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Write to Market Conference 2011 Prize Winners


The following writers and projects were chosen for the top awards at the July 2011 Write to Market Conference. Agents and producers looking for projects asked for fulls, treatments and partials. Top prize was taken by Ken Janjigian for SURVIVING PICASSO.


Ken Janjigian for SURVIVING PICASSO (First Prize)

Longing for his bohemian days as a painter, a bullied and impoverished English instructor in Barcelona agrees to a friend's plan to restart their lives by stealing and selling a Picasso, but after succeeding in the scheme, and on the brink of a new life, a last minute phone call from a psychotic ex-girlfriend threatens everything.





Dian Dean for THE BEANSTALK MAN

When Jack accidentally introduces a noxious vine into the eco system of his impoverished desert town, it produces an irresistible fruit that attracts outsiders as well as greedy schemes on the part of the townspeople, while for him it creates an offshoot that rises high into a world where a stash of gold beckons, a treasure that might ruin him and drive from his arms the only woman he has ever loved.





Natalie Chavez for HOME AFTER IRAQ, A WIFE'S STORY OF TRAGEDY AND TRIUMPH

After her soldier husband returns home from Iraq with a severely damaged psyche, a wife must decide whether to stick by her husband while attempting to heal him, or make a new life for herself without him.





Sheryl Crowell for THE BAY COUNTY COFFEE CULT

Two young and idealistic teachers get teaching jobs in conservative, Small Town USA, and despite their dedication and education--or maybe because of it--they face a bitter struggle with an incompetent, controlling principal and her teacher cronies who use gossip, deceit, and every tactic necessary to take down the two women who soon come to understand that the real victim in this struggle is a good education for the kids they love.





Cary Tennis for BURNING THE RAIN GIRL

After a famous comedic actress walks off the set of her popular television show to return to true theater and begin a new life helping disadvantaged youth, she struggles against her former business partners who wish to divert her (money, royalties, etc) for their own selfish ends, and just when things can't get worse, a body is found in her backyard.





Kirk Nakamura for THE SWORD IN THE ROBE

Upon discovery that his ideals of justice and his very life are in dire jeopardy, a judge goes underground to discover the secret identities of those trying to kill him, and with the help of the district attorney he loves, sacrifices his most cherished beliefs in a do-or-die battle for survival.





Pamela Laux for PLUSH

A widowed mother, caring for her children alone, becomes successful in the toy design business and attracts the attention of a vicious and powerful competitor who attempts to destroy her life by any means necessary, not only because she is a competitor, but because she is trying to stop him from marketing toxic toys.




 
 



THE NEW YORK PITCH CONFERENCE

AlgonkianFisherman's Wharf Novel Workshops - During 45+ hrs of actual workshop time, writers engage in realistic narrative and complication/plot exercises necessary to produce a publishable manuscript.  

AlgonkianAlgonkian Park Novel Workshops in Dec. - One of our best for writers serious about publication. Craft, pitch and market workshops led by M. Neff, Ellen Pepus, Howard Yoon, and Bob Bausch.  

NOTE on event registrations: we accept payments in installments. Please notify us by email if this will benefit you, but not until your application has been accepted. Thank you.





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