Storytelling: a Dying Art? Talking with Screenwriter Barbara Nicolosi
We started out in 1999 training writers. We created additional tracks specifically to hone the skills of television writers. About five years ago, we created a new branch of Act One to train producers and executives. Eventually, if we can ever raise the funds, we'd like to train actors and directors.
There is so much more I could say about Act One and why it has worked but probably if people are interested they should peruse the web site. We are always looking for talented writers and professionals to train for our business. We will give them mentors, a network and a great start in a very demanding business. It's an amazing program and I am very proud to have played a part in getting it started.
What advice can you give Christian writers?
First of all, I think the whole label "Christian writer" is a problem. It is fine to write to the cenacle of other Christians every now and then, but don't consent to be ghettoized by the secular world. Every baptized member of the Church has something crucial to say to the world outside our church doors. Be an apostle to the 21st Century and start by thinking of yourself as a writer who is a Christian.
Secondly, find out what your talents are and then develop them to the maximum of your capabilities. Don't look for an easy life, but set your face in the wind and commit yourself to being what you have said you are, a writer. Stand on the shoulders of the great writers who have come before you and be teachable.
Know that, commerciality for you as a writer will be in the cross-section of the passion of your heart with one of the agonized "Whys?" of the people of your time. Everything else you write is preparation or therapy.
(Reprinted with permission from Aletheia Writing Magazine)