Writing Off Script


The story:  Writing Off Script: Writers on the Influence of Cinema is an e-anthology of essays by authors exploring the relationship between movies and their work. Edited by Cynthia Hawkins. Now available from Calavera Books.

The good cause:  Proceeds from Writing Off Script will go to the Joplin Eagles Television 14 Program through the Joplin Schools Tornado Relief Fund.  The JET 14 Program instructs 160 students each school year in the fundamentals of film production and broadcasting.

During the F-5 tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri on May 22, 2011, 54% of Joplin’s students lived in the path of the tornado, eight schools including the city’s high school were destroyed or significantly damaged, and one teacher and seven students were killed.  The fund has been established by the Joplin School District to provide the affected students and teachers in need with items such as clothes, school supplies, and books, to restore important after-school and extracurricular programs, and to help in the recovery and rebuilding process ahead.

The JET 14 Program lost everything on May 22, their technology center and studio, studio kits and field cameras, and other equipment and supplies.  The Writing Off Script proceeds will go toward replacing equipment and restoring the JET 14 Program for the Joplin High School students.

The writers:  Robin Antalek, Matthew Baldwin, Sean Beaudoin, Ernessa T. Carter, Richard Cox, Elizabeth Eslami, D. R. Haney, Nathan Larson, Vernon Lott, Nathaniel Missildine, Greg Olear, Neal Pollack, Claude Clayton Smith, and interviews with Patrick deWitt, Art Edwards, David Small, Simon Smithson, and Teddy Wayne.

For educators: Writing Off Script will also include a special section for educators with creative writing exercises and essays on using film in the creative writing, literature, and writing classrooms by Assistant Professor of English and North American Review Associate Editor Dr. J. D. Schraffenberger, Director of Writing and Literature at the Borough of Manhattan Community College Dr. Geoff Klock, and Associate Director of First-Year Writing at Binghamton University Dr. Kristi Murray Costello.

Contact: cynthia (at) cynthiahawkins (dot) net

On the web:

Anthology preview, D. R. Haney’s “When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth.”

Starting Over




Joplin Schools

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