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Jen Grisanti is a Story Consultant, Independent Producer, Writing Instructor for NBC’s Writers on the Verge, Blogger for The Huffington Post and author of the books, Story Line: Finding the Gold In Your Life Story, TV Writing Tool Kit and Change Your Story, Change Your Life: A Path To Your Success.

Grisanti started her career as an assistant to Aaron Spelling 15 years ago. Aaron was her mentor for the next 12 years as she climbed the ranks and eventually ran Current Programs at Spelling Television Inc., covering all of Spelling’s shows including Beverly Hills, 90210, Melrose Place and Charmed. In 2004, Jen was promoted to Vice President of Current Programs at CBS/Paramount where she covered shows including Medium, Numbers, NCIS, 4400 and Girlfriends. While at CBS/Paramount, she served as a mentor in the CBS Diversity Program, which seeks out and nurtures young writers and directors.

In January 2008, Jen launched Jen Grisanti Consultancy Inc., a consulting firm dedicated to helping talented writers break into the industry. By drawing on her 12-year experience as a studio executive where she gave daily notes to executive producers/showrunners, Jen personally guides writers to shape their material, hone their pitches, and focus their careers. Since launching, Jen has worked with over 250 writers working in television, features and novels. Twelve of her clients have staffed as writers on television shows and two have sold pilots that went to series. In 2008, Jen was hired to be the Writing Instructor for NBC’s Writers on the Verge. Jen is also a blogger for The Huffington Post. Jen wrote Story Line: Finding The Gold In Your Life Story in 2010. It is being published by Michael Wiese Productions and will be out in March of 2011.

Her brand is Developing From Within. Her company hosts Storywise Seminars and Teleseminars as a way to get this message out. She has CDs and workbooks for “How To Write a TV Spec Script” and “How To Write A TV Pilot Script” and a Storywise Workbook: Gearing Up for Staffing and Development Season. She also has a Storywise Podcast Series available on iTunes and her website, www.jengrisanticonsultancy.com. The podcast digs deep into the story behind some of our top storytellers as a way to inform, motivate and inspire listeners to go after their dreams. Final Draft/Script Magazine are now promoting the podcast series as well. Jen has taught classes for the Scriptwriters Network , Screenwriting Expo, the Northwestern Screenwriter’s Guild in Seattle and the Alameda’s Writer’s Group. She has served on panels for the WGA and The Writer’s Bootcamp. In 2009, her company hosted a Writing Retreat in Hawaii at the Turtle Bay Resort.

Jen meets writers who are interested in her services for a free initial half hour consult that can be done in person or on the phone. She then specially designs between 2-5 proposals to fit the client’s needs and help them attain their goals.

You can read more about Jen and the products offered by her company on her Author's Page for The Writers Store.

Entries by Jen Grisanti

Life-Changing Story Tools

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 5:39 PM

Are you interested in changing the story of your life? Is your life reflecting the story that you want it to reflect? You've heard of the phrase "Art imitates life." Now, I want you to think about "Life imitates art." Understanding these three story tools will help you to change...

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Life After Loss Resonates in Film

(2) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 11:30 AM

When story begins with loss or reflects on life after loss, you understand the emotional fuel that is driving the pursuit. Loss is something that is universal, and we can all connect with it on a deeper level. Whether it's the loss of a loved one, the loss of a...

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The Power of the Emotional Fuel Behind the Message

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 9:45 AM

When we feel the message in your story, there is an imprint that the storyteller leaves with the receiver. We experience what you wanted to say and we connect our own history and emotions to it and walk away with a stronger sense of fulfillment of what the journey was...

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Philomena, A Story Structured to Perfection

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 2:30 PM

I am a story/career consultant. I analyze story for a living. It is very rare that I come across one that is perfectly structured. I feel that the last film that fell into this realm for me was The King's Speech. I am always on a quest to understand how...

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The Evolution of an Idea Into a Script

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 4:07 PM

How do you develop an idea into a script? What is the evolution process of an idea? After 20 years of working with writers at every level in the story development capacity, I've come up with what I've surmised is how the creative process goes during the writing process of...

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Mid-life Dating and Turning Points: Will We Be Able to Fill the Void?

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 10:55 AM

In the movie Enough Said with James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the trigger moment is the departure of Eva's (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) daughter who will be leaving for college. The dilemma that stems from this for Eva is pondering the question of if she will be able to fill the void...

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Being Story

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 2:15 PM

I want to talk to you not about writing stories, but about being story. Being story means taking action to shape the story of your own life. It means making that story the foundation that your work comes from. It means choosing to live the life you want.

The inventor...

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How Do We Successfully Connect?

(4) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 3:30 PM

The key to your success is connection. Well, the question that comes to mind is how do you connect? I mean, really connect? The key to connecting is in the telling of your personal story of triumph as well as loss. Many people focus on the triumph because they fear...

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Israel: Revealing Truth

(14) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 11:43 AM

Are we that different when it comes to our emotional truth? This is a question that I ponder when I travel to other countries to teach story.

In Israel, the truth that I discovered went much deeper than the perception. I went to Israel to teach the TV Writers Summit....

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How Do You Create a Short or Feature That Is Worthy of Being a Finalist in a Film Festival?

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 3:26 PM

Creating a short or a feature that has award-winning potential at any film festival is no easy task. When writing and/or directing a short, the key is finding a thought-provoking life moment that will intrigue and connect your audience in a short amount of time. You have to enter the...

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Does Professional Trump Personal When It Comes to 'Having It All'?

(2) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 8:18 AM

This is a question that I've contemplated on the road to creating the life I want to capture through my story. I remember many years ago seeing, "The Kid Stays in the Picture," the documentary about the life of movie producer Robert Evans. I was enraptured by it. At that...

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Taking Story Global

(4) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 3:11 PM

Recently, I returned from teaching for the TV Writers Summit in London and the TV Writers Studio in Australia. These trips symbolized the beginning of a dream that I set for myself five years ago. I wanted to teach story on a global level as a way to stop isolation...

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Turning a Personal Fall Into a Professional Win

(4) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 5:35 PM

Your personal fall can be what drives you toward your professional win. As a story consultant, I like fiction that connects the central character's personal wound to the professional outcome; their personal dilemma is tied to their professional dilemma, so that accomplishing the external goal signifies a win on both...

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Befriending Your Dilemmas and Setting Goals for the New Year

(2) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 4:48 PM

The beginning of a new year fuels all of us. We are left feeling good after the holidays. We see January 1st as the beginning of a new chapter. Many of us set resolutions while others no longer believe in resolutions. Some of you reading this now might be thinking...

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Positioning Your Story for Success: The Significance of Creating Empathy

(6) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 11:57 AM

A story begins when the world of a central character is thrown out of alignment. This triggers a call to action. The central character takes action in pursuit of the goal that will bring his/her world back into alignment. Without a story, we the audience could not connect to the...

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Tools to Make Your Audience Connect With Your Story

(8) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 10:37 AM

As a story/career consultant I am constantly designing frameworks and tools to help people understand how to tell their story in a way that results in their audience feeling their message.

There is no better feeling than when a story resonates in a way that strikes an emotional chord...

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To Realize Your Dream or Not

(5) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 7:40 PM

How do you go from having an unrealized dream to realizing your dream? I explore this concept in my upcoming book, Change Your Story, Change Your Life: A Path to Your Success.

Both in fiction and in life, you have a choice: you can be an active hero in your...

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Can Your Message Change the World and Lead You to Tremendous Wealth?

(18) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 5:01 PM

When it comes to your business or your life what is your message? This was the question in focus at the recent Experts Academy seminar. Eight hundred people gathered at the Marriott Hotel in Santa Clara to learn from one of the top business trainers in the world who teaches...

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Shared Passion: Realizing the Dream

(6) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 6:21 PM

Sharing passion is the gift that connects us all. It is the glue that makes a dream a reality. When we connect with others who are where we want to be, we start to believe the dream is possible. All we need to do is define our dream and then...

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Evolving Into Something More

(3) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 11:43 AM

The idea that we are all evolving or that we all have the ability to evolve to a higher consciousness is a hot topic in the media. Authors are taking us on a journey into a deeper awareness of ourselves. Lecturers are covering concepts like how to find joy and...

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