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GENRE-LA Creative Writing Conference 2018

“Power of the Dark Side” – workshop

Feb 23-25, 2018 / schedule to be announced

Los Angeles, CA




April 27-29, 2018

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Los Angeles, CA




Savvy Authors
Writers Helping Writers – Classes, articles, and networking for writers of commercial fiction.

Online, asynchronous, with individual feedback from Pamela Jaye Smith



“Creating Great Villains & Villainesses”

Savvy Authors

December 4-23, 2017

12 classes


“Creating Heroes That Inspire Us”

Use the ArchePaths for more interesting characters.

Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers

January 2018

12 classes


“Symbols, Images, Codes”

Learn how symbols and images have been used in story-telling across ages and cultures and how you can do the same.

Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers

October 2018

12 classes





Oct. 16 – 21 Marseille, France

Pamela Jaye will be one of the mentors at the WebFest Writing Residence



UFVA – University Film and Video Association

California State University LA
July 30 – August 2

Pamela Jaye will be on panels about Short Films, the Future of Story, and teaching Romantic Comedies in Film Schools.



2015 Pammy Brandon Joyner - comp

Great American PitchFest

June 23-24
Marriott Burbank Convention Center & Hotel
Burbank, CA

Master your craft, perfect your pitch, and meet Oscar-winners, show runners, agents, and managers at this year’s ScriptFest!

Come just for the classes and socials on Friday and Saturday.
And/or also on Sunday for the opportunity to pitch your projects to buyers.

Private Consultations – Meet with one of our world-renowned script experts for a private, half hour consultation. These are your meetings, so anything goes. No matter what your experience… Pamela Jaye, Kathie Fong Yoneda, and other Consultants and Filmmakers will be available.

Need to prep your pitch? Can’t make the PitchFest – our PitchProxy Pros can do it for you.




Artemis Women In Action Film Festival

April 20-23
Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, CA

Special Honorees – Tom Cruise and Nichelle Nichols [Uhura in the original Star Trek]

Check out all Artemis’s Kick Ass events, contests, classes, and gear.


Panel - educators

LAWebfest – the world’s oldest, largest, and most popular festival for web series

April 28-30
Hollywood, CA

Panels, classes, screenings, social events, and a stellar awards ceremony. Meet series creators from around the world and get new information, insights, and inspiration about web series.


SXSW - Main logo

SXSW – South by SouthWest

Pamela Jaye & Monty Hayes McMillan’s Meet Up
“Romantic Comedies & Mythic Branding”
Tuesday March 14th 3:30 – 4:30
Austin, TX

10 days of amazing events, concerts, films, interactive – presentations in technology, art, media, creativity… and more.


Mystic Journey Bookstore

Book signing for Romantic Comedies

Join us for a discussion about how human love can create spiritual connections and make our real lives more rewarding.

Saturday March 25th 2-4pm

1624 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

Venice, CA 90291



Kathie, Pamela Jaye at Children's Book Writers

Children’s Book Writers – LA

“BEYOND THE HERO’S JOURNEY: Other Powerful Mythic Themes and Trends for Children’s and Young Adult Storytelling” Pamela Jaye & Kathie Fong Yoneda
Saturday March 4th 1-4pm
Torrance Airport Meeting Room
Torrance, CA

$45 members, $55 non-members – includes copies of both Pamela Jaye’s and Kathie’s books.

Writers will also each get a five minute session with Kathie and Pamela Jaye to work on their pitch, talk about theme, plot, characters, or whatever they like.

A wonderful, supportive, talented and creative group. If you write children’s books, do check out their meetings and offerings.


Jaipur International Film Festival 2017

Screenplays Finalist Judge


Writers Guild of South Africa MUSE Awards

Screenplays Finalist Judge


Storytelling for Social Profit
For Storytellers and Social Entreprenuers

All Online

January 23 – 28, 2017 / Interviews with dozens of experts in many fields

February 7-9, 2017 / Specialist Think-Tank with Pamela Jaye, John Truby, Laura Leigh Clarke, and Tom Chi


(Virtually) Everything Story


30+ Speakers / 10 days / 3 seminars per day / Access the recordings for 30 days after the event.

Online — so attend from anywhere, any time.

Pamela Jaye’s presentation Sunday June 19th, 2016

10 – 11:30am PST

Attend live and participate in the Q&A.

Or access the recording later.

— Digital gifts from various speakers, too —


Bahamas International Film Festival

Nov 30 – Dec 4, 2015    Harbor Island, Bahamas

Pamela Jaye and Monty Hayes McMillan attended the Screenwriters Residency Program.

Their script The Cuban Circuit was a winner in the screenwriting contest.


Book Club

Tuesday April 12, 2016

Oakmont Village, Santa Rosa CA

The Cuban Circuit script was the selection for this book club.

Pamela Jaye will be at the meeting to talk about the script and answer questions about screenwriting.


LA Webfest

Friday through Sunday, April 22-24, 2016

At Warner Brothers Studios, Burbank CA

The world’s first webfest does it again.

Dozens of panels, hundreds of screenings, and plenty of parties.

Come join creative people from around the world making all types and genres and styles of series. It’s a sharing, collaborative, encouraging mix — and lots of fun, too.

Hope to see you all there.


Great American PitchFest

Friday through Saturday

May 20-22, 2016

Burbank Marriott Conference Center, Burbank CA


Our favourite pitchfest and story conference. Impressive speakers, informative panels, and the opportunity to pitch your stories to production companies, managers, and agents.

Pamela Jaye and other consultants will be available for Private Consultations on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. $75 for a half-hour session to help refine your pitch, practice your pitch, or any other aspect of your project you would like to discuss. Story, structure, characters, dialogue, symbols, and more.


Children’s Book Writers

Spring 2017 – El Segundo, CA

A wonderful, supportive, talented and creative group. If you write children’s books, do check out their meetings and offerings.

“BEYOND THE HERO’S JOURNEY: Other Powerful Mythic Themes and Trends for Children’s and Young Adult Storytelling”

Are you frustrated because your Children’s or Young Adult story doesn’t fit the storytelling pattern of the Hero’s Journey?

Did you know there are dozens of other powerful Mythic Themes you can use like The Wakeup Call, Search for the Soul Mate, Search for the Promised Land, Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell, Stealing Fire From Heaven, and many more?

And what exactly have the agents, editors and publishers been excited about most recently?

Authors and storytelling/media specialists Pamela Jaye Smith and Kathie Fong Yoneda will tackle those questions and more.

$45 members / $55 non-members — price includes copies of Pamela’s and Kathie’s books.


Jaipur International Film Festival


January 7 – 11, 2016

Jaipur, India

Pamela Jaye was a screenplay judge for the 2016 Jaipur International Film Festival and has been invited to attend the 2017 event.



StoryBoard Development Group

Monday, August 10, 2015

7:30pm at Fox Studios

Pamela Jaye will lead the discussion on the screenplay for Sleeping With Other People.

$35 includes a copy of the screenplay, postage, and sandwiches, snacks & beverages at the meeting.

Or become a member of StoryBoard — it’s my favourite group! Lots of really smart, fun people offering valuable insights on screenwriting.


LA TexasExes  Hollywood Seminar

Saturday August 15, 2015


Story Expo

September 11-13, 2015
Westin LAX Hotel, Los Angeles

Saturday 9:45 – 11:15 “Create Great Villains”

Sunday 11:30 – 1:00 “Master Your Creative Process”

PitchProxy Pros can help you get your project ready for this PitchFest, or if you can’t make it to the event yourself, we can pitch it for you.



Great American Pitchfest

May 29-31, 2015   Burbank, CA

“Pitch Clinic Panel” and Private Consultations

Our PitchProxy Pros had an average 87.5% success rate for Development Execs taking our clients’ leave-behind Pitch Materials.



Children’s Book Writers

“Pitching Your Fantasy or Mythic Story”Kathie Fong Yoneda & Pamela Jaye Smith
Mar 14  Saturday
LA Area

Kathie Fong Yoneda & Pamela Jaye


April 2-5, 2015
Hilton Universal City Hotel
Los Angeles CA

Thu April 2nd

Fri April 3rd

Sat April 4th

Sun April 5th


Krogerup Hojskole Denmark
April 13, 10am in Hollywood

Jorn Faurschou, Professor

ArchePaths for artists and characters


Children’s Book Writers LA

Saturday Sep 17, 2014   1-4 pm

“Write Stories that Change the World & Pitch them to TV and Movie Producers”
with Jill Gurr

$40  Members, $45  Non-members
Includes Jill’s Book Dolphin Healing and Pamela’s book Show Me the Love! All Kinds of Love for All Kinds of Stories


Jorn Faurschou

Tue Oct 21st 3pm

ArchePaths for Filmmakers


Savvy Authors Online Courses

Each course is 4 weeks. Members $20 / non-members $30

“The End – Writing the Wrap-up” / Oct 6 – Nov 2


Children’s Book Writers – LA
March 21st, 2015
Saturday 1-4

“Crafting Your Fantasy Story”
with Kathie Fong Yoneda

$  Members, $  Non-members
Includes Kathie’s book The Script-Selling Game and Pamela’s book Symbols.Images.Codes



April 2-5, 2015

Hilton LAX


Sep 11-13, 2015  / Fri – Sun
Los Angeles


StoryBoard Development Group
March 10, 2014  at  Fox Studios

Leading a discussion on American Hustle
for info email Scott Burnell –


March 26-30, 2014
Radisson LAX, Los Angeles CA

“SIZE DOES MATTER –  Creating Content for Small Screens & Transmedia” – Class

Panel Moderator on various panels


Great American PitchFest
June 19-22, 2014
Burbank Marriott, Burbank CA

‘Endings’, 11am – 12:30pm

(Sat. June 21) Sunset A/B

‘Write For the Shoot’ with Emmy-winning Director and Cinematographer, Bruce Logan
1pm – 2:30pm (Sat. June 21) Academy 5

‘Dark Side of Light’, 5:00 – 6:30pm
(Sat. June 21) Sunset A/B

‘Great Villains’, 7pm – 8:30pm
(Sat. June 21) Academy 4

Private half-hour consultations with Pamela are available at PitchFest.

We can help you prepare your Pitch Materials.

Or if you can’t make the PitchFests yourself, let our Pitch Proxy Pros pitch your story for you.


STORYexpo & Pitchfest
Sep. 5-7, 2014
Westin LAX, Los Angeles CA

‘Make Your Memoir Mythic’           ‘Alpha Babes’                ‘Myth, Magic and Metaphysics’

‘Pitch Your Fantasy Story’ w/ Kathie Fong Yoneda       ‘Themes’ w/Linda Seger


Children’s Book Writers Los Angeles 
Saturday, August 17, 2013 1pm
El Segundo Library
111 W Mariposa Ave, El Segundo, CA

Potent World-Making: What’s Myth Got to Do With It?
PETRA VOLARE co-authors Reece Michaelson and Pamela Jaye Smith


STORY expo
September 6-8, 2013
Westin LAX

Friday, Sept. 6th, 2013
2:00-3:30pm – Mythic Challenges: Create Stories That Change The World
3:45-5:15pm –  Myth, Magic & Metaphysics – How To Use Them In Your Stories

Saturday, Sept. 7th, 2013
2:00-3:30pm – The Magic of Myth In Your Novels
3:45-5:15pm – Children’s Stories – The Magic & The Myth


Screenwriters World West
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
2020 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, CA
September 27-29, 2013

In conjunction with the Writers Digest Conference West

The 411 on Pitching
Moderator – Kathie Fong Yoneda
Panelists – Pamela Jaye Smith, Richard Botto
Saturday, September 28, 2013 – 9:00am – 9:50am


Great American PitchFest

Free Class – Your Career In A Day Power Sessions: ‘Screenplay Structure’ with Jose Silerio / ‘Theme’ with Ruth Atkinson / ‘Endings’ with Pamela Jaye Smith
Marriott Burbank Hotel, Burbank CA
Saturday June 1, noon – 12:30


Neon Venus Short Film Festival

”Give and Take” [#5 on the web page, Rich-Poor Gap] a Mythic Challenges project with Cleveland High School Media Lab, has been selected for screening.
7023 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood CA
Friday May 31st


The International Association for Comparative Mythology

7th Annual Conference – Sources of Mythology: National and International Myths
“The Mythology of Food – Chasing the Divine from Donuts to Hotdogs”
by Devo Cutler-Rubinstein and Pamela Jaye Smith [Paper to be published by the Association.]
Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany
May 15-17, 2013


Petra Volare: Scroll 1 – From the Shadows
Book Loft Bookstore
Solvang CA
Wednesday April 17, 3-5pm


Romance Writers of America Conference

July 25, 2012  12:30 – 4:30
Marriott Anaheim, CA
“Make your Stories Sizzle with Symbolism”
followed by a panel with Kathie Fong Yoneda and Zac Sanford


Children’s Book Writers – LA
Thursday, July 26, 2011  6-9 pm
Barnes & Noble bookstore
3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica CA
Team-teaching with Kathie Fong Yoneda


Future Fest & State of the Arts Symposium

“The Future of Story”
September 21/22, 2012    LA Center Studios
Showcasing student films from our Mythic Challenges program.


National Film School of Denmark
“Mythic Tools for Media Makers”
Oct. 6 & 7, 2012 Copenhagen, Denmark
Team Teaching with Kathie Fong Yoneda


MarseilleWeb Fest
October 12 & 13, 2012
Marseille, France


BISEC Think Tank

Business and Industry Stem Education Coalition
February 23 2012
Washington DC


Entertainment Industries Council Think Tank
February 21-22 2012
Washington DC


February 2012
“Mastering Your Creative Process”
Los Angeles, CA

Southern California Writers Conference
“Mythic Tools for Writers”
Sunday September 25, 2011
Newport Beach



International Television Festival

Sunday, August 7  3 – 4:30pm

Barnes & Noble bookstore

10950 West Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90064

“Create and Sell: How to make it in Hollywood”
Panelists: Ken Rotcop, Brad Schreiber, Pamela Jaye Smith


Torrance Children’s Book Writing Group

Wed, August 24, 2011 7-9pm

Torrance Municipal Airport – Community Room

“An Insider’s Look at the Family Entertainment Market” – Kathie Fong Yoneda

Whether your project is a book, a graphic novel, a game, or a script for film or television, former Disney exec Kathie Fong Yoneda will give you an inside peek at how family projects are acquired. She will touch on such areas as:

* What is the family entertainment market?
* What kinds of projects attract a buyer?
* How can a writer get his/her work noticed?

“Symbols and the Dark Side in Family Entertainment? Yes, you need it.” – Pamela Jaye Smith

Too many stories for young people, whether on screen or on the page, lack the core requirement for a great tale – an appropriate, believable antagonist and real challenges for the protagonist. The oldest and longest-lasting stories for kids access the universal truths of life, while presenting them in memorable symbolism and engaging imagery. You can do this, too. Pamela Jaye Smith offers insights on how to use:

* The 3 levels of the Dark Side
* The 10 Aspects of Opposition and how to select the best ones for your story
* The 3 categories of Symbolism and how to coordinate your imagery


The Future of Story Conference

Saturday August 27 – 1pm

Los Angeles Center Studios

“Developing the Story”

Moderator: Chris Vogler

Panelists: Jen Grisanti, Catherine Ann Jones, Ken Rotcop, Pamela Jaye Smith


Southern California Writers Conference

September 23-25, 2011

Newport Beach, CA

“Mythic Tools for Writers” – Pamela Jaye Smith

Sunday Sept 25  9-10:30am


StoryBoard Script Development Group
Monday July 11 7:30pm

Scott Burnell – for more information


Screenwriting 411 Panel – Barnes & Noble

Tuesday June 28th 7-9pm
Barnes & Noble 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA

Kathie Fong Yoneda – Moderator
Jen Grisanti, Linda Seger, Pamela Jaye Smith


Act One Writing Program

Wednesday June 15, 2001

“Mythic Tools for Story-tellers”
1-3 pm   Malibu, CA


Great American PitchFest

Saturday, June 4 1:30-3PM

“Mastering Your Creative Process”



• In-person workshops with interactive writing exercises
• Discover the inside secrets of stories that last for thousands of years
• Get inspiration and unique information to enrich your art and improve your craft

The supernatural and unexplained are all the rage: magic, channeling, crop circles, remote viewing, psychic spies, aliens, angels, altered states, esp, time travel, multiple dimensions… We will explore the geography and psychology of these other realities, and you will learn ways to use them to give your stories internal integrity and unique appeal.

These lively evenings will introduce you to the principles and practices behind the magic of and in stories of any genre, so you can again and again create that magic yourself.

For your own writing partnerships, collaborations, and productions learn communication techniques that used to be closely-guarded secrets.


Radio Interview – “Myth-based Storytelling” Pilar Allesandra’s On the Page Podcast


The Institute for Global Transformation presents

“Death and Transformation: A Survival Guide for the 21st Century”

Discover what will end, what can be transformed, and what to pack in your survival kit to successfully navigate the 21st Century. Help create the Guide in the afternoon break-out sessions.

October 2, 2010 Saturday 9-9
Beverly Garland Hotel North Hollywood, CA


StoryBoard Script Development Group
“Eat, Pray, Love”

July 12, 2010 7PM
Scott Burnell – for more information


“What’s Love Gotta Do With It?”
workshop with Pamela Jay Smith & Kathie Fong Yoneda

June 26, 2010
Saturday – 9-10:30am


2010 State of the Arts
VisionLAB and Ring Festival LA

Saturday, June 19th
Los Angeles Center Studios

Pamela Jaye was a panel moderator for the 2010 State of the Arts VisionLAB, in conjunction with the LA Opera’s presentation of Richard Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” of operas.

Sponsored by the Center for Conscious Creativity
Pamela serves on the Board of Advisors for c3.


Panelist – “Spiritual Showbiz”
“The 4-D Dangers of Spiritual Media”

April 24, 2010 Saturday 5-6pm
LA Convention Center


“Master Your Creative Process”

June 13 & 14, 2009
Marriott Burbank Hotel & Convention Center
Burbank, CA