Are you an Aspiring Writer?  Do you have an idea for a Video Script?  Do you already have a Script, but want to improve it?

Screenwriting, also called scriptwriting, is the art and craft of writing scripts for videos, short and feature films, or television productions.  A writer can create a script that is based on an original idea, or they can create a script from a concept, true story, or an existing literary work, such as a novel, poem, play, comic book or short story, that they have the rights to adapt. A screenplay by itself is not a final product; it is used as a blueprint during the Video Production process by the Director to craft their vision for the story.

In this 4-Session Screenwriting Bootcamp, a particular topic will be covered at the beginning of the evening, such as: dramatic structure and script elements, writing dynamic action and strong dialogue, developing characters, the importance of rewrites and how to receive notes on your work, how to craft a logline and pitch your idea. After that, the instructor will lead a discussion about the work that was submitted for review that week. Each participant will be required to provide written pages to ensure that notes received and given remain fair for everyone.

Short writing exercises will also be undertaken in order to develop writing skills, and an overview of other learning and community resources will be provided.

Each week participants will be invited to bring in their own writing projects - shorts or features - and with the help of the instructor and the rest of the class, they will workshop their material in order to improve it.  By the end of the Workshop, the goal is to help each participant produce a new script (or portion of a script), or to improve an already existing written project.

Workshop takes place over 4 consecutive Tuesday evenings.  July 5, 12, 19, 26 (6-9pm each day) 

Although not mandatory, participants will be encouraged to bring in their own laptops in order to facilitate the writing process. Participants should also submit a writing sample of their work (under 10 pages), by the registration deadline (June 28).


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