Laurie Scheer, Media Goddess, is a former vice president of programming for WE: Women’s Entertainment. She has worked as an assistant, d-girl, and producer for ABC, Viacom, Showtime, and AMC-Cablevision.She will be leading the following sessions at CWC 2015: “How to Pitch”, “Branding Yourself: The Role of the Author in the Marketplace”, and “The Writer’s Path to Breaking Into the Film Industry.”
What does a day of work look like for you? What’s your process?
I have a varied schedule that reflects my work as a member of the faculty at UW-Madison’s Liberal Arts & Applied Studies department and as an author/speaker/consultant. Generally, I spend the early hours of the day reviewing all of the online resources to keep up with media happenings throughout the transmedia marketplace. I will often spend 2 to 4 hours a day working with writers as they work through their writing blocks and another 2 to 4 hours a day reading/critiquing material. As the end of the afternoon approaches, usually after a bike ride, I’ll resume the process of analyzing the current media landscape and share some of that info via social media. In-between all of that I am honing and defining the details of my next book.
What has been the biggest help (a piece of advice, a mentor, a particular residency) for your career?
The biggest help with my career has been that bosses, colleagues and students have believed in me. In many cases whether I was serving as an exec for a production entity or as part of an academic endeavor, people have given me chances and let me run with programming networks and scheduling classes and conferences. Having that support gave me confidence with the job I had on hand – and with the work I continue to do.
Why did you choose to pursue a career in writing?
Writing, like an individual that acts, is a pure part of one’s soul and being. I feel that if I could not communicate via writing then I would be a failure as a human being. Writing is so personal and so intimate. These are my most endearing thoughts that I share with the world – how can that not be an inspiration to continue to write and communicate and hopefully, change people’s lives in the meantime?
Which CWC 2015 panel or talk are you most looking forward to? Why?
I’m looking forward to the Friday Night Kick-Off Party and here’s why – it is usually the case that that event sets the energy for the rest of the conference. Everyone is ready for a great weekend so the feeling is fresh, new, and full of possibility. I like “possibility” as it leads to opportunity and this Kick-Off Party will do just that – introduce us to what’s ahead, a great weekend filled with inspiration, knowledge and networking opps that will lead us all to success.
Why attend the Chicago Writers Conference?
Attending the Chicago Writers Conference will make you a cool writer. You’ll realize that you are not alone in your pursuit of writing and publishing. There will be many others present who share in your frustrations, your anticipation, your lack of confidence and your fear of success – yes, writers often experience fear of SUCCESS – and they shouldn’t. You can be published- and you will. Attend the Chicago Writers Conference and meet others just like you.