Summer 2020 Events

The graduate program in screenwriting and film studies presents online guest speakers. Program alumni, Hollins faculty, current Hollins students, and all friends of the program are invited to attend as guests. To receive the Zoom meeting link, please RSVP for the event(s) you are interested in attending to Paige Craft at

You can find more detailed information about all our guests and their talks, as their scheduled date approaches, at our program Facebook Page:

Ayn and Sam Gailey: Crafting Compelling Characters

Friday, June 19, 7 p.m.
Ayn Gailey (Pornology, A Nice Girl Like You) and Sam Gailey (Deep Winter, The Guilt We Carry) are critically-acclaimed screenwriters, novelists, ghostwriters, and editors. Their own work and projects on behalf of others have been praised by notable critics of The New York Times, Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, Elle, Kirkus Reviews, Good Reads, Esquire, and by author Stephen King, amongst others. Creators of Novel Lab, they have helped writers of all ages find their voice, write their stories, and make their literary dreams happen.

Frank Deese: Writing For and About Children

Friday, June 26, 7 p.m.
Deese began his industry career selling a script treatment at age 23 while pursuing his screenwriting M.F.A. at UCLA. Within a year he was working with Steven Spielberg on the pilot episode of Amazing Stories and writing his first produced feature film The Principal starring Jim Belushi. His subsequent works include Castle Rock’s Josh and S.A.M. as well as many uncredited rewrites and polishes of major theatrical releases.

Chuck Kim: Beginnings – The First 10 Pages

Tuesday, June 30, 7 p.m.
Kim has written for Marvel, DC, and Nickelodeon Comics, with characters ranging from the Powerpuff Girls to the X-Men to Superman. He also wrote for several seasons on the hit NBC series Heroes, and his animation work includes Ben 10 and Dexter’s Laboratory. He currently teaches screenwriting and television writing at UCLA.

Joe Gilford: Talk, Talk, Talk-Writing Effective Dialogue

Tuesday, July 7, 7 p.m.
Gilford’s off-Broadway play Finks was a NY Times Critics Pick and nominated for New York’s Drama Desk Outstanding Play. He has received two Alfred P. Sloane Foundation playwriting grants (Danny’s Brain, The Radio Boys) and is the winner of a New York Emmy Award for his documentary work on public TV. He is the author of the popular screenwriting guide, Why Does the Screenwriter Cross the Road? and since 1999 has taught TV and screenwriting at NYU’s Tisch department of undergraduate film and television.

Linda Voorhees: Mastering the Scene

Friday, July 10, 7 p.m.,
Voorhees is an award-winning writer who has worked for ABC, CBS, NBC, TNT, Lifetime, USA, and the Disney Channel. She has been or is currently in development with Columbia, Universal, Touchstone, and Hollywood Pictures. Her 1997 movie of the week, Two Mothers for Zachary, received the GLAAD Award for positive portrayals of gay and lesbians in the media. Her 1991 made-for-cable movie, Crazy From the Heart, was the winner of the Imagen Award for positive portrayals of Latinos and Hispanics in the media and was the winner of the Columbus Award. She currently teaches in the M.F.A. screenwriting program at UCLA.

Hunter Phillips: A Pitch on How to Pitch

Tuesday, July 14, 7 p.m.
A published author, director, and award-winning screenwriter, Phillips has worked as a writer for NBC Universal and has sold and optioned scripts to a number of studios, both domestic and international. As a director, Phillips has cast and worked with phenomenal talent such as Tony Cavalero (The Righteous Gemstones, School of Rock), Jill Alexander (Silicon Valley), and Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers). With her script consulting company, The Write Script Tutor, Phillips has shepherded client work to companies such as Disney, HBO, and Showtime, to name a few.

Brian Nelson: Screenwriting on the Edge

Friday, July 17, 7 p.m.
Nelson is a prolific producer and writer, whose feature-writing credits include Hard Candy, Devil, and 30 Days of Night. He is also a writer and executive producer of the TV shows Altered Carbon, Nightflyers, 11.22.63, and DaVinci’s Demons, among many others.

Brian Dreyfuss: Agents and Managers

Tuesday, July 21, 7 p.m.
Dreyfuss (Featured Artists, president/CEO) got his start at the Paul Kohner Agency in 2000 as a literary film representative. During his tenure, he launched the careers of many talented first-time writers and filmmakers whose films included May (Liongate 2004), Brick (Focus Features 2006), Unknown (The Weinstein Co. 2008), and The Babysitters (Peace Arch Releasing 2008). Since establishing his own agency, he has packaged television shows including Seconds at AMC and Seven Days in May at Epix, and has represented and/or packaged feature films including Under the Same Moon (aka La Misma Luna) (Fox Searchlight), The Brothers Bloom (Summit), Red (Magnolia Pictures), Seeking Justice (Anchor Bay), and Looper (Sony/Film District).