Another Successful PITCH! Session

We had another successful PITCH! session for students at BEA 2018. Screenwriters Michael Lucker and Carter Blanchard listened to student pitches and provided feedback. Read about one student’s takeaways here.

pitchPhoto Credit: Kadrae Smith


2018 PITCH! Session Guests Announced

The PITCH Session: Tell Your Story to an Industry Professional!

Many wonderful stories and scripts go unproduced because the author or originator has not or can not make a convincing oral summary (or pitch) of its value, appeal, and marketability to a producer or agent. In this annual panel, we encourage all student BEA attendees to pitch their story to industry professionals who will evaluate the pitch and their script’s merit in the current marketplace.

Our special guests for 2018 will be Carter Blanchard and Michael Lucker.

Encourage your students to get their pitches ready!

BEA Student Script Competition – Reviewers Needed

The BEA Festival of Media Arts will accept entries from November 15 – December 15. That means we are making plans to judge those submissions.

We are currently seeking volunteers to judge the Student Script Competition for the Writing Division. This is a valuable service that’s a great CV line and a wonderful chance to give back to our students. It’s also useful to see the variety and quality of work being produced by students around the country.

Students will submit feature films, original television series, television specs and mobisode/webisodes. Reviewers will be asked to evaluate a variety of scripts, something we believe keeps the reviewing experience interesting. A general rubric will be provided to make providing feedback easy.

We would really appreciate your help.

If you are interested in volunteering to review student scripts, all you have to do is reply to this email and let us know. Alternately, you can send a note to one of the competition co-chairs and your name will be placed on the list of reviewers. Reading assignments will be distributed shortly after December 15.

Thank you,

Dr. Evan L. Kropp

Dr. John P. McHale



August Newsletter


This email brings you the August 2016 newsletter of the BEA Writing Division. This is going to everyone on the 2016 Writing Division list. If you believe you are receiving this in error, or if you do not wish to receive future newsletters (three per year), please reply to this email and I will be happy to delete you from my list.

This newsletter arrives with a timely reminder that the deadline to submit panel proposals for BEA2017 is this September 15, 2016. Looking ahead, academic paper submissions are due by December 1, and submissions to the Festival of Media Arts may be submitted between November 15 – December 15. The BEA2017 convention is scheduled for April 22-26, 2017, at the Las Vegas Westgate. The spotlight is “Imagining Tomorrow’s Media: Creativity, Innovation and Monetization.”

The attached newsletter (BEA-Writing-News-2016-08Aug) has all the information and links you need. Additionally, the newsletter has two requests for panelists, one from Evan Kropp and one from Candace Egan. Finally, the newsletter has the minutes from the Writing Division business meeting at last April’s conference.


Ed Fink
BEA Writing Division
Newsletter Editor

BEA 2017 Call for Panelists

During BEA 2016, I moderated a curriculum swapshop type panel featuring professors sharing screenwriting assignments. Due to the success of that panel, and the large amount of interest from attendees to share their own teaching experiences and assignments, I am re-envisioning this proposed panel to have a more participatory structure for BEA 2017.
I am seeking 4-5 panelists for this proposed panel. Panelists will provide responses, guide discussions and present their own assignments as we seek to have a truly interactive session that allows panelists and attendees to share screenwriting assignments and stories of classroom successes and challenges.
In keeping with this year’s theme, we will seek to focus at least part of our discussion on creative and innovative teaching methods and writing for new media outlets. What changes (if any) do we need to make in the ways we teach screenwriting to meet the demands of tomorrow’s media?
If you are interested in participating as a panelist, please email me ( with your name, school affiliation, details of your screenwriting experience and what expertise you can contribute to this panel. Panelists will be selected to represent a variety of schools and experiences.
Please reply no later than Thursday, September 1. This will allow sufficient time for the panel proposal to be prepared before the submission deadline.

Job Opportunity – Central Michigan University


Full-time lecturer to teach Introduction to Electronic Media Writing, Electronic Media Copywriting, and Electronic Media Newswriting. Required qualifications: Master’s degree in electronic media. Preferred qualifications: record of successful teaching. The expanding School of Broadcast & Cinematic Arts includes over 300 undergraduate majors and a four-concentration M.A. program. BCA operates two radio stations, a cable television channel serving three counties, a record label, and a multimedia unit. Renewable position begins August 15, 2016. Preference given to applications received by April 20, 2016. Visit for further information about the School.

Optional interviews will be conducted at the BEA Convention in Las Vegas. Contact Dr. Pete Orlik, School Director, to set up an interview time.

Apply online at CMU is an AA/EO institution, providing equal opportunity to all persons, including minorities, females, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. (see

March 2016 Newsletter Published


Below is the March newsletter of our division. This comes as a timely reminder one month prior to BEA2016 in Las Vegas. This newsletter contains the list of Writing Division sessions, other special sessions, and the winners of our academic paper competition, faculty scriptwriting competition, and student scriptwriting competition.

The annual Writing Division business meeting will be Monday morning, April 18, 8:30-9:45a, in the Las Vegas Westgate Pavilion 3 (follows immediately after the 8:00-8:30 “mega meeting” of the interest divisions). This is an even-numbered year, which means we will hold elections. According to our division bylaws (section 8):

“Normally, the Student Scriptwriting Competition Chair succeeds the Vice-Chair/Faculty Scriptwriting Competition Chair, and the Vice-Chair/Faculty Scriptwriting Competition Chair succeeds the Chair, at the convention in even numbered years; so, the positions of Chair and Vice-Chair/Faculty Scriptwriting Competition Chair are generally not open for election.”

This means Marie Elliott will succeed Michael Whalen as division chair, if she accepts. For a few years now, we have had TWO co-chairs of the student script competition, and the one who has been co-chair the longest becomes the new vice chair / faculty script competition chair. That would be Antonio Zarro, if he accepts. The most-recently elected co-chair of the student script competition would remain in that position. That would be John McHale, if he accepts. We can then decide at the business meeting if we would like to elect a co-chair again to work with John on the student script competition.

Additional elections at the business meeting include:

  • Academic Paper Competition Chair: this position has been vacant for a few years
  • Secretary: Mary Beth O’Connor, incumbent
  • Webmaster: Evan Kropp, incumbent
  • Newsletter Editor: Ed Fink, incumbent

Our bylaws do not have term limits on these positions (maybe we should add them?), so the incumbents may or may not wish to be placed into nomination. Other nominations are always welcome, either in advance by email to the division chair, Michael Whalen,, or from the floor at the meeting.

I look forward to seeing you all again at BEA2016. Please join us for the business meeting and the other division and special sessions, along with the King Foundation Best of Festival Awards Ceremony on Monday evening.


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