DePaul University's Courier 12 Screenwriting Conference

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, Sept. 28, 12:00-7:00 p.m. in DePaul’s Daley Building, 247 S. State St. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Panels include:

12:00 PM – SHARKNADOS, ZOMBIES & DOOMSDAY: David Michael Latt, co-founder of The Asylum, will discuss how new writers can break into writing low budget genre (horror, scifi, action, thriller).

1:30 PM – WEB SERIES & INTERSECTIONAL TELEVISION: OTV Head of Production (and DePaul alumnus) Stephanie Jeter, and Kissing Walls creator Zak Payne for a discussion on the current web series landscape. 

3:00 PM – THAT’S NOT FUNNY: Producer Trevor Albert (Groundhog Day) and Second City alums discuss the current state of comedy.

4:30 PM – BREAKING INTO THE WRITERS' ROOM: TV writers Michael Gemballa (SWAT) and Teresa Huang (SEAL TEAM) share their journey from being accepted into the CBS Writers Mentorship Program to getting staffed on a successful network television series. 

6:00PM – SPEC SCRIPT TO OSCARS: Screenwriters David Rabinowitz and Charlie Wachtel share the story behind the story for the award-winning 2018 movie BlacKkKlansman (directed by Spike Lee) for which the pair won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts was recent ranked No. 13 on The Hollywood Reporter’s list of America’s Top 25 Film Schools. DePaul also offers comedy filmmaking degrees with The Second City, Chicago’s iconic center for improvisational comedy. DePaul’s 35,000-square-foot facilities at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios on the city’s west side include three professional soundstages, green screen cycloramas, a 3-ton grip truck and high-end editing suites and mixing studios. For more information, visit

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. Doors will open a half hour before the event begins and the RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status. If there are additional seats, and you have not RSVPed, we will admit on a first-come, first-served basis after all rsvps have been seated.

Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 12:00pm to 7:00pm

Richard M. and Maggie C. Daley Building, LL 105
14 E Jackson Blvd

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