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Producer Joel Eisenberg's---The Writer’s Life: Maximizing Your Writing Business by Speaking, Blogging, Teaching and … Retaining Your Film and TV Rights


Instructor: Author and Hollywood Producer Joel Eisenberg
Time: 1:00-3:00 PM CST
Date: March 14th, 2017
Location: W.A.N.A. International Virtual Classroom


Class Description:

The above does not say it all. To that list we can add the virtue (and option) of taking on writing assignments between projects and where to find them, the mistake of dismissing “Craigslist” as a potential major source of writing income and still other avenues, including streaming services who are looking for you.


Joel Eisenberg is a writer-producer, whose current eight-book fantasy saga with co-author Steve Hillard, "The Chronicles of Ara," was sold to Ovation TV for an 8-hour miniseries. The deal is unique in that the series is published by the independent Incorgnito Press, and is print-on-demand. Joel is represented by CAA.

Upcoming film projects include the Alzheimer's-themed "January Rain," as co-writer and producer, and "Louis vs Schmeling," a boxing biopic to be directed by Bill Duke. Joel is also Executive Producing "Then Again," an "Inside the Actor's Studio"-type talkfest focused on classic television, for Decades Network, a CBS and Weigel Broadcasting station.

For other networks, Joel continues to develop several projects based on various pop-culture brands. "Letters from a Drugstore Cowboy," based on the unpublished writings of James Fogle - the inspiration for the film, "Drugstore Cowboy" - was optioned to FOX Studios in 2013.

In 2010, Joel Executive Produced “April Showers,” a film about the Columbine school shooting scenario, written and directed by a survivor of the tragedy. Following its theatrical and initial DVD platform, “April Showers” was acquired by Warner Brothers for its VOD release. “April Showers” went on to receive a special commendation from the U.S. House of Representatives.

Joel has been writing professionally since 1986 in varied media, starting as a columnist for a series of national professional wrestling and martial arts periodicals, and segueing to independent feature film assignments. Joel has written or co-written several feature films, including the multi-award-winning drama “Out of the Black,” winner of nearly twenty U.S. film festival awards. Joel has written or contributed to several books, including “How to Survive a Day Job" (a motivational tome of celebrity interviews) and "Tales of the Dead." He has successfully marketed various projects to Public Television supporters for millions of dollars in national and local program funding, including “California’s Gold” with Huell Howser, “American Playhouse,” Masterpiece Theater” and “The Puzzle Place.”

In 2004, Joel, a book collector, was hired by a private party to identify, organize and archive a substantial lot of unidentified handwritten materials. These materials were soon verified as original John Steinbeck writings considered “lost” to history, and have been since referred to by a noted historian as “one of the most important literary discoveries of the century.”

In 2005, Joel co-founded All Cities Media, an entertainment-centric networking group hosted by Paramount Studios, Warner Brothers, Sunset-Gower Studios and more.

Joel supports Special Education programs and worked as a teacher for at-risk youth, including gang members, drug abusers and victims of physical abuse, in such avenues as Creative Writing. He is an in-demand speaker who offers his seminars, "How to Network Your Book into a Film or TV Deal" and "Catching the Muse: How to Claim Your Artistic Spirit" to conferences nationwide.

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