Writing in Pictures: November One-Day Screenwriting Intensive (with Xandra Castleton)

Xandra Castleton




SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3  |  Those interested in screenwriting often begin with the same questions (and some misconceptions) about how and why writing a screenwriting for film and television is different from other forms of writing. What is the lifecycle of a screenplay or tv pilot? 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”?

We’ll tackle these questions and more through a mixture of lecture, script examples, clips and opportunities for writing exercises. The class will conclude with an optional pitch session.

Topics will include:

  • The stages of screenwriting
  • Learning screenplay structure without being limited by it
  • Creating unforgettable characters
  • Writing believable and crisp dialogue
  • Writing cinematically
  • How to generate viable ideas and develop script premises
  • Developing loglines and pitches

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. 

Please note: this is the November session of the intensive. Each session requires a separate registration.

Xandra Maria Castleton, M.F.A., is a screenwriter and producer whose scripts have served as the basis for award-winning documentary, television and narrative film projects, among them an Emmy Award-winning profile of John Waters. Her films have premiered at festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, AFI, and Rotterdam, while her feature dramatic comedy, Full Grown Men, was the winner of the 2007 Sundance Channel Audience Award prior to a critically successful theatrical release by Emerging Pictures. Xandra was the co-creator and writer of the scripted television documentary Stand Up Planet, starring Hasan Minhaj of The Daily Show.

Contact: xcastleton@gmail.com

Number of sessions: 1

Time: 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Date: Saturday, November 3

Course fee: $150

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