Upcoming classes: Screenwriting
SATURDAY, JANUARY 20 | Writers of all levels interested in screenwriting often 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 lifecycle 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”?→ READ MORE
THURSDAYS, FEBRUARY 8 —MARCH 29 | This course provides guidance on the fundamentals of successful screenwriting within an open and encouraging workshop format, and is designed to accommodate all levels. We will work with a combination of fundamentals and script analysis to support students in launching an original feature-length screenplay.
Screenwriting doesn’t work when approached as a paint-by-numbers craft, yet because it is more technical than other forms of fiction writing there is a tendency to obsess over screenwriting rules, to the detriment of original ideas. In moving between screenwriting books, interviews, drama theory, scripts and films and the weekly exercises we seek to avoid those pitfalls by approaching screenwriting rules as tools and creating a space for ideas to grow.