I omitted his name to save him embarrassment. I was being too kind, because the guy is still hoodwinking conferences and the paying attendees with the same scam.
Reply Lee, Thanks for this! This guy out of the blue gave me a friend request on facebook several years ago. Since it came with a recommend of another friend, I allowed it.
He very quickly became an embarrassment. Full of gushing praise and cloying sycophancy about my work or anything I posted. I tried my best to ignore him and even discourage him.
Finally after I called him out on some conservative political views I disagreed with and continued to ignore his unctuous post and pms, he disappeared.
I actually thought I had de-friended him since the charade of niceness was over. But I just checked and still found him among my facebook friends. Oddly enough, I always found his credits fishy…but never thought to check them out. Dan Williams Reply Richard, I see your points.
And they are well taken. He did a terrible thing, with all his lying and stealing. We do wrong and it kicks the stuffing out of us, eventually. I want to believe he can make amends.
I was hired because the head of the department knew me, knew my writing, knew I was empathetic and working to self-produce my plays and transition out of TV newsmagazine production and into writing myself. I taught for several years — undergrads.
I was always very clear about where I was, and where the theories and ideas about storytelling were coming from. I would walk through great writing, credit the writing, I would point them to articles and first-hand articles in Creative Screenwriting or Written By when needed.
Several of the students I taught in my early classes are professional writers now. In fact, some of the really successful ones inspired me to work that much harder to get my own career off the ground. It was an amazing thing, and informed my experience down the road, to see just how rare good storytelling skill was: You have to take notes from everybody.
You can be an enthusiast, or a great communicator. Dan Williams Reply Denis, you are one of the troopers, the believers, the guys who follow their dreams. And I appreciate honesty. And I applaud Lee for recognizing Strauss for what he is.
But none of us yet knows why Strauss acted as he did. He is entitled to defend himself. Therefore, I refuse to call him any name. I refuse to take any delight in humiliating him with name-calling, I refuse to throw mud on him.Lee Goldberg reveals that screenwriting seminar leader James Strauss is touting himself with fake TV credits on shows like "House" and "Deadwood.".
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