Scene by Scene: A Screenwriting Workshop (with Xandra Castleton)

Xandra Castleton




TUESDAYS, JANUARY 15 —MARCH 12  |  Whether you’re new to screenwriting or already have a script underway, this course will help you achieve the key objectives of a great screenplay in an open and supportive workshop atmosphere. Through weekly writing exercises, you’ll learn how to introduce your main character, set a tone, establish the status quo of your fictional world and signal a theme, all while writing in pictures. We’ll discuss screenplays—Thelma and Louise, Moonlight and The King’s Speech—along with screenwriter interviews, articles and excerpts from The Screenwriter’s Bible by David Trottier. Students will complete the course with the first ten to fifteen pages of a screenplay, a one-line summary, and a toolbox of exercises and materials to help them complete the screenwriting process. 

Xandra Maria Castleton, M.F.A., is a screenwriter, producer and script consultant who has written and produced award-winning films and television projects for over twenty years. After winning a regional Emmy award for her work as series producer for a KQED TV syndicated series about independent cinema, Xandra co-founded a production company to write, co-write, and produce films that premiered at top festivals such as Sundance and Rotterdam. Her feature film, Full Grown Men, (Tribeca 2006, starring Matt McGrath, Judah Friedlander, Alan Cumming, Debbie Harry and Amy Sedaris), won the 2007 Sundance Channel Audience Award before hitting theaters in 2008. Xandra has since focused exclusively on screenwriting and script consulting for a variety of companies and clients, with the exception of her latest work as co-creator/executive producer and writer of Stand Up Planet, starring Hasan Minhaj of The Daily Show.


Number of sessions: 8

Time: 6:15 pm – 9:15 pm

Dates: Tuesdays, January 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12 (note: no class on February 19), 26; March 5, 12

Course fee: $625

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