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Storytelling for The Longest Winter

Starts February 8

5 sessions: Mondays, February 8-March 8, 6:30-8:30pm

The essential element of all great art is a good story. In this online course award-winning storyteller Pam Colby covers the essentials of good storytelling, including character development, action, plot, climax, and how and where to end the story. Participants will develop and perform a 5- to 6-minute story based on a true experience or complete fiction. Your instructor and classmates will critique one another’s stories and share feedback during development. Filmmakers and screenwriters alike can sharpen basic storytelling skills necessary for future projects. The course will culminate in a Facebook Live performance for friends and family the final session. This is a great and fun opportunity to advance your talents and connect with other storytellers during our pandemic winter. No prior storytelling experience required.

NOTE: Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom cloud-based video conferencing service. For optimal performance it is highly recommended that you install Zoom on your computer rather than running it from a web browser. A few days prior to the class start date we’ll e-mail you the link and ID code needed to access this class on Zoom. Your instructor will be provided a student roster to take attendance. Click here for a tutorial on how to join a Zoom meeting and much more.

Tuition: $105 / $80 low-income

Pam Colby has worked in television and film for over thirty years, recently producing and directing a feature-length documentary, Not in My Lifetime, which explores the impact of marriage equality legislation on artists, activists, and politicians. Her credits include narrative and documentary work: Writer/Director, Freedom’s Price (1984); Writer/Director, Speak Truth to Power, A Portrait of Polly Mann (1994); Producer, The Unapologetic Life of Margaret Randall (2002); Producer, Wellstone! (2004); Producer/Director, Fertile Ashes (2011); Producer/Director, Secrets for Mom (2013); Editor/Assistant Director, Angels Alleluia (2014); Director, Carl Eller: The Hunt for Self-Expression (2017). Pam’s love of storytelling led her to the Moth Storytelling Competition where her GrandSLAM-winning story was featured on National Public Radio. Pam works as a freelance producer and director, and has taught both narrative and documentary classes at FilmNorth since 2013.

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full. Registrations are accepted after registration deadlines if space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 7 days prior to the start date of a class, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund within 2 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class scheduled in the same calendar year.
  • For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. As of 5:00 pm the day prior to a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given (Friday at 5:00 pm for Sunday classes). 
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.




February 8 @ 6:30 pm
March 8 @ 8:30 pm
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5 sessions: Mondays, February 8-March 8, 6:30-8:30pm