Just got back from three days of intense workshops, seminars, and meetings in New York City and I can only say “thank you” to all who made me feel welcome.

Thursday evening, I was invited to speak to David Negrin’s group of screenwriters and it was a fantastic time. Two hours later, I was still talking movies with no apparent ill effect. As you know “Have Pellegrino, will chat” — and so I do. Also had a show of film clips to illustrate some of what I was describing. Maybe next time we’ll go even longer. Check out David’s site: http://screenwriters.meetup.com/23/events/?eventId=5053270&action=pastdetail

Friday night, I had a chance to meet with the NY Script Club,http://nyscriptclub.org/, a group that has just started up, founded by writer Troy Alexander.

And Saturday and Sunday, in a great theater space in the Village, we had twelve brave souls get grilled on their beat sheets by moi. Despite the long hours and brain bending, it was a fantastic session. The group now has their own website: http://screenwriters.meetup.com/213/about/ They’re just getting started but I expect to see big things come from these very creative screenwriters.

I also had a chance to meet with Bob McFarlane and introduce him to our class. Bob has created Save The Cat! software, and though tests continue to make sure it is the best possible screenwriting tool out there, we should be having news very soon on the launch of this exciting new venture in Cat!icity.

All this will be leading up to my appearance in October at the Screenwriting Expo here in Los Angeles, where I will be giving two talks. Please check your Expo schedules for times and dates.

For now, thanks to all who helped make my trip to New York so productive. I hope I will be invited back again very soon!