Speakers

    • Gary Cohen

      Gary Cohen 

      At heart, Gary Cohen is a storyteller. Over a storied 30 year career, he's won 6 Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and is best known as the leading producer of ESPN's 30 for 30 Films. For the last 15 years, in addition to being a successful Emmy-winning documentary producer, Gary has taught workshops and seminars around the world on the art and craft of story, documentaries and docu-series. He spent seven years as a professor and artist-in-residence at City College of New York, teachi...

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    • Star Speaker: Artie Lange

      Star Speaker: Artie Lange 

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    • Patricia Meyer

      Patricia Meyer 

      With her passion for true crime stories, Patricia K. Meyer has written screenplays for Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro's Tribeca Productions, at Touchstone/Disney, New Line, Fox, and Paramount. Meyer wrote miniseries and movies-of-the-week for CBS and NBC. She also developed and executive produced six network movies with Von Zerneck/Sertner Films for CBS, NBC, and ABC.  Meyer's first production, the ABC miniseries THE WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE starred Oprah Winfrey and received an Emmy®nomination and an Image Awards for Outstanding Min...

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    • Dov Simens

      Dov Simens 

      Dov Simens is the founder of Hollywood Film Institute in Hollywood, California. He has been voted “America’s #1 Film Instructor” by the National Association of Film Schools and is the bestselling author of “From Reel to Deal: Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent Film." Dov has taught tens of thousands of aspiring filmmakers around the globe, he has been credited to have helped launch the filmmaking careers of graduates such as Quentin Tarantino, Baz Luhrman, Ch...

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    • Troy DeVolld

      Troy DeVolld 

      Troy DeVolld is an Emmy-nominated writer/producer in the unscripted and reality television genre, and is widely recognized as one of the world’s top speakers on the genre. DeVolld began his career working on MTV’s Fear and The Osbournes and has gone on to write and/or produce for major reality hits Dancing With the Stars (ABC), Flipping Out (Bravo), Fight of the Living Dead (YouTube), The Bachelor (ABC), ...

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    • Timothy Michael Cooper

      Timothy Michael Cooper 

      Timothy Michael Cooper is a filmmaker, playwright, and comedy writer based in Brooklyn, New York. He wrote and directed the short comedy Lemon, starring Jennifer Westfeldt and Noah Bean, which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.  He was nominated for the first-ever Writers Guild Award for Digital Media for writing and directing the digital sitcom Concierge: The Series (...

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    • Ela Thier

      Ela Thier 

      Ela Thier is a critically acclaimed writer, director and actor who produces her own works. Her critically acclaimed Tomorrow Ever After, a science-fiction dramedy, was released this year winning major awards, and her award-winning feature, Foreign Letters, was released by Film Movement in 2012. Thier directed over a dozen short films winning numerous Best Short awards. Her short, A Summer Rain, screened at hundreds of venues and became a YouTube sensation. Thier worked as a writer-for-hire on Puncture, starring Chris Evans, premiering ...

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    • Rob Kall

      Rob Kall 

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    • Joel Hinman

      Joel Hinman 

      Joel Hinman was an editor at large at Epiphany Magazine, and is one of the curators of the Writers Read series. He teaches at the Writers Studio and his fiction has appeared in Epiphany, Fiction Now, The Brooklyn Review, The Writers Studio 30th Anniversary Anthology and the North Atlantic Review.      

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    • Loren-Paul Caplin

      Loren-Paul Caplin 

      Loren-Paul Caplin has written scripts for many of the major studios (Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros.), Hollywood producers and Independent producers, including Laura Ziskin, Joe Roth, Robert Harris, Ben Barenholtz, and Ira Deutchman. His feature film, The Lucky Ones, that he wrote/directed, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2003 (and distributed on DVD 2005) and his short film, The History of the World in 8 Minutes, premiered at the New Directors/New Films Festival. On TV, his Battle ...

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    • Mick Casale

      Mick Casale 

      Mick Casale is an award-winning playwright, teacher and internationally known script doctor. Mr. Casale has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota and was a Bush Fellow at the Guthrie Theatre where his play Cold was produced, directed by Emily Mann, and published by Grove Press.  His play Elm Circle won the CBS/Dramatists Guild Best American Play Award and was produced at Playwrights Horizon in New York City. ...

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    • Natasa Lekic

      Natasa Lekic 

      Natasa Lekic is the Founder and CEO of NY Book Editors, an editorial service that connects authors to veteran industry editors. NYBE has a team of 35 editors across all genres and has worked with over 700 authors on their manuscripts. Prior to starting NYBE, Natasa focused on literary non-fiction at Atlas & Co.  

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    • Meaghan Wagner

      Meaghan Wagner 

      Meaghan Wagner is a former editor from Penguin Random House at G.P. Putnam’s Sons. She specializes in mysteries and thrillers, and has worked with some of the biggest names at Putnam, including New York Times bestselling authors Robin Cook and Ridley Pearson. Meaghan also contributed to early works by Beatriz Williams and Ingrid Thoft.

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    • Emily Murdock Baker

      Emily Murdock Baker 

      Emily Murdock Baker was an editor at Penguin Books and Viking, where she edited a broad range of fiction and nonfiction. Her notable fiction titles include Alex Marwood’s Edgar and Macavity Award-winning psychological thrillers The Wicked Girls, ...

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    • Patrick Price

      Patrick Price 

      Patrick Price knows how to steer big ideas into even bigger books. With ten years’ experience at Simon & Schuster, the former senior editor acquired and edited such #1 New York Times’ bestselling titles as He’s Just Not That Into You...

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    • Nathan Bransford

      Nathan Bransford 

      Nathan Bransford is the author of the bestselling writing guide How to Write a Novel and the middle grade novels Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow, Jacob Wonderbar for President of the Universe, and Jacob Wonderbar and the Interstellar Time W...

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    • Gabriela Pereira

      Gabriela Pereira 

      Gabriela Pereira is an author, speaker, and self-proclaimed word nerd who wants to challenge the status quo of higher education. Her mission is to empower writers to apply an entrepreneurial mindset to their professional growth. Gabriela earned her MFA from The New School, in New York. While undercover as a graduate student, she learned the inside scoop on MFA programs, invented a slew of writing tools all her own, and develop...

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    • Cyndi Freeman

      Cyndi Freeman 

      Cyndi Freeman has 20 years of experience as a storyteller and 8 years of experience as a storytelling instructor. She has worked with The Story Studio for the last 3 years, leading classes in storytelling for business, performance and personal growth. In addition, Cyndi has taught storytelling to seniors, adults with cognitive impairment, teenagers and individuals learning English as a second language. She has worked with a diverse collection of organizations including The Moth, The Federal Bureau of Prisons, The 9/11 Tr...

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    • Jane Cleland

      Jane Cleland 

      Jane K. Cleland writes the multiple award-winning and IMBA bestselling Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series, which includes eleven novels published by St. Martin’s Minotaur, and two short stories and a novella published by Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. The twelfth novel in the series, Antique Blues, will be out in April 2018. The short story...

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    • Hallie Ephron

      Hallie Ephron 

      New York Times bestselling author Hallie Ephron, Edgar Award finalist and four-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, writes books she hopes readers can’t put down. Her newest suspense novel, You’ll Never Know, Dear (June 6, 2017, Wm. Morrow) is set in South Carolina, it tells the story of a little girl’s disappearance and the porcelai...

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    • Jessica L. Folk

      Jessica L. Folk 

      Jessica is an Assistant Professor of Scriptwriting at Western Kentucky University. She earned her M.F.A. in Screenwriting from Chapman University. She has performed and subsequently published two spoken word poems, "I See You" and "Once is Enough", as well as a short nonfiction piece, "Sing Us a Song", with Ghost City Press in 2016. She wrote a short film titled "Five", which was featured in the African American Short Film Series in 2015-16. She wrote and produced a music video for the song "Home Forever" on behalf of Beautiful Mess Productions. H...

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    • Anthony Bova

      Anthony Bova 

      Anthony Bova's clients high profile clients come from Broadway to Wall Street, and from New York to Hollywood, as he runs two divisions of his educational practice, the Bova Actors Workshop and Authenticity NY. As the artistic director of the Bova Actors Workshop and the Ionica Theater in New York, he has over three decades of study in the Eric Morris System under Morris himself, and over 20 years teaching the System.  Prior to founding the Bova Actors Workshop, he was on staff at ...

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