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ISA's Panel Series: From First Draft to Final Draft with Jess Hinds


Join us for a special ISA's Third Thursdays - New York as we present the next in our Panel Series: From First Draft to Final Draft - a dissection of the process of screenwriting with Jess Hinds and screenwriter Kristina Woo. Creator of Meditative Writing, Jessica Hinds will moderate the discussion and audience Q&A. This event is free and open to all. You must register to be admitted. Sponsored by Nickelodeon and Your Script Produced.

Please join us before the panel for a refreshing, energizing elixir. Alchemy Bar’s menu is based on the tradition of Herbal Alchemy: the process of connecting planetary energetics to person and plant. Elixirs are crafted with slow-extraction for the utmost intention and benefit. Affects ranging from immunity, to energy, to relaxation or mood support are offered up in each beautifully presented elixir. For this event, we recommend "Spark" - Keep the creative spark alive with this energizing, intellectually stimulating and rejuvenating elixir.

WHEN: November 21st, 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Assemblage NoMad - 114 E 25th Street, 12 Floor, New York - near the 23rd Street Subway (#6 line)

Kristina Woo

Kristina Woo is a Chinese-American television writer originally from Montgomery Township, NJ. She is currently a Staff Writer on SIMPLY HALSTON, a new Netflix limited series executive produced by Ryan Murphy and starring Ewan McGregor. Prior to being staffed, she was the Writers Assistant on THE AFFAIR (Showtime) from Seasons 3 through the final season 5, in which she co-wrote episode 508 with showrunner Sarah Treem. She was also the Script Coordinator on Season 1 of SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS (Facebook Watch).

Since transitioning from working in independent film to television writing, Kristina has been a finalist in the 2017 Humanitas New Voices prize and the 2018 Sundance Episodic Lab with her original pilots “I’d Rather Die Alone” and “Bad Asian”, respectively. “Bad Asian” was also just featured in Tisch Other, a showcase of diverse, up and coming TV writers from the NYU alumni community in Los Angeles.

Kristina graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she wrote, directed and produced short films that have premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, the Menil Collection in Houston, TX, and on PBS and mtvU. When she’s not writing, Kristina loves to cook, play tennis, and help others improve their online dating profiles. She may or may not maintain a customizable Googlemap of all the restaurants she has and would like to patronize. 


Jessica Hinds
Jessica S. Hinds is an award-winning writer, teacher, and creator of Meditative Writing ©. She wrote the award winning film “Stranger at Home”, and best screenplay winner "The Mending Wall" (Stonefair International Film Festival, Oregon Film Awards Gold Winner). As a teacher Jessica has mentored thousands of writers including Sundance Award-winning filmmakers, Emmy Award-winning writers & producers, Tony Award winners, best-selling authors, professional musicians, TV showrunners, reality TV stars, published poets, and emerging artists in the fields of screenwriting, playwriting, novel writing, TV writing, memoir writing, poetry, journalism, and music.

Jessica is the co-host of the radio show Truth To Power. She has been a guest teacher & speaker at The Breakk with Karen Kirkland, The NYC Women Filmmakers, Stage32 house @ Sundance, The New School for Drama, The Writers Digest Conference, ITV Fest, The English Writers of Buenos Aires Collective, The Curious About Screenwriting Podcast, and a dozen other Schools, Festivals, and Conferences around the world from California to Indonesia. Upcoming speaking engagements include The Napa Valley Film Festival and the Mystic Film Fesstival.

Jessica is currently finishing her book The Meditative Writing Companion: 52 Principles, Tools, Metaphors & Meditations for Avoiding Unnecessary Suffering During the Inevitable Pain of Writing.

Event Sponsors:

The Nickelodeon Writing Program offers emerging television writers from around the world a paid opportunity to develop their craft and launch their careers. While in the Program, writers hone their skills, build a professional network and gain real-world experience in writers’ rooms for our critically acclaimed live-action and animated shows. Visit for all the details and be sure to follow them on Facebook (@nickwriting) and Twitter (@nickwriting) for updates, tips, and giveaways!

Meditative Writing Created by Award-Winning writer and Yogi Jessica Hinds, Meditative Writing© utilizes neuroscience, cognitive behavioral training, neuro-linguistic programming, behavioral economics, psychology, evolutionary biology, and meditation to develop the most mindful and prolific writers capable of producing the most universal and novel stories.
Every workshop is built around the specific needs of those in the class - be it building stronger writing habits, discovering complex structure, eliminating procrastination, dismantling writers block, overcoming self doubt, unlocking the root of your blocks, inspiration on-demand, universal storytelling, enhancing creativity, eliminating distractions, authentic dialogue, character psychology, or any other area you need guidance with.
Meditative Writing has helped thousands of writers including Sundance Award-Winning Filmmakers, TV stars, Emmy Award-Winning Writers & Producers, Tony Award Winners, Best Selling Authors, Professional Musicians & Record Label Owners, TV Showrunners, Reality TV Personalities, Published Poets, and Emerging Artists in the fields of screenwriting, playwriting, novel writing, TV writing, memoir, poetry, journalism, and music. Discover how your deepest wounds can be transformed into your greatest strengths. 

Your Script Produced is a Worldwide Screenwriting Competition sponsored by Doval Bacall Films. The sponsor will fully fund, develop, package and produce the Grand Prize-winning film script for $250,000.00 and will purchase the grand prize-winning screenplay for $10,000.00.  The Winner will be included in the process of making the movie as a consultant and receive writing credit. 



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