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
1999, Lone Eagle