Writer’s Workshop Series

Join WIFTA for a writer’s workshop series taught by Pilar Alessandra and Linda Sherbert for only $279.


  • Session 1 with Pilar Alessandra: Saturday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ($129)
  • Session 2 with Linda Sherbert: Saturday, August 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, August 20 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($99)
  • Session 3 with Linda Sherbert: Saturday, September 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, October 1 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.($99)
    During Weekend 1, you will:
  • Identify the tone and scope of your series;
  • Break story on your original pilot;
  • Make decisions about structure;
  • Define your characters and prospective relationships;
  • Explore episode and arc potential;
  • Leave with all of the components you need to explore your new series and write your pilot; and
  • A complete first draft is not required to take this class.

PILAR ALESSANDRA is the director of the writing program On the Page®, host of the popular On the Page Podcast and author of “The Coffee Break Screenwriter.” Pilar started her career as Senior Story Analyst at DreamWorks SKG and, in 2001, opened the On the Page Writers’ Studio in Los Angeles. Her students and clients have written for The Walking Dead, Lost, House of Lies, Nip Tuck and Family Guy. They’ve sold features and pitches to Warner Bros, DreamWorks, Disney and Sony and have won the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship, Austin Screenwriting Competition and Warner Bros. TV Writing Workshop. Pilar has trained writers at ABC/Disney and CBS and traveled the world teaching in London, Beijing, Warsaw, Lisbon and South Africa. For more on Pilar, go to: www.onthepage.tv

During the next two weekends, Linda Sherbert will give you the nuts and bolts to continue writing your script.

In these two workshops, you will focus on the following:

  • Basics of screenwriting
  • Conflict & character exploration
  • Structuring scenes & sequences to build a story
  • Story structure (beginnings, middles & endings)
  • Visual storytelling
  • Story mapping, character, scene & story goal exploration
  • Log lines

Linda Sherbert is a veteran writer, script consultant, and instructor of screenwriting courses. Currently, she is working on several screenplays, one of which garnered interest from Disney. She has worked as a teaching artist at the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre since 2003, where she taught the dramatic writing courses and continues to teach the screenwriting courses. She has taught at the University of Georgia, Art Institute of Atlanta, Kennesaw State University, and Emory University. She has been a guest lecturer at SCAD since 2011. She earned an MFA at Catholic University, and she continues to study screenwriting with a UCLA film instructor. In Los Angeles, she has coached writers on how to pitch. She writes for national magazines. She is one of Atlanta’s busiest script consultants for film and TV.

The registration link is below:


Georgia Public Broadcasting
260 14th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

Join us for the 2017 Women in Production Summit

Save the Date: June 17, 2017

12pm – 7pm at Georgia State University

Making Georgia the Most Diverse & Women-Friendly Market in the Country

Join us and hundreds of women in the film industry for a day of networking and empowerment.

Judith Williams, head of Global Diversity for Dropbox, is the keynote speaker at this year’s Women in Production Summit.

Lydia Dean Pilcher will return to update us on strategies to get our women-driven content into the market and in between there will be discussions on how to handle it when sexual harassment happens on our sets. 
We’ll wrap with a networking mixer you won’t want to miss!
We expect to sell out, so get your tickets soon!

Register here –> wips2017.eventbrite.com

How Legislation Gets Passed in the Midnight Hour


Explaining the legislative process from start to finish
Roles people can play to be active within the process
Why is it important for you to be active & who writes these bills?
Potential threats to tax incentives
HB 199, Georgia Entertainment Industry Post-production Investment Act

Moderator: Lee Morin, Attorney
Panelists: Jill Chambers, Business Consultant/Lobbyist
Lewis A. Massey, Lobbyist/Partner – Massey, Watson, Bowers & Hembree LLC.

Wednesday, May 24th
Georgia Public Broadcasting
260 14th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
6:30PM – 9PM

Click here to register. 

Actor’s Track: Owning Your Oneness with One-Liners

Victoria Spencer Smith will be challenging your 5 lines-and-under acting chops with ​TV ​and film scripts. This workshop is perfect if you are a beginner or seasoned actor who just needs to be reminded of a few amazing tools. She will start with a few Meisner exercises to get us connected and in our body​ ​and then we will​l go ​until everyone feels confident in their 5 lines-and-​u​nder material.

Wednesday, May 17

6:30pm – 9:00pm

Atlanta Movie Tours | 327 Nelson Street, Atlanta, GA 30313

6:30pm – 9:00pm

FREE for WIFTA Members | $25 Guests

Click here to register.

WIFTA Short Film Showcase 2017


Each year Women In Film & Television Atlanta (WIFTA), often in conjunction with Women In Film & Television International (WIFTI), hosts a short film showcase that highlights the work of talented filmmakers throughout the Southeast and beyond. There is a focus, of course, on uplifting the works of strong women filmmakers, crews, and leads. We accept entries from independent filmmakers from all genres – drama, comedy, action, sci-fi animation, spiritual/gospel, documentary and experimental.

This year the Showcase will take place in late July at a venue to be announced. In an effort to merge the art and film communities in Atlanta, WIFTA is connecting with local artists to to include a local performance art piece in the Showcase.

Awards & Prizes

  • Best Short Film – $500 Prize
  • Best Actor
  • Best Director
  • Best Female Representation


  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • Documentary
  • Action
  • Sci-Fi
  • Animation
  • Spiritual/Gospel
  • Experimental

Enter your film and read the rules:


April Monthly Mixer Special Offer: Bring a Friend & Get $10 Off Membership



Join WIFTA in growing our numbers and a female presence in the industry! We’re aiming for 100 new members in 2017. Bring a friend and network with us over FREE pizza and drink specials for an exclusive offer – $10 off a new or renewed WIFTA membership for all mixer attendees!

Thursday, April 6: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m

Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads
675 North Highland Avenue Northeast #1000
Atlanta, GA 30306

Special thanks to Rize Pizza for sponsoring our FREE pizza and drink specials!

SPOTLIGHT: Female Filmmakers @ ATLFF


Monday, March 27th, see the premiere of WIFTA’s own past president Fran Burst-Teranella’s narrative feature The 12 Lives of Sissy Carlyle, 7:00 pm, Plaza Theatre



Saturday, April 1st, come out as WIFTA sponsors the New Mavericks Narratives Shorts Block A Chapter in Her Life – 12:15 pm, 7 Stages Theater with a talk-back to follow. TICKETS


And to really enjoy all that the film festival has to offer, check out these other great women directors and filmmakers:


Sunday, March 26, 2017, 4:45 PM — Plaza Theatre, Main

No Light and No Land Anywhere (Narrative Feature Film

This female directed, female lead film is part of our narrative competition. It deals with issues surrounding abandonment and depression, in a way that feels familiar and powerful. 

Synopsis: Grieving her mother’s death and her own failing marriage, Lexi boards a plane from London to Los Angeles in search of the estranged father. Based out of a seedy Hollywood motel, she follows a tenuous trail of breadcrumbs, beginning with his aging former in-laws, collecting numbers and addresses in the hopes that one will lead to her father. 

You can find more information about the film and a trailer here


Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 2:45 PM, Plaza Theatre

The Nine (Documentary Feature) 

This beautiful and haunting documentary was created by master photographer Katy Grannan. She crafts moving portraits of the residents of the an often forgotten and abandoned segment of society. 

Synopsis: The Nine is a no-man’s land where rules of polite society do not apply; a resting place for those who have relinquished the American dream. This emotional documentary unearths the stories of those living along the Nine in Modesto, an area in California’s Central Valley devastated by the Great Depression.
You can find more information about the film and a trailer here


Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 5:15 PM, Plaza Theatre

Cortez (Narrative Feature)

This film is also part of our narrative competition. Not only does the director star as the female lead, but she also crafts an intimate portrait of failure and fatherhood in the US. 

Synopsis: Jesse—a misguided musician—finds his way to the town of Cortez where he will face old love and new relationships. Anne—a woman from his past—will teach him a little something about what happens when a rockstar lifestyle meets responsibility and how re-creating oneself doesn’t always mean saying goodbye to adventure.

You can find more information about the film and a trailer here


Friday, March 31, 2017 at 7:15 PM, Plaza Theatre

 Wexford Plaza (Narrative Feature)

This female directed and female fronted film finds itself in our narrative competition as well. Strikingly poignant in its familiarity, the plight of Betty will resonate with viewers as they examine what it means to be stuck. 

Synopsis: The daily occurrences within Wexford Plaza uncover what it means for 20-year-old Betty to explore love whilst maintaining her job as a security guard. A cohabiter of the Wexford Plaza, Danny, weaves his way into Betty’s life, and both parties need to decide where their priorities lie and at what cost they come.

You can find more information about the film and a trailer here


Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 2:45 PM, 7 Stages Theatre

 Stories We Tell (Documentary Short Film Block)

It’s not often that we get the chance to create a documentary short film block of only female directors. But in this case, these films we found in our submissions begged to be shown together. This block of films cover topics ranging from poor neighborhoods in Silicon Valley, to a refugee fighting to bring her family to the US, to an illegal immigrant working in the US.

You can find more information about all the featured short films here

Other films you may be interested in include: City of Joy,  Wonder ValleyTwo WorldsJacksonThe League of Exotic DancersWoman on Fire, and In the Radiant City.