to be a good client that your manager will want to keep on board, and the other members of your team you may or may not need, like agents and lawyers.

 

If you’ve been struggling to find representation, there are likely things you can be doing differently to better your chances. here’s no one better than Audrey to help you adjust your approach and ultimately get the representation you’re looking for.

What You'll Learn

Session 1: How to Approach a Manager and Get Him or Her Interested in You

  • Approaching Managers the Right Way
    • What’s the best way to find a manager?
      • Hint: it’s not queries, contests, or even fellowships!
      • Audrey will lead a special exercise for everyone to complete in real time
    • First impressions: how to make the most out of pitch sessions
    • How to Query: what to do and what not to do
      • Audrey will bring in samples of effective query letters to use as inspiration for your own
      • Audrey will also bring in some samples of horrifying query letter stories to show you examples of what NEVER to do
      • Query letter dos and don’ts: length, font, how many details to include, tone, etc.
    • The art of the logline
    • The art of the bio.
    • How do I find a manager’s contact info in the first place???
    • The art of the follow up.
  • Special Query Letter Workshop
    • Audrey will critique brave volunteers’ query letters and offer blunt and constructive feedback for each
  • The Importance of a Great Writing Sample
    • What makes a good writing sample that managers will actually want to read?
  • Special Writing Sample Workshop
    • Audrey will critique some brave volunteers’ first 1-3 pages (including the title page!) and offer constructive feedback
  • Rejection: How to Handle it and How to Strategize
    • How to respond to a pass.
    • How to submit to managers strategically.
  • Q&A with Audrey

There will be a homework assignment after this session

 

Session 2: What to Do When You Get a Yes From a Manager

  • Review of Session 1’s Assignment—How did it work for everyone?
  • The Critical First Meeting With a Manager
    • What to wear and how to act.
    • Zoom Etiquette and how to handle remote meetings.
    • What should you talk about?
    • Frequently asked questions
      • Including what Audrey always asks potential to determine if they’re a good fit
    • Potential pitfalls
      • What should you not talk about?
      • What are other common mistakes writers make in these meetings?
    • What to do if you don’t hear back
      • How to maintain an amicable relationship.
      • How to follow up in the future when you’ve grown as a writer or moved up in your career
  • Signing! And What Does That Even Look Like?
    • Contracts (this is a trick question)
    • Information (what will they ask from you?)
    • How does the money work? (Your mileage may vary)
  • How to Be a Good Client
    • How to make your manager love you.
    • How to annoy your manager.
    • How to make your manager hate you.
    • What does the process of going out for development and staffing entail?
    • Reasons you might get dropped
    • When you should drop your manager.
  • What About Agents and Lawyers?
    • Do you need an agent?
    • Would a lawyer suffice?
    • Business managers, financial advisors, and loanouts.
  • Odds & Ends
    • What if I’m a multihyphenate?
    • Gifts and holidays
    • Social media
    • Paying it forward – When can you start recommending your writer friends to your manager?
  • Q&A with Audrey

About Your Instructor

Audrey Knox is a TV literary manager at The Cartel, a premiere management company with clients on shows including the Emmy-nominated IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, Golden Globe winning CALIFORNICATION, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, BONES, LUCIFER, HAPPY!, BLACK LIGHTNING, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, and more. For years, Audrey has been helping clients get their work in front of execs and networks and most recently staffed one of her clients on the new series THE UPSHAWS for Netflix. As an established and successful literary manager, Audrey has seen more than her fair share of queries and writing samples and has met her fair share of hungry writers. She knows very well what mistakes most writers make and how the writers she ends up working with find success. And now she’s going to lay it all out for the Stage 32 community.

Schedule

Session 1 - Tuesday July 13th, 1pm-2:30pm PT

 

--2 week break to complete homework assignments--

 

Session 2 - Tuesday July 27th, 1pm-2:30pm PT

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Q: What is the format of a class?
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Q: Will I have access to the class seessions afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand class, you will have on-demand access to the recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year!

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Reviews Average Rating: 5 out of 5

  • I took this class, because the thought of reaching out to someone I don't know make my stomach go into hyperdrive. I was one of the lucky ones in our class, because Audrey was able to review my logline and sample query letter and I got great great feedback on it. And the notes she gave us about trying to ask 5 people we know if they have any managers they would introduce us to helped me hit a goldmine. Firstly, I asked a person who plays tennis at my boss's house and I am the person who usually helps him book the court. I asked him for a favor in return. Right away, he told me he knows at least 5 managers who he will call and see if they are up for getting my ptich. JACKPOT! There's my homework assignment right there, basically! But I didn't stop. Before I heard from this person, I went on IMDBPro and read up on a manager who I didn't know from Adam. It turns out one of her clients is a director I worked with THIRTY YEARS AGO. So I took a chance and an hour ago, I crafted my letter with that connection in the body of the query and now I am just waiting to see if I get a hit. THANK YOU AUDREY, for giving me the ideas and the courage to follow through. Please take this class if you have any qualms about cold-querying. This really helped me.. GOING FORWARD!!

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