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TV Writers Symposium

February 11th, 2011 by Beth Colt

Coffee and Writing in Woods Hole this winter.

Fifteen writers gathered in Woods Hole last weekend (Feb 4-6, 2011) for a symposium on writing for television lead by P.K. Simonds (“Ghost Whisperer” and “Party of Five”) and Laurie McCarthy (“CSI,” “Ghost Whisperer” and “Windfall.”)   The group gathered Friday night at the Woods Hole Inn for wine and cheese, introductions and ice breaking as the sun set over Woods Hole’s Great Harbor.

The next morning, the writers gathered in the Quicks Hole restaurant while Laurie and P.K. presented their take on the current TV business, everything from the recent writers strike, to the pressures of show-running, to how to handle network notes.  The information-packed morning and afternoon sessions were broken up by a break for lunch.  In the evening, most of the crew headed to the Captain Kidd for “Dinner and a Movie” led by Judy Laster of the Woods Hole Film Festival.

The series, a joint partnership of the Woods Hole Film Festival and the Woods Hole Inn, continued on Sunday with a final session focusing on how to break into the business.  With plenty of time for Q&A from the experienced writers, most of the participants spoke of feeling jazzed about the process, and said they were energized to go home and keep writing.  See their actual comments here.

Enjoy the photo essay of a weekend of good conversations, insightful questions and continuing learning about the nexus of art and commerce in the loveliest little village on Cape Cod:

Cheese plate at the Woods Hole Inn worthy of Rembrant.Ice breaker wine and cheese on Friday night was a hit with writers.

Guests enjoy complimentary breakfast before the Symposium begins.

P.K. and Laurie lead the Symposium in Quicks Hole.

The group is engaged by Laurie and P.K.'s presentation.

Photo of the group of writers at the end of the Symposium.

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