Advice for Writers on Breaking into Tinseltown

November 30, 2021 – RECORDING AVAILABLE

6:00 to 7:30 p.m. (Pacific)

Via Zoom

Few industries have been on the front edge of change more than Hollywood – and not only because of the changes forced on production and development by the Coronavirus.  
In some ways, there are now more opportunities than ever for would-be screenwriters and “content creators,” with YouTube, digital channels and distribution, web series, and micro-budget “DIY” indie films shot for under six figures.  But there are also more pitfalls and traps than ever, for both young people starting out and mature writers transitioning in their careers.  

For our last program of 2021, IWOSC presents someone who’s truly from the “Hollywood A-list” of decision-makers and self-made executives, and also one of the most inspirational and educational people to speak on these key issues.

Some of the topics we’ll be discussing are:

  • Putting your best foot forward — and how to get that foot in the door!
  • Blockbusters vs. indie films — what genres are “hot” and “not?”  What is the industry looking for now?
  • Getting into the Industry without an “in” — what paths are open to older writers, people of color, LGBT writers, or those coming from working-class or disadvantaged backgrounds?
  • Secrets to a successful screenplay or irresistible TV format
  • Staying motivated in the face of rejection

Our Featured Expert: 

KEITH L. CRAIG, internationally bestselling author, is a multi-decorated combat veteran, award-winning entertainment executive, philanthropist and author.
Mr. Craig manages Central Division theatrical sales and distribution for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and worked on the execution of the distribution strategy for all titles including Marvel, Lucasfilms, and Pixar, including films such as Coco and the Oscar-winning Black Panther. In addition, he is the founder of Formation Entertainment Group, a firm dedicated to connecting, supporting and facilitating rising the careers of new talent from diverse and underrepresented communities.

Mr. Craig is also president of Disney’s diversity resource group Salute, charged with supporting military veterans employed by the studio, helping them to strengthen and grow their careers. He has written the book Serving to Lead, to ignite passion in people and propel their aspirations into fruition. Learn more about Mr. Craig at his website at 

Free to IWOSC Members;  Non-members $15
Deadline for registration is noon on Monday, November 29

Register now for this panel

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
6 to 7:30 p.m. Pacific