Writers Boot Camp Spotlight Panel    

Shiri Appleby, Alison Becker & Liz Allen

from the hit web series "Dating Rules From My Future Self" 

Monday, May 21, 7:30-9:00pm
moderated by Jeffrey Gordon

Please join us as Jeffrey Gordon, Writers Boot Camp founder,
interviews director Liz Allen and rising stars Alison Becker and Shiri Appleby about the genesis and success of their web show "Dating Rules From My Future Self."

An empowering success story for any artist, actor, writer or filmmaker with plans to create their own material, the panel discussion will cover the origin of the concept, the internet production strategy and metrics of in the digital world, as well as the show's recent pickup for television. 

This event is free to Writers Boot Camp Professional Members and Basic Training alumni.  Space is limited, so all RSVP's will be confirmed by the office.  If you RSVP and cannot attend, please notify us in advance to make room for others.  Tickets for the public and creative community can be reserved below.  ALUMNI RSVP


About Our Speakers 


Writers Boot Camp alum and USC grad Liz Allen was awarded the Jack Nicholson Directing Scholarship as the most promising director of her class. Her Clio-nominated comedy EYEBALL EDDIE lead to her feature debut, AQUAMARINE.  Recently she released the Fox film RAMONA AND BEEZUS starring, Selena Gomez and Ginnifer Goodwin (among others), an adaptation of her favorite childhood book series by

Liz Allen
Director Liz Allen

Beverly Cleary.   


She was the recipient of the WIN award for Best Female Director of the Year which has lead her to recently be attached to IS HE THE ONE, a Fox 2000 production, as well as the Elinor Lipman novel, The Pursuit of Alice Thrift for Universal and the indie film MY MOTHER'S BOYFRIEND.


Liz has written numerous screenplays, including an adaptation of Jerry Spinelli's children's book, STARGIRL (Paramount), original musical PROM DRESS (Disney) and DRIVING WHILE INFATUATED (Fox Searchlight). She has since directed television episodes of Gossip Girl, 90210, Life Unexpected, Franklin & Bash, and Vampire DiariesShe now adds to her credits the distinction of directing every episode of Dating Rules From My Future Self--one of the most successful online scripted series in history.  


Shiri Appleby (pictured below), producer and star of Dating Rules, has been acting since the age of four, landing jobs in several commercials for Cheerios, M&Ms, and Taco Bell. Her first television job was on the soap Santa Barbara. Next came various roles on thirtysomething, The Bronx Zoo and Doogie Howser MD 


After taking a break from acting to focus on her formal education, also at USC, Shiri garnered attention with her portrayal as a human girl in love with an alien boy on the WB hit show Roswell.   


Shiri Appleby, "Lucy" on Dating Rules  


After playing Liz Parker for three years, she appeared in such films as SWIMFAN, UNDERTOW, and CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR amongst others. She also continued to appear on television in Six Degrees and ER before her next leading lady role as Cate Cassidy in the critically acclaimed CW family drama, Life Unexpected.  She will continue her work on the Dating Rules for its second season run, this time directing for the very first time. This summer Shiri will join the cast of TNT's law comedy, Franklin and Bash, in a recurring role.  

Alison Becker
(pictured below, right) is a comedian, actor and writer Alison plays Shauna Malwae-Tweep on NBC's Parks and Recreation and Kelcy in the above mentioned Dating Rules From My Future Self.  Recently she played Sarah Morton on ESPN's Emmy nominated webseries, Mayne Street with Kenny Mayne.  


Alison Becker, "Kelcy" on Dating Rules

A performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade for years, she has recently created a new webseries titled You Snooze, You Lose which will be released soon. Alison hosted literally hundreds of television shows from The Daily Habit on Fuel TV to shows on MTV, truTV, National Lampoon and on VH1 where she VJ-ed her own weekly show.  Alison has also appeared on Californication, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, FX's The League, IFC's fan favorite Z Rock, several Law & Orders, Aaron Sorkin's new HBO show The Newsroom, and in the feature film THE OTHER GUYS


Writers Boot Camp provides these industry events as a free privilege to our Professional Members.  This particular event is also free to Basic Training alumni.  Alumni please note that space is limited and RSVP's will be confirmed prior to the event - please contact the office if you cannot attend.

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Buy Tickets This event is open to the public and the creative community for $20.

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Directions to Writers Boot Camp
Bergamot Station Arts Colony
2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica CA 90404:


From Cloverfield Blvd go east on Michigan
(Michigan Ave is just north of the 10 freeway, running parallel)
Go to the end of the street to the Bergamot Station entrance.
Park inside the lot and walk to the SW corner, Bldg i.