About

More than you could possibly want to know about S.L. Stebel…

  • B.A., University of Southern California, 1949.
  • Finalist, MADEMOISELLE Magazine National College Fiction Competition.
  • Founding Editor, COPY Magazine, 1950. Illustrated front page review of premiere issue, New York TIMES Sunday BOOK REVIEW.
  • Editor, Alumni Review, U.S.C., 1952-54. Re-conceived as “news” magazine; wrote everything in its pages except Class Notes.
  • Featured faculty members on covers. Serialized biography of Chancellor Rufus von Kleinsmid.
  • Book Reviewer, Los Angeles DAILY NEWS, 1954 -58
  • Published short stories in STORY, BOTTEGHE OSCURE, THE REALIST, CONNOISSEUR’S WORLD, NEW STORY. Articles in CALENDAR, L.A. TIMES, Op-Ed, L.A. HERALD-EXAMINER.
  • Columnist, the Avant Garde, Los Angeles TIMES Sunday Book Review.
  • Founding partner, Weverka & Associates, Inc., Beverly Hills advertising agency, 1958-1968. Co-Creative Director for clients Sony-Superscope, Maserati, British Motor Cars, Show Magazine, Gough Industries, Paddock Pools, Huddle Restaurants, Gay Nineties and Roaring Twenties restaurants on Restaurant Row.
  • Crime & Suspense Critic, Los Angeles TIMES SUNDAY BOOK REVIEW, column: THRILL SEEKING.
  • Crime & Suspense Critic, Los Angeles HERALD EXAMINER, column: EYE SPY.
  • Novelist, 1967-1989 – THE WIDOW MASTER (with Robert Weverka), THE COLLABORATOR, THE VOROVICH AFFAIR, SPRING THAW, THE BOSS’S WIFE.
  • Biography, THE SHOE LEATHER TREATMENT, best-selling story of an escaped mental patient from a state hospital for the criminally insane.
  • 1970 – toured U.S. for WEST Magazine supplement of Los Angeles TIMES, 12 chapters of MAIN STREET 1971 (THE VANISHING AMERICANS) serialized.
  • Scripted one-man show, FATHERS AGAINST SONS, for Henry Fonda, national tour.
  • Workshop production of play, THE WAY OUT, at Actor’s Studio.
  • 1975-76, Executive Script Consultant, South Australian Film Corporation. Credits include PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK and STORM BOY, winners BEST PICTURE successive years at Australian Academy Awards. Co-wrote educational film DEMOCRACY, distributed nationally in Australian schools, wrote TV pilots RIVER BOY for Hanna Barbara. Conducted workshops on screen writing ; national lecture tour with poets and writers for literacy foundation. Honored by Australian Writers Guild for making “substantial contribution” to Australian Film Industry.
  • 1976 to present, wrote network television pilots for Henry Fonda and Fred Astaire. Co-wrote pilot GUEST IN THE HOUSE for David Wolper. Wrote for COLUMBO, FAMILY, STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO. Original screenplays: TRIP TO INDIA, for director Herbert Ross at MGM; DREAMS OF MARIANNE, for director Noel Black at Cinema Systems. Co-wrote (with Robert Weverka) REVOLUTION OF ANTONIO DE LEON, a TV movie of the week for UNIVERSAL. Wrote TV pilot ONE STEP BEYOND, for Universal.
  • Adapted (with director Charles Rome Smith) two Ray Bradbury short stories into a play, NEXT IN LINE, premiered at Ivar Theater, Hollywood. 2004 Staged at Theater West, Los Angeles.
  • Taught for Open Door Committee, Writers Guild of America, West.
  • Member, member Publications Committee which created FADE IN, Writers Guild Magazine.
  • 1990 to present, taught Masters Class in Screen writing for AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE; weekend writing seminars for local colleges and universities.
  • 1973 to present: charter workshop leader, Advanced Dramatic Fiction, Santa Barbara Writers Conference.
  • 2003 to present, Visiting Lecturer, ESALEN INSTITUTE, Big Sur, CA.
  • 1996 Published DOUBLE YOUR CREATIVE POWER!, How To Make Your Subconscious A Partner In The Writing Process, now in Fifth printing, used as course material at U.S.C., NYU, Princeton, and College of New Jersey.
  • Former Lecturer in MPW program at University of Southern California.
  • Member, WGAW
  • Who’s Who In Entertainment.
  • International Who’s Who of Authors and Writers

From the “What do you really think of me?” file, a spoof of Sid’s rep as writing guru by one devoted guree: click here

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