Writing in Pictures: Screenwriting Workshop

SATURDAY, JUNE 8  |  Writers of all levels interested in screenwriting begin with the same questions (and some misconceptions) about how and why writing a screenplay is different from other forms of writing. What is the life cycle of a screenplay? What is different about writing with collaborators (such as directors and actors) in mind? What is the relationship of the screenwriter to the audience? What does it mean to write in the immediate present? Why do some ideas lend themselves well to the screenplay form and others not so well? What, in practical terms, does it mean to “write in pictures”? In this seminar and mini-workshop, we’ll tackle these questions and more through a mixture of lecture, examples, and opportunities for writing exercises.

Topics will include:

  • The unique challenges of screenwriting

  • The purpose of the screenplay format

  • The stages of screenwriting: idea, logline, treatment, screenplay

  • How to generate ideas and recognize promising ones

  • Learning screenplay structure without being limited by it

  • Creating unforgettable characters

  • Writing crisp dialogue

  • Writing cinematically

  • A mini-pitch session

This class is for writers of all levels and genres new to screenwriting. All students will receive an online packet with suggested screenplays, software recommendations, and links to useful resources, groups, and conferences.

Number of sessions: 1

Time: 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Date: Saturday, June 8

Course fee: $150