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Special Edition: The Poem’s the Thing (Poetry as Theater)

by Jennie Jarvis   When I was in middle school and high school (you know, that time when I thought my perspective on the world was all that mattered in the Universe), I spent a lot of time writing. I had Feelings (capital F), and I wanted to get them out. Since I went to a […]

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David Bowie’s Codpiece and Other Shattered Childhood Images

by Jennie Jarvis “Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I will be your slave.” When I was growing up, I loved the 1986 Jim Henson film Labyrinth. It was a fantastical coming of age film about a young girl (a then unknown Jennifer Connolly) trying to save her kidnapped younger brother […]

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Entering Screenplays In Competitions – A Look Back

by Jennie Jarvis This month on 5writers.com, we are looking at the importance of using screenplays to elevate your career. When I first posted my blog, “Make them Say ‘Yes!’ Unless They Won’t” last January, I addressed a lot about submitting to contests and fellowships. Therefore, as a bit of  throwback, I’m reposting the blog […]

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Special Edition: Building A Better Conference Proposal

By Jennie Jarvis This year marks my first year as the Faculty Chairperson for the Florida Writer’s Association Annual Conference. This means I get the honor and responsibility of selecting the formal programming and faculty for FWA’s largest event of the year. In 2014, the conference will take place Thursday October 23rd – Sunday, October […]

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Committing to a New Project

By Jennie Jarvis I don’t know about anyone else, but when I finished a major writing project – whether it be a screenplay or a novel – I fall into a deep depression. Unlike Brad, who wrote earlier this month about having multiple projects going, I can’t do that. I’m a one project at a […]

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Climbing the Mountain

By Jennie Jarvis When I first started entertaining the idea of becoming a published novelist, I saw the path ahead of me as realistically as I could imagine. The first thing in front of me was a large mountain – writing the novel. I knew that there would be other challenges ahead but surmounting that […]

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Those Who Can’t… Growing By Teaching

By Jennie Jarvis If you’ve worked in academia in any capacity, then you’ve probably seen some form of this image:   It’s called the Learning Pyramid, and it’s supposed to be a pictorial representation of how students tend to best remember the information that they are taught. As you can see, students tend to retain […]

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Saving Mr. Banks – and the Audience: The Cathartic Release of Motion Pictures (Review)

by Jennie Jarvis Recently, I had a chance to view a sneak preview of the upcoming Disney movie Saving Mr. Banks. In this film, the “Man Behind the Mouse” – Walt Disney himself (Tom Hanks) – fights to win the rights to make Mary Poppins into a movie musical. Standing in his way is Mrs. […]

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Special Edition: Do you NaNo? – A beginner’s guide to NaNoWriMo

By Jennie Jarvis Have you heard about NaNoWriMo? In a nutshell, it’s National Novel Writing Month, and it’s an internet based challenge whose purpose is to give writers the motivation and deadlines to write an entire manuscript in a single month. The challenge takes up the entire month of November, running from the 1st to […]

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Don’t Let Go – Gravity (A Review)

by Jennie Jarvis In his book Write Screenplays That Sell The Ackerman Way, Hal Ackerman argues that Theme is the enemy of a screenwriter. “Theme leads to predictability,” he states, and while I don’t know if I would accept this statement as a blanket rule for all film writing, I understand where he is going […]

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