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Writers' Circle Booked & On My Desk...

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I don't know about you, but there are moments when being a writer is like playing that game at the fair where one whacks at some animal coming up out of holes, here and then there, and then there.... First world problem. Anyway, I've dove-tailed off 'Tom Meuley' (the fiction love prose poem to Toronto and Canada [read: literary novel]) to brush up 'Alice Mitchell', a screenplay I researched and wrote years ago. But it's such a relevant story, that I am bound and determined to find a producer to take it on.

Logline: 1892 Memphis, two young white women make a pact to kill each other if they can't marry. Their families separate them, one girl cuts the other's throat on the levee in broad daylight downtown and the subsequent trial not only serves as a smokescreen for the infamous Curve lynchings, but also brings the sexuality to North America.

In addition to TM, there are two other screenplays (and a completed mystery suspense novel) that have to move on up to the East Side. Readers of certain epoch will recognize that refrain.

I just got back from NYC where I pitched 'The Drifts Live'—a performance of excerpts from the novel—to producers there. It was a speed date sort of set up. VERY intense. I learned a lot. The organizers advised that if one producer asked for more information we were sitting pretty. Three asked for more information about 'The Drifts Live'. We'll see. A local TO producer I met with advised that no TO company would take it on. We'll see about that, too. The story may be set in Arkansas but the themes are greater.

Lots more to say. My classes at UT SCS (screenwriting & novel-writing) are packed and the fall session of the Writers' Circle is full, too. Get in on the intensive SCS has set up for the new year. Very cool.

If you are interested in being a part of the Writers' Circle let me know at the website.

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Thom Vernon

Thom Vernon has worked in film, television and theatre since 1989. He has been the Actors’ Gang Youth Education Program director and has worked as an arts educator at the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People. The Drifts (Coach House Books) is his first novel.

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