CULTURE

Learn about foreign rights, screenwriting

Despite the fact that some Greek publishers have done well shopping their titles abroad (see article below), in general selling foreign rights is not their strong suit. Help is at hand, however. The National Book Center of Greece (EKEBI) has invited rights agent Koukla MacLehose to give a seminar for book professionals, including publishers, agents and writers. MacLehose has years of experience working with leading publishers in Europe, Turkey and Israel, Participation is free. «How to Approach Busy British Editors and Persuade them to Read Greek Books,» is on Tuesday, February 6, noon to 3 p.m. at EKEBI (4 Athanassiou Diakou, Makriyianni). (For information, tel 210.920.0351, e-mail [email protected]) Screenwriting A new screenwriting workshop run by the Aegean Arts Circle starts in June on Andros. Instructor Andree Horton will offer a carnival-esque workshop on «The Character-Centered Script Up Close.» The goal of the course, say the organizers, is «to enjoy the carnival of screenwriting while learning the basics of the craft or learning how to make your own ‘experienced’ work better.» Both beginners and seasoned screenwriters are welcome. The workshop should also be useful to any writers who wish to gain a broader, fresh view of screenwriting beyond (but including) the Hollywood approaches to storytelling and filming. Models and examples will be drawn from fiction and documentary films, short and feature-length, television and theatrical, European as well as American and regional, New York- or LA-based works. The Aegean Arts Circle promises the week offers both the nuts and bolts and a sense of the feast of possibilities available. Participants are encouraged to write up a biography of themselves of up to one page, and a one- or two-page treatment for a feature film idea they have been thinking about working on. Andrew Horton is the Jeanne H Smith Professor of Film and Video Studies at the University of Oklahoma, an award-winning screenwriter, and the author of 18 books on film, screenwriting and cultural studies (For reservations and info: Amalia Melis, Aegean Arts Circle, www.aegeanartscircle.com, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected])