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Hone Your Voice as an Animation Writer

Want to make your scripts and samples stand out from the pile? Have strong ideas, but aren’t sure how to simplify and express them on the page? Interested in other ways to get your work seen, get published, and be read while you’re looking to land your next animation writing gig? Then come join us!

This circle will take a holistic look at the craft and process of writing, as well as examine how various forms of writing can help make scripts stronger.

Topics will include:

  • Developing a personal pipeline and system to create a body of work
  • Creating sustainable writing goals and expectations
  • Writing exercises to explore strong character POV vs. having a strong POV as a writer
  • Pitching and collaborating in a writers room environment
  • Discussing the realities of being a writer and how to prepare yourself for the long haul
  • And so much more- some topics will adjust based on needs and interest

Mentee Criteria

Exp Level:
Student (last year of study)
0-1 year
1-3 years

Meeting Times & Dates

Please note: Meeting times and dates are subject to change by your Circle Mentor

Times Per Month:  Twice Per Month

Dates: 9/11, 9/25, 10/9, 10/23, 11/6, 11/20, 12/4, 12/18

Meeting Times: 12PM (PST)

Circle Leader

Cassie Soliday

Cassie Soliday is a comedy writer and cartoonist with eight years industry experience in the animation industry. Currently, she’s a staff writer on Disney Jr’s “Puppy Dog Pals”” where she was previously a script coordinator. Prior to that, she worked as a production coordinator on Disney’s “”The 7D””, Nick Jr’s “”Fresh Beat Band of Spies””. She studied film and animation at Columbia College Chicago as well as sketch comedy and improv at the Second City and Annoyance theaters before making the big, scary, but rewarding move to California.

In her spare time, she writes humor and makes cartoons for publications like Weekly Humorist, Greener Pastures (where she’s also a co-editor), Little Old Lady Comedy, and more, as well as produces these podcasts: Ink and Paint Folk (formerly Ink and Paint Girls) – interviews with women and non-binary folks working in animation, Jammiest Bits of Jam- short story first drafts written on a dare, and the Greener Pastures podcast- interviews with comedy folks about comedy. It’s probably safe to say that she’s passionate about storytelling, comedy, and community!

Title/Expertise:  Staff Writer

Company:  Wild Canary Animation

Location:  Burbank, CA

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