John Schimmel is in the middle of an extraordinarily diverse career as a writer/producer. He’s been the President of Furthur Films and Ascendant Pictures, an executive at Douglas-Reuther Productions, Belair Entertainment, and Warner Bros, co-penned the Tony-nominated musical Pump Boys And Dinettes, published fiction and nonfiction, serves as a consultant to Cloud Imperium Games/Chris Roberts Entertainment, and has now published his first book, Screenwriting Behind Enemy Lines: Lessons from Inside the Studio Gates. John teaches creative producing at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Film School, and is part of the core screenwriting faculty at the University of California at Riverside’s Low Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts, providing not just an insight into how to write screenplays, but how to write screenplays that sell.
Jule Selbo writes for film, television and theatre, she has also written short fiction, graphic novels, two books on screenwriting structure and several articles on film genre for academic journals. Her film work includes feature scripts in all genres including horror, romantic comedy and western. Credits include HARD PROMISES, HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, PART DEUX, released in 2002 and winner of the BEST PREMIERE DVD award, CINDERELLA TWO, LITTLE MERMAID, ARIEL’S BEGINNING, WHEN BETTE MET MAE for Reel History Films and the horror film KILL HER, NOT ME. She has produced and written over 200 hours of television, among her credits: George Lucas’ YOUNG INDIANA JONES CHRONICLES, HERCULES (Universal Aaron Spelling’s MELROSE PLACE, HBO’S PRISON STORIES: WOMEN ON THE INSIDE (Cable Ace Award nomination). She is head of the Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting Program at California State University, Fullerton and co-editor of The Journal of Screenwriting.
Lilliana Winkworth is a writer and comedian living in Los Angeles, CA. She spent two years performing and writing for The Second City in Chicago, IL before receiving her MFA in Screenwriting from UC Riverside. She works as an assistant for a Los Angeles-based screenwriter creating pitch decks and presentations, proofreading and formatting scripts, and overall assisting in the development of both short and long format projects. As a freelance script consultant, she works with managers, screenwriters, and producers looking for story and formatting notes on projects in various stages of development.