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ABOUT LINDA COWGILL

Linda Cowgill began her screenwriting career after completing her MFA at UCLA's School of Film and Television. While covering scripts for various agencies and production houses, she landed her first job writing for THE INCREDIBLE HULK at Universal Television.

She sold a feature screenplay that Orion Pictures produced. The film, OPPOSING FORCE, starred Tom Skerrit, Lisa Eichhorn, Anthony Zerbe and Richard Roundtree, but was credited to Gil Cowan -- Linda's pseudonym after seeing a rough cut of the film.

Linda has written television and films for Paramount, Universal, MGM, Warner Bros., and several small independents. She wrote for the acclaimed series LIFE GOES ON before her daughter arrived on the scene. Since then, she has focused more on teaching screenwriting.

She has taught seminars and workshops at the American Film Institute, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Boston Film Institute, Loyola Marymount University, IFP Miami and NALIP. She currently heads the Screenwriting Department at the Los Angeles Film School. Her books, Secrets of Screenplay Structure and Writing Short Films, are used at colleges and universities across the US, Canada and the UK. Recently, Writing Short Films has been translated into German, and Secrets of Screenplay Structure into Korean.

Her experience mentoring screenwriters in the LA Film School's Feature Film Development Program led her to create The Art of Plotting seminar. Linda saw that while her writers were using structural concepts, they were still not maximizing the emotional, creative and technical potential of their stories. Building on the lessons she gave to those writers, The Art of Plotting hopes to provide other writers with the effective tools to weave the threads of their stories into emotional, compelling and unified wholes.

BOOKS BY LINDA

  • The Art of Plotting: Add Emotion, Suspense, and Depth to Your Screenplay
    2007, Lone Eagle.
  • Writing Short Films: Structure and Content for Screenwriters
    2005, 2nd Edition, Lone Eagle
  • Secrets of Screenplay Structure: How to Recognize and Emulate the Structural Frameworks of Great Films
    1999, Lone Eagle


 

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