Whether you’re writing a novel or a screenplay, the scene is the thing. Join author James Dalessandro as he shows us how to move from one scene to the next. That he understands scene craft and pacing should come as no surprise: he is the author of four books and a screenwriter who has been hired on more than 20 feature films. In his presentation at the November meeting, Dalessandro will draw on a wide range of experience. From 1973-77 he was co-founder, with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, of The Santa Cruz Poetry Festival. He was also the writer of The House of Blues Radio Hour, hosted by Dan Aykroyd, during the period in which it won the Platinum Award from the National Broadcasters Association. Currently, Dalessandro teaches screenwriting at Academy of Art University in San Francisco. We are fortunate to have this opportunity to be his students.

James Dalessandro is best known for his nonfiction novel 1906, a story based on the events surrounding the San Francisco earthquake. A twenty-three-year member of the Writers’ Guild of America West, he has sold or worked on numerous film and television projects. In September 2009, Hallmark Channel broadcast the movie Citizen Jane, based on his true crime novel by the same title. He wrote the teleplay and served as one of the film’s producers.

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