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Celtx Taking Off With Aspiring Screenwriters

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Just an observation that Celtx is really beginning to take off with aspiring screenwriters, based on my conversations with participants at the 2010 Screenwriting Conference at Santa Fe, where I mentored a 3-day lab and presented a seminar.  For years, I’ve solely discussed Final Draft and Movie Magic Screenwriter with novice screenwriters, but by next year, Celtx is likely to be approaching parity in those discussions.

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June 8, 2010 at 12:55 am

Posted in screenwriting, tools

Podcast About Game Writing and Storytelling

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Game Central LogoThe guys at have been cranking out hour-long weekly podcasts for a couple of years, and decided to interview me for this week’s podcast. They came armed with a bunch of questions, and I did my best to come up with some answers. It was nice revisiting the work we did on the Wing Commander game series many years ago, which was my entry into “alt” screenwriting. Take a listen and enjoy!

Listen to the Game Central podcast with Terry Borst

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May 28, 2010 at 1:44 am

Screenwriting Conference at Santa Fe: 6/1-6/6

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SCSFe logoI’m excited to be back on the faculty of the upcoming Screenwriting Conference at Santa Fe running from June 1-June 6 in lovely Santa Fe, NM. Heavy hitter screenwriters Kirk Ellis, Josh Olson and others join me on the faculty, and Oscar-winning producer Tony Marks and one of my graduate school professors and thesis advisors (Howard Suber) will be part of the Hollywood Connection portion of the conference. Immerse yourself in screenwriting the first week in June: sign up for the conference!

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May 22, 2010 at 8:01 am

A night at Barnes & Noble – Santa Monica

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Barnes and Noble book panel - May 19Following our book panel and signing at Barnes & Noble on Wed., May 19 (for Write Your Way Into Animation and Games), from left to right: Jeannie, who was good enough to buy a book; contributing author Carolyn Miller; yours truly (contributing author Terry Borst); our moderator Susan Spohr; and contributing author Jean Ann Wright. Thanks to all who attended(and thanks to B&N staff)!

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May 21, 2010 at 2:20 am

Santa Monica Barnes & Noble Book Panel May 19

I’ll be onWrite Your Way into Animation and Games cover a discussion panel and signing books to celebrate the publication of Write Your Way into Animation and Games (which I’ve contributed chapters to) at the 3rd Street Promenade Barnes & Noble in Santa Monica, on May 19, 7pm.

Joining me on the panel will be fellow WGA member (and my talented and esteemed wife) Carolyn Handler Miller, and animation writer Jean Ann Wright. We’ll be discussing strategies for writers and screenwriters to enter the burgeoning worlds of animation and interactive media (including videogames), and challenges that writers will face in these arenas. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 5, 2010 at 6:28 am

Teaching screenwriting seminar April 16-18

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I’m returning to the Santa Fe Community College Film Program to teach a 3-day intensive screenwriting seminar this weekend, April 16-18.

The seminar still has a few slots open, and it’s a chance for students to discover some of the basics of screenwriting and apply their knowledge to writing anything from public service announcements and local television commercials to spec feature screenplays and television episodes.

We’ll be working with Celtx and Adobe Story (more on this in a future post) and seeing how these new tools are part of a more collaborative production workflow — further redefining screenwriting in the 21st century.

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April 13, 2010 at 2:21 pm

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Screenwriters and the Web

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April 9, 2010 at 5:08 am

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Listen to ‘Cinemascope’ radio program

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Even if you missed the live broadcast of my solo guest shot on KSFR-FM’s half-hour ‘Cinemascope’, you can listen here to the audio recording. Just click on the embedded MP3 link to stream the interview. Topics include my new book, an upcoming screenwriting seminar I’m teaching for the Film Program at Santa Fe Community College, and the role of screenwriting in the 21st century.

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March 28, 2010 at 2:47 am

On KSFR-FM’s Cinemascope Fri., March 26

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KSFR Cinemascope hostsI’ll be the sole guest on the half-hour radio program ‘Cinemascope‘, broadcast by Santa Fe’s KSFR-FM, on Friday, March 26 at 6:30pm (Mountain time).

You can stream the show live, even if you’re outside the broadcast area.

The topics include discussion of my new book End to End Game Development; the nature of screenwriting in the 21st century; and the weekend seminar I’ll be teaching for the Santa Fe Community College Film Program in mid-April.

Listen live if you can; I’ll do my best to make an MP3 recording of the broadcast available in the near future.

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March 25, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Speaking at UNM ArtsLab April 2

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End to End Game Development coverI’ll be speaking at the University of New Mexico’s ArtsLab Friday, April 2 at noon, as part of their ongoing Digital Lunch series.

The topic will be my new book End to End Game Development, published by Focal Press.  I plan to offer a quick sampling of serious game output, and discuss some of the unique issues faced by developers of serious games, persuasive games and simulations.

If you find yourself in Albuquerque on that date, please come!

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March 23, 2010 at 11:57 pm

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