Screenwriting

Upcoming classes: Screenwriting


Xandra Castleton

 

 

 

TUESDAYS, APRIL 30 —JUNE 4  |  If you think you might have a great idea for a movie and want to know the next steps or are underway with a script and need feedback, this course is designed for you. We’ll spend six evenings learning about how screenplay structure works and how to turn a good idea into a solid premise.  Each week we’ll focus on one aspect of the conventions of screenwriting structure. Starting with three act structure we’ll cover turning points, internal and external stakes, character arcs, genre conventions and multiple storylines. Weekly readings and writing assignments combined with in-depth feedback in small workshops will help each writer finish the course with three key well-tested and revised elements: an outline, a logline and a draft of a pivotal scene.

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Xandra Castleton

 

 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 2  |  You’ve got your screenplay premise, maybe a script in hand, and you need to get the money people on board. Maybe you’re headed to a screenwriting conference and you want to be ready if you run into someone who can make the right introductions. Or, you’ve got a script in progress and you really need some feedback on the title and basic premise. Whatever the case, learning how to give a succinct and persuasive presentation is an essential skill. Come out to practice and get valuable feedback at this pitch session, which will be followed by a free mixer.

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Xandra Castleton

 

 

 

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”?

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