Neutralizing the “Mathilda Effect”: How Women Can Forge Successful Writing Careers

Neutralizing the “Mathilda Effect”: How Women Can Forge Successful Writing Careers

New 1 Day Workshop

February 24, 2018
Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, DTLA Campus
261 S Figueroa St Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Designed for women creative writers and screenwriters with serious professional aspirations, this course unpacks strategies and solutions to counter the prevailing bias in favor of men’s innate ability to self-generate prominence, known as “the Matthew Effect.” When it comes to the fame game, most women are rookies and deeply influenced by the “Mathilda Effect,” a term coined by sociologists to reflect inequity when it comes to getting or taking credit. In order to prepare you to compete in the professional writing arena, you need the proper equipment and training, including a strong belief system about having a writing career and a set of behaviors that can get you there, independent of natural talent. The course goal is for you to learn how to level the playing field by preparing yourself for the realities of the writing career game and engage in it actively, decisively, and successfully.

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Neutralizing the “Mathilda Effect”: How Women Can Forge Successful Writing Careers

Contact:

Creative Writing (Fiction & Special Topics)
Carla Janas
(310) 267-4888
cjanas@unex.ucla.edu

Screenwriting (Onsite & Online)
Jeff Bonnett
(310) 206-1542
JBonnett@unex.ucla.edu

Shakespeare

Bill Shakespeare: An Agent’s Dream Client

Many writers often mistake writing as a source of personal identity, instead of a job, a business or a product.

The original Greek dramatists celebrated the gods in their work, but they had no issue claiming ownership as authors. They were successfully self-promoting to the extent their work is still performed and still attracting profitable enterprise. If the Greeks are too distant a reference, let’s take a look at the king of all the writing gods: Bill Shakespeare.

He is unmistakably the consummate businessman who founded a repertory company, secured patrons, erected a theatre, and promoted its product while writing some of the world’s greatest plays as a line item alongside all the rest. He is the credited writer of over 1,000 screenplays. At this very moment films based on his work are being prepped, while countless theatrical productions of his work are being performed all over the world.

How to Get a Literary Agent and Launch Your Career as a Professional Screenwriter (Online)

How to Get a Literary Agent and Launch Your Career as a Professional Screenwriter (Online)

This is an inquiry-based course about how to effectively enter the screenwriting profession by understanding what an agent’s rubric is. This is a rubric that gives insight into how to attract an agent. If you can attract an agent’s attention, you will understand how insiders think. This class will provide a step-by-step guide in ‘How To’ identify the established community of artistic and executive entertainment industry collaborators, as well as how to become visible to them. Understanding exactly what an agent does exposes you to how the entertainment business actually works. You complete the course with your mental state re-wired about Hollywood and your own work, and your chances of success greatly enhanced.

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