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Hollywood screenwriters gather for conference at DePaul University

Courier 12 features industry talent from ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ ‘Top Gun’ and ‘Die Hard’

Courier 12 Screenwriting Conference
The annual Courier 12 Screenwriting Conference will be held on DePaul's Loop Campus Oct. 8. (Image courtesy of Courier 12)
CHICAGO — Entertainers, producers and screenwriters will join the DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts for the annual Courier 12 Screenwriting Conference. Held on DePaul’s Loop Campus, Courier 12 is the premier Midwest screenwriting event and will feature panel discussions from leading writing talent in the entertainment industry. 

The conference will take place Saturday, Oct. 8, 1-6:30 p.m. in DePaul’s Daley Building, 247 S. State St. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Panels include: 

Project development
1 p.m.
Brian Banks, executive in charge of production at Nickelodeon; and Samantha Olsson Shear, head of development at Feature Film, discuss project development in the entertainment industry. Screenwriter and DePaul faculty member Chris Parrish will moderate. 

Strategies for emerging writers
2:30 p.m.
DePaul University professor Anna Maria Hozian will discuss strategies for emerging writers and feature a panel with “Thor: Ragnarok” screenwriter Stephany Folsom, script coordinator Zach Cannon, and Marc Manus from Zero Gravity Management. 

Writing for diversity in Hollywood
4 p.m.
Brad Riddell, a DePaul faculty member, will discuss diversity issues in Hollywood with “Friday Night Lights” producer Aaron Rahsaan Thomas and “Law and Order: SVU” screenwriter Kam Miller, author of the new TV-writing book, "The Hero Succeeds." 

Screenwriting for blockbuster Hollywood films 
5:30 p.m.
Screenwriter Jack Epps Jr., known for films including “Top Gun” and “Legal Eagles;” and writer and producer Steven E. de Souza, who wrote “Die Hard,” will discuss screenwriting for blockbuster Hollywood films. 

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