Thursday, July 30, 2009

New Programs Brewing at Act One!

For Immediate Release July 30th, 2009

**Writing Program Info Night Sept. 2nd at 8 pm***

*RSVP at 323-464-0815 or

After 10 years of principally Summer programs, Act One is pleased to announce several new training formats for
 aspiring Hollywood screenwriters.

  Starting in January, 2010 Act One will be launching these NEW writing programs: 

Writing Program Certificate: Writing for Screen and Television  
 Dates:   January 4, 2010 – March 27, 2011 |  Applications due: October 1, 2009
               June 21, 2010 – August 27, 2011   |  Applications due: April 1, 2010
 The 14-month certificate program provides students a strong foundation in writing for screen and television, and 
prepares them for advanced alumni programs, such as Act Two, Act Three and Advanced TV Track. Students in the
 14-month program will write two full-length scripts under the mentorship of  professional writers. 

Certificate programs are offered in the following order:
   Feature Writing Track:                                    TV Writing Track:
Writing Seminar (2 weeks*)                              Writing Seminar (2 weeks*)
Writing Workshop (8 weeks**)                          Writing Workshop (8 weeks**)
Writers’ Spiritual Journey (14 months***)       Writers’ Spiritual Journey (14 months***)
Writing Group Mentoring (6 months***)          TV Spec Script Writing I (6 months***)
Individual Mentoring (6 months***)                 TV Spec Script Writing II (6 months***)

 *  These classes meet during a two-week retreat, with students in class “all day and night”
**  These classes meet on 8 consecutive Saturdays, to allow students to work a full-time job
*** These classes meet on weeknights or weekends to allow students to work a full-time job
          In addition to the 14-month certificate program (see above), incoming students and Act One alumni may also take the
following courses individually or, “a la carte” as opposed to consecutively as part of the 14-month Certificate Program. 
Please see for more information.

Writing Seminar for Screen and Television
Dates:  January 4 -16, 2010      |  Applications due:  October 1, 2009
              June 21 – July 3, 2010  |  Applications due: April 1, 2010  
Developed over ten years of training aspiring writers for mainstream film and television, the Writing Seminar
is Act One’s flagship program previously offered only in a 4-week format now offered in a two-week retreat 
where students hear from writers and industry professionals, who literally step off studio lots to teach. 
The Writing Seminar grounds students in the Act One values of artistry, professionalism, meaning, and spirituality.
 It includes over 100 hours of instruction in both the craft of screen and television writing and the spiritual journey
 of a Christian writer. Writing Seminar pricing includes all fees, as well as room and board.
While it is highly recommended to continue taking Act One courses, the Writing Seminar is designed to allow students
outside of the Los Angeles area to partake in the Act One experience, and opens the door to other alumni opportunities.  
Alumni of the Writing Seminar are eligible to take additional Act One courses and are granted entry into the Act One 
Alumni Association, which provides a wealth of resources and networking. 

 Writing Workshop for Screen and Television
 Dates:  January 23 – March 28, 2010 (Meets on Saturdays)
              July 10 – August 28, 2010 (Meets on Saturdays)
 Students who can spend ten weeks in Hollywood are encouraged to also take the 8-week Saturday 
Writing Workshop immediately following the Seminar for a hands-on writing experience.  The Writing
Workshop is a series of rigorous exercises designed to prepare students to write a full length script. 
(The 2-week Writing Seminar is a Prerequisite for this Writing Workshop.)

 Writing Group Mentoring: Small Group Mentoring for Screenwriters  
Dates:  March 29 – August 28, 2010 (Meets bi-weekly, during nights or weekends)
              Sept. 13, 2010 – March 12, 2011 (Meets bi-weekly, during nights or weekends)
Act One now offers improved mentoring programs designed to support students through the entire process 
of writing a full-length script.  Current students and Writing Program alumni are encouraged to take this 
course immediately following the Writing Workshop. Online programs may be available- contact Act One for
 more details. (The 2-week Writing Seminar and the 8-week Writing Workshop are Prerequisites for taking this
 Small Group Mentoring class) 

 TV Spec Script Writing 1: Small Group Mentoring for Television Writing
Dates:  March 29 – July 15, 2010 (Meets bi-weekly, during nights or weekends)     
               Sept. 13, 2010 – February 15, 2011 (Meets bi-weekly, during nights or weekends)  
The TV Track simulates a real writer’s room and mentors students through a full length half- hour (comedy) 
or hour (drama) spec script. (The 2-week Writing Seminar and the 8-week Writing Workshop are Prerequisites
 for taking this Small Group Mentoring class)

 The Writer’s Spiritual Journey: Spiritual Formation Community for Screen & TV Writers
Dates:  January 23, 2009 – February 15, 2010 (Meets bi-weekly, during nights or weekends)    
              July 10, 2010 – August 25, 2011 (Meets bi-weekly, during nights or weekends)  
A 14 month tutorial in developing an individualized road map toward spiritual vitality in one of the most spiritually 
challenging environments on earth. Through classroom instruction, small group interaction, and personalized
spiritual direction, students are challenged to grow in the spiritual disciplines of solitude, community and artistry 
in order to live lives of personal holiness so that through their lives and work they may be witnesses of Christ and
the Truth to their fellow artists and to the global culture. (The 2-week Writing Seminar is a Prerequisite for Writer’s 
Spiritual Journey.)
For more information, fee schedules and FAQS, please visit our website at 

Act One Annual Alumni BBQ and Film Festival

For Immediate Release July 29, 2009 - Act One Training for Hollywood  
Act One’s 10th Annual Alumni BBQ and Inaugural Film Festival @ AFI.   
WHAT:   Join us for Act One’s Annual Alumni BBQ, celebrating our inaugural class  of 1999. 
This year’s BBQ will be preceded by our first ever Film Festival,  including the initial 
installment of a year-long community conversation, “What  Is an Act One Film? (and TV Show).” 

 Screenings (10AM & 3:30 PM): Join the students in the 2009 Executive and Writing  Programs 
in screenings of award-winning features, shorts and network episodes  from Act One alumni: 
- Clare Sera (WP ’99), Pie ‘n Burger; 
- Rob Kirbyson (WP ’04),  Ctrl Z; 
- Ben Lobato (EP ’06), The Unit; 
- Scott Teems (WPNY ’01), That Evening  Sun.  
Each screening will be followed by Q&A sessions with the writers,  directors and producers.    

Discussion (1PM): The day will also feature a panel discussion entitled “What Is  an Act One Film?"
 led by board members: Dean Batali, David McFadzean, Barbara  Nicolosi and Chuck Slocum. This will
 be the first in a year-long series of Act One community conversations exploring this topic.  

BBQ (6:30 PM): The annual Alumni BBQ, celebrating the Class of 1999. 

WHEN:  August 1, 2009, 10AM – 10PM  
WHERE:  American Film Institute (AFI), 2021 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027 -1657, 323.856.7600  
HOW MUCH?:   $45 for an All-Day Pass (Two Screenings, Discussion, Lunch & BBQ  included) 
or $15 per each of the five events. (Seating for the Film Festival is LIMITED, and available on a first-come,  first-serve basis.  
Register NOW!)
WHO CAN ATTEND:  The Act One community and the general public.
TO REGISTER: or call 323-464-0815

Monday, July 20, 2009

Orange County Catholic Prayer Breakfast







Keynote Speaker 


International Speaker & Author 



"Daily Prayer" 


Wednesday, September 30, 2009 



Principal Mass Celebrant 

Bishop Tod D. Brown 

with all priests in attendance concelebrating 



 6:30 a.m. Rosary 

 7:00 a.m. Holy Mass 

 7:45 a.m. Breakfast & Program 

 9:00 a.m. Conclusion 



Crowne Plaza Anaheim Resort 

12021 Harbor Boulevard 

Garden Grove, California 92840 



REGISTER online or by phone:     949.528.3223  




Single Tickets: $30          Table of Ten: $300 

All are welcome. Scholarships are available if needed. 







Orange County 


Prayer Breakfast 

Organizing Committee 



Bishop of Orange 

Bishop Tod D. Brown 



Terry & Kathy McGaughan 

Rob & Berni Neal 


Committee Members 

Msgr. Lawrence J. Baird 

Fr. Al Baca 

Fr. Joe Nettekoven 

Fr. Steve Sallot 

Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S. J. 

Sr. Irma Gomez, MESST 

Kathleen Beckman 

Ellen Buchanan 

Cheryl & Merrill Butler 

Jenny Cahill 

Cheri Coughlin 

Tony Di Nino 

Mick Fern 

Joan Jacoby 

Joe Kromanchly 

Pete & Jan Lauder 

Patti Ledesma 

Barbara McGuigan 

Manny Montanez 

Susan Miller 

Evie Pilkington 

Jill & Scott Richmond 

Lucinda Salinas 

John Scola 

Zita Sevilla 

Sherry Van Meter 

Meg Waters 




Founded & Organized by  

  Magis Institute 

  2532 Dupont Drive 

  Irvine, California 92612