October 17 @ 4:00 pm EDT - 5:00 pm EDT
Virtual Q&A with Ken Kwapis
Join The Muse Writers Center for a virtual Q&A with prolific film & TV director Ken Kwapis (“The Office,” “He’s Just Not That Into You,” “A Walk In The Woods,” “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Freaks and Geeks”), moderated by Muse screenwriting instructor Diane Fine!
We will focus on how a writer can make their way in the film or television business, how to pitch a series, how to give and receive feedback, how to work with a director, etc. Ken will also discuss his recent book, But What I Really Want To Do Is Direct: Lessons From a Life Behind The Camera, published by St. Martin’s Press in 2020.
Ken Kwapis is an award-winning director of motion pictures and television. He has directed eleven feature films, among them A Walk In The Woods, based on Bill Bryson’s acclaimed comedic memoir; He’s Just Not That Into You, inspired by the New York Times bestselling advice book; and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, adapted from the beloved young adult novel. Other films include the rescue adventure Big Miracle, and the romantic comedies License to Wed and He Said, She Said (co-directed with Marisa Silver). His feature debut was Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird, starring Jim Henson’s Muppets.
Kwapis helped launch nine television series, including the groundbreaking HBO comedy The Larry Sanders Show, Fox’s Emmy Award-winning The Bernie Mac Show, and NBC’s The Office. Kwapis directed the pilot of The Office and its series finale, along with many memorable episodes — “Casino Night,” “Booze Cruise,” “Diversity Day,” to name a few. He earned an Emmy nomination for directing the episode “Gay Witch Hunt.”
He also earned an Emmy nomination for his work as a producer-director of Fox’s Malcolm In the Middle. Other series Kwapis helped launch include NBC’s Outsourced, Showtime’s Happyish, and Netflix’s #blackAF. He directed numerous episodes of shows such as Freaks and Geeks, One Mississippi, and Santa Clarita Diet.
Kwapis is the author of the memoir But What I Really Want To Do is Direct, published by St. Martin’s Press.
Please note: This class or event will be held online (using Zoom or a similar live platform). To participate, students or attendees should have a stable internet connection. Class participants: you should have a computer or device with a webcam and microphone; and your Zoom link will be automatically sent to you after you register. Check your spam box if you don't see it.