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October 2020

Elements of Screenwriting

October 5 @ 7:00 pm - November 23 @ 9:00 pm

8 sessions: Mondays, October 5-November 23, 7-9pm The course objective is to provide the beginning screenwriter with the tools and information necessary to get started on a first-draft screenplay, the pages of which will be workshopped in class, beginning with the third session. This course is built on master-teacher Frank Daniel’s system of eight story sequences, spending each weekly session on deep analysis of a scene sequence from a film that offers something useful to learn about structure and cinematic…

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Advanced Screenwriting

October 7 @ 7:00 pm - December 2 @ 9:00 pm

8 sessions: Wednesdays, October 7-December 2 (no class Nov. 25), 7-9pm It’s been said, “Scripts aren’t written... they’re rewritten.” A quality rewrite can lift a script from pretty good to verygood... maybe even great. But how to get there? You’ve rewritten your script, and now you’ve got the killer opening you envisaged when you started… but somewhere in the middle, the power and the energy of your story noticeably sag, and the Big Finish toward which you were groping your…

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November 2020

Genre Screenwriting: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror & Beyond

November 7 @ 12:00 pm - December 19 @ 2:30 pm

6 sessions: Saturdays, November 7-December 19 (no class Nov. 28), 12-2:30pm For too long, the genres of sci-fi, horror, and fantasy were dubbed “unserious” and dismissed as exploitation and B-movie fair by the film industry. However, this did not stop these creatively rich genres from tackling serious social issues and changing the world through visionary storytelling - eventually becoming dominant genres in today’s entertainment landscape. This writing workshop celebrates the vibrant and infinite creative possibilities of genre screenwriting of sci-fi, fantasy,…

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Dialogue: Elevating Your Script from Good to Great

November 14 @ 9:00 am - November 15 @ 12:00 pm

2 sessions: Saturday-Sunday, November 14-15, 9am-12pm The most clever, best-written dialogue in the world can't save a poorly structured script. But lyrical, expertly crafted, memorable dialogue can elevate a script from good to great. Fortunately for writers, a keen ear for dialogue is not just an innate thing that one is either born with or not: it's a skill set that can be learned and continually sharpened over a lifetime. Through screening and discussing carefully-chosen film clips and working our…

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