I've decided to pass on the Screenwriting Expo this year. It just doesn't seem like there are as many classes and speakers as previous years. I found several classes I wanted to take, but not enough to fill three days. Also, they had previously announced David Milch as a guest, which for me would have been reason enough to attend, but he never came up on the schedule. There were no must-sees for me this year (unlike last year when guests included John Cleese and William Goldman, CSI creator Anthony Zuiker, and James Manos, Jr., who adapted Dexter for television). I'm not sure if it's just me or if the Expo is just having a weak year. Either way, it's kind of a shame, because when I enjoy the Expo I really, really enjoy the Expo and I've been looking forward to it all year.
An additional bummer in all this is that because I planned on attending the Expo, I passed up on attending SledgeFest 2010, which is now sold out. A celebration of the hysterically funny 1980's TV series Sledge Hammer, it's taking place this weekend at the Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax. Although the website says it's the first and last fest, I'm hoping that since they sold out, they'll think about having another one in the future.
In writing competition news, the Scriptapalooza TV deadline (extended to October 4) has come and gone without me finishing my White Collar spec. I'm making progress that I'm happy with, but haven't come up with the big "gotcha" moment to resolve it. It'll come. Next deadline is December 31 for the Script Pipeline (formerly Script P.I.M.P.) competition.