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Tue, Dec 26



Tuesday Night Write: Stephen Engel in Conversation with TNM Founder Shari Foos

Unwind and explore your creativity with stress-free, judgement-free, short-form writing based on a pictures and prompts. "Tuesday Night Write" is completely *free* and open to 18+. Join a growing community – all from the comfort of home. Online, each week, from 4 - 5 pm PT/ 7 - 8 pm ET.

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Tuesday Night Write: Stephen Engel in Conversation with TNM Founder Shari Foos
Tuesday Night Write: Stephen Engel in Conversation with TNM Founder Shari Foos

Time & Location

Dec 26, 2023, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST


About the Event

About Stephen Engel:

Stephen Engel is a veteran television writer, director, producer and creator, having worked on such hit series as "Dream On", "Mad About You", "Just Shoot Me" and "The Big Bang Theory." A graduate of Tufts University, Engel continued his education at NYU and earned a law degree. He then joined a New York firm, and spent his weekends writing screenplays, leading to assignments for producers including Joel Silver and Steven Spielberg. Ultimately, Stephen quit his law job and -- in the words of his parents -- "flushed thousands of dollars of education down the toilet" to write full-time for television and movies. Engel then moved to Los Angeles to write for the award-winning HBO comedy "Dream On." He spent four years on the series, serving as the showrunner the last two years. Engel went on to create and executive produce CBS's "Work With Me", starring Nancy Travis and Kevin Pollak; NBC's "Inside Schwartz", starring Breckin Meyer; and ABC's "The Big House", starring Kevin Hart. He also teaches TV writing at UCLA School of Theater, Film & Television.

Those who join in TNM online sessions should familiarize themselves with our participation disclaimer and agreement at

How It Works (1-hour Sessions):


  • A TNM facilitator sets up the session, including the TNM Core Concept of the week, a photo and a prompt.

WRITING: 21 Minutes

  • Along with the photo you'll get the first prompt (7 minutes to write).
  • Next, you'll get a second prompt to weave into your piece (7 minutes to write).
  • Then it is time to edit into a maximum of 1 page or 500 words (7 minutes to write).


  • After the writing, you are randomly assigned to small breakout groups with 3-4 other participants.
  • Everyone takes turns reading their piece without stopping for conversation or feedback. Simple acknowledgements such as "thank you for sharing" are welcome. While each person shares, focus on witnessing without judgement.
  • After everyone has shared, feel free to discuss your process, the concept and prompt, or share about something else that's going on with you that may be relevant to the TNM experience. Speak for yourself only and refrain from giving advice or asking probing questions.
  • NOTE: If someone in your group shares something deeply personal and may be in distress, please ask them if they are okay in this moment and don't hesitate to send a direct message to the TNM facilitator.


  • In the final minutes, the group comes together to share their thoughts about their experience, answer questions, go deeper and have fun!

Salon Guidelines:


Remain aware and conscientious of your choice of words and tone. Please do not ask personal questions or give advice. Hate speech or hurtful behavior, regardless of the context will not be tolerated and will lead to immediate removal from the session.


Confidentiality is essential. What is said in the group must stay here. We do not record these session and will not tolerate any recording, transcribing, repeating others' stories or otherwise infringing on the rights and privacy of others.


To ensure that everyone feels comfortable sharing their stories and their feelings, we require everyone to have their cameras on during sessions, except while writing. If you do not comply you will be removed from the session.


When listening to others' stories, put yourself aside so you can hear others from their perspective, without your own assumptions getting in the way. Your job is only to witness each other with appreciation.

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