Random Writing Quote:

A story is alive, as you and I are. It is rounded by muscle and sinew. Rushed with blood. Layered with skin, both rough and smooth. At its core lies soft marrow of hard, white bone. A story beats with the heart of every person who has ever strained ears to listen. On the breath of the storyteller, it soars. Until its images and deeds become so real you can see them in the air, shimmering like oases on the horizon line. A story can fly like a bee, so straight and swift you catch only the hum of its passing. Or move so slowly it seems motionless, curled in upon itself like a snake in the sun. It can vanish like smoke before the wind. Linger like perfume in the nose. Change with every telling, yet always remain the same.

--Cameron Dokey

Dete Meserve

Speaker: Dete Meserve

Date: October 18, 2014

"From Book to Screen: Turning Your Novel into a TV or Film Property"

Dete Meserve is president of Wind Dancer Films, a film development, finance and production company based in Los Angeles and New York.  The company has created such television hits as Roseanne and Home Improvement along with George Lopez' latest series, Saint George on FX.  In addition, the company has developed and produced successful films such as What Women Want, the award-winning comedy Bernie starring Jack Black and Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey and the soon-to-be-released feature film "The Keeping Room" starring Sam Worthington (Avatar) and Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfeld, among many other films.  In animation, the company is actively in production on a series created with Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!) and a feature film with Brown Bag Films (Doc McStuffins).  Wind Dancer and Meserve also produced Wildest Africa, a 13-part series for Discovery Channel International.  

Meserve and Wind Dancer Films have adapted a number of books into feature film and television projects including Where The Heart Is starring Natalie Portman, As Cool As I Am starring Claire Danes (Homeland) and James Marsden (X-Men), and Howard Blum's New York Times bestseller American Lightning which is being produced as a mini-series with Ridley Scott (Bladerunner) for CNN.  In animation, the company is developing Antoinette Portis' award-winning book, Not A Box, into a series.

Meserve is the author of the award-winning novel Good Sam which Melrose Hill Publishing released in June 2014.  The novel, which recently won the Gold Medal in the Readers' Favorite Book Awards, is a mystery and romance about a Los Angeles TV news reporter, Kate Bradley, who discovers that an anonymous Good Samaritan (Good Sam) is leaving $100,000 in cash on front porches throughout LA.  Kate seeks out the elusive Good Sam and finds the powerful and unexpected reason behind his mysterious cash gifts.  

Meserve lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.

Upcoming speaker for November 15, 2014:

Jeff Lyons

Speaker: Jeff Lyons

"Rapid Story Development"

Jeff has created an innovative and powerful methodology for supercharging the story development process; a process that can help novelists, nonfiction writers, and screenwriters speedup their development process without sacrificing quality and creative vision. The Rapid Story Development™ Methodology is a groundbreaking system that guides writers from the premise level all the way through the full structuring of their stories. Jeff established Enneagram–4–Writers™ to facilitate the development of Enneagram-related tools for writers and as a resource for others to learn about how the Enneagram can be used not simply for the typing and character development, but also to facilitate storytelling on every level and the entire story development process.

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