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Insider Workshop: with P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes

  • Saturday, October 02, 2021
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Cathedral City Branch Library, 33520 Date Palm Dr, Cathedral City, CA 92234


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Insider Workshop

Writing Narrative, Documentary and Fiction

Guest Speakers: P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes

P. David Ebersole (left) is an American television director and independent filmmaker. He began his film career as a child actor, playing the lead in the musical Junior High School (1978), which also starred Paula Abdul. Among his many accomplishments, once grown, are winning Best Film and Best Director at NYU for his first effort "Lover Man" (1986), directing the boxing film "Straight Right" (2000) that premiered on Sundance Channel. Ebersole also created two telenovelas for Fox Television, Desire (2006) and Wicked Wicked Games (2007) starring Tatum O'Neal. He lives with his husband, Todd, in Palm Springs, California.

Todd Hughes is an American screenwriter, producer and film director. In 2001, he was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's New Faces of Indie Film. He is half of a long-standing creative partnership with filmmaker P. David Ebersole, his husband. Together, Ebersole and Hughes executive produced “Room 237”, an acclaimed subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining. In 2013, Todd produced the Lifetime documentary “Dear Mom, Love Cher,” an insightful look at singer/actress Cher's mother Georgia Holt and their family history. 

The duo's latest documentary feature, MY NAME IS LOPEZ, is currently playing festivals and their last, House of Cardin, is streaming on Amazon and iTunes. Ebersole's first novel 99 Miles From LA has been scheduled for release next year by Pelekenisis Press.

Together, Hughes and Ebersole bring a wealth of talent and experience on every form of storytelling. This workshop will open your eyes to the possible – and beyond.


Description of talk:

Are you working in the medium best suited for your story and your talents?

Are you a screenwriter with an undiscovered talent for writing novels or creating fact-based documentaries? Perhaps you’re struggling with your novel because it would work better as a screenplay. Or you're struggling with your screenplay because it would work better as a novel!

In this unique workshop, Award-winning team P. David Ebersole & Todd Hughes, both vastly experienced in various types and styles of storytelling, will provide detailed instruction combined with writing exercises and prompts to help you identify the most successful, marketable and exciting format for the stories you want to tell.

Stop struggling with your writing. Identify the best format for your stories and set your writing spirit free!


Unable to attend, no problem, all registrants will receive a video replay of this presentation.

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Meeting begins at 1:00 p.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. 

There will be a table at the back of the room where you can purchase books.

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Event Contact: Eduardo Santiago

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