6-Week Screenwriting Workshop with Xandra Castleton (9/18 – 10/23)

Xandra Castleton

Instructor: Xandra Castleton
Contact: xandra@sfgrotto.org
Number of sessions: 6
Meeting Times: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm,

Dates: September 18 – October 23

Course fee: $375 $100 deposit required to reserve space. Class size is limited.

Contact the instructor to register. All deposits are non-refundable.

Description: This course provides clear guidance on the fundamentals of successful screenwriting within an open and encouraging workshop format, and is designed to accommodate all levels. Weekly writing exercises, readings, and script analysis will demystify the mechanics while guiding each writer toward the most compelling aspects of their screenplay idea or work in progress. The goal of the course is to ensure that writers understand how to use the rules of screenwriting structure, character development, scene writing, etc, and are able to apply them to their particular original vision for their screenplay without losing that sense of originality and emotional truth that rules sometimes inhibit. We will make the rules work for us, even if we bend them a bit.

There will be weekly exercises and viewing and reading assignments, some of them optional, so that each writer can focus their available time and energy on the work of writing. Readings addressing theme, premise, character, structure and the bases of satisfying dramatic action will be drawn from a variety of screenwriting text books, including “Alternative Screenwriting,” “The Art of Dramatic Writing,” “Making a Good Script Great,” and “Story:Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting,” and will include interviews with noted screenwriters. Students will complete the course with a working outline of 1-4 pages and 3-10 pages of their screenplay.

Instructor Bio: Xandra Maria Castleton is a screenwriter, producer and story consultant whose scripts have served as the basis for award-winning documentary, television and film projects. Her films have screened at the Sundance, Tribeca, AFI and Rotterdam film festivals, among others. Her feature film, Full Grown Men, was the winner of the 2007 Sundance Channel Audience Award and was released nationally in 2008 by Emerging Pictures. She won an Emmy Award as the Series Producer of Independent View for her profile of John Waters. Xandra has an MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University and is represented as a screenwriter by the Gersh Agency.