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Jen Grisanti
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, 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

Reflecting On Turning 50

(6) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 5:50 PM

What does turning 50 mean in this day and age? In my generation, I love that this particular life moment and how we see it is shifting. We are embracing it instead of denying it. We have more clarity on what we want as a result of earlier life choices...

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2015 Films That Made Us Feel The Story

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 5:34 PM

What does a storyteller have to do to make us feel their story? Last year, there were so many films that made us really feel what the story was trying to say. The films that I felt the most were; The Revenant,Spotlight, Room, Steve Jobs and Inside Out.

We feel...

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Split Desire Creates Compelling Story

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 4:32 PM

Understanding the idea of split desire is a new story tool that suddenly surfaced for me in the work that I do with writers as a story/career consultant and writing instructor. With a well-written series trigger and dilemma, the pilot trigger adds a complication that creates a split desire. The...

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Why Stories Like 'The Martian' Work

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 8:52 AM

The Martian is an extraordinary feel good film that really takes you into the idea that anything is possible if you focus on a desire, take action, don't let the setbacks bring you down and always move forward and believe. It takes the idea of positivity to a whole new...

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Story: Momentum + Mindset = Achievement

(2) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 12:35 AM

One of the most important ingredients of a successful story is momentum. When you mix momentum with mindset, you root for the achievement of the goal. Many TV shows and films make the mistake of not having enough momentum and not having enough character development. Understanding the use of these...

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Story Transformation: Creating Change

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 3:51 PM

I seek to provide transformation to others and to experience it personally on a daily basis. As a story consultant, my mission is to help transform the message of the storyteller into one that resonates with their audience on a deeper level, uplifts, creates change, and to leads the storyteller...

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Your Story: Is It Time to Redirect?

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 1:05 PM

Are you going through an "in between" time in your life? Different phrases have been coined to describe times when we are in between: "in the meantime", "in transition," "between gigs," "in limbo," and the list goes on. During these periods of life, we aren't always clear on what's next....

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Do You Have What It Takes to Get Into a Writing Program?

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 1:21 PM

It is that time of year when writers from all over the country apply to the studio and network writing programs. I am the Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC and have been for the last eight years. I am also a former 12-year studio executive. I've...

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Understanding That the Wound Leads to Success in Fiction and in Life

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2015 | 7:06 PM

I am a story and career consultant for writers. Many writers face the challenge of how to elevate the emotional component of their story. If we are not connecting to your story on an emotional level, the story doesn't work. One way to elevate the emotion in your story is...

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Will Regret, Significance or Accomplishment Win at the Oscars?

(6) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 1:13 PM

What film will win the Best Picture Oscar this year? Will it be the one with the greatest production accomplishment? Will it be the one that takes you deep inside a character's subjective world-view and makes you see life from his limited perspective? Or, will it be the story that...

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Story: Is There Fiction in All Truth?

(4) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 12:36 PM

I felt inspired to write this blog about the tenuous relationship between truth and fiction because many of this year's possible Oscar contenders are biopics, (The Imitation Game, Selma, Big Eyes, and Foxcatcher to name a few). Each is enduring controversy about the degree to which historical facts may or...

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4 Actions That You Can Take to Create Change in the New Year

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 8:14 AM

Do you want to change your story in the New Year? What do you want your story to look like? What if you could learn to use the tools of story to create the life that you want? I've been obsessed with understanding and studying how people change their lives....

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'Transparent' Truth

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 9:45 AM

Is there transparency that others can see in our truth? Will our truth connect us, or will it isolate us from those around us? Does living our truth come with consequences? Everything that motivates me to work with storytellers is about getting them to understand their truth and use it...

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Causing Success: What Is Your Why?

(2) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 2:45 PM

When You Lead With Your Why, You Inspire

When I wrote my most recent book, Change Your Story, Change Your Life, I explored the concept of understanding: why you want what you want. I came into this "aha" in my work with fiction writers. I began to recognize that there...

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'All Is Lost' Equals Opportunity to Achieve

(2) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 1:32 PM

I am a story/career consultant for writers. One of the biggest story notes that I give is about understanding the significance of the "all is lost" moment. Your "all is lost" moment is an essential step on your journey and should lead to your achievement. In story and in life,...

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Creating Change Personally and Professionally at Rancho La Puerta

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 5:04 PM

Creating change and learning how to turn a negative into a positive is a practice that drives me on a personal and professional level. It led me to write my book, "Change Your Story, Change Your Life: A Path To Success." As a way to give people constant ideas about...

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Creating Moments at the Big Island Film Festival 2014

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 4:03 PM

Creating moments is what The Big Island Film Festival is all about. You can create moments in the present, while you're there sharing your passion for film with the other filmmakers, celebrities, and participants as well as enjoying the splendor of being at the Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island...

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Personal Arcs Equating to Professional Success

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 11:57 AM

Watching what works and why it works in TV is something that is a part of what I do for a living as a Story/Career Consultant for writers. I am always looking for ways to teach story that reflect the brilliant work that is currently being done on TV. I've...

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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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