With personalized guidance from an accomplished mentor, students learn how to take their scripts to the next level.

The workshop is intended for those who have a screenplay or outline in progress and would like guidance and direction from an experienced screenwriter.  It can be taken in sequence with Story & Character: Writing for Film & TV or it can be taken separately.

Students will engage more deeply with how to sharpen concept and story, structure, character development, scene and sequence, plot and subplots, central theme, dialogue, and visual storytelling.  Class time is divided between exploring relevant dynamics through lecture and discussing student scripts.  One-on-one sessions between the instructor and each student take place throughout the week.

In a congenial atmosphere, students discuss alternative approaches and explore solutions to the problems posed by each developing script with an eye toward amplifying its strengths and mitigating any weaknesses.  They leave the workshop with a sense of where they are going and how to navigate the next steps in the process of completing their screenplays.

If the workshop is not taken in sequence with Story & Character: Writing for Film & TV, participants must submit one of the following for admittance: an outline, a treatment, or the first 30 pages of a screenplay in progress.


Wayne Beach

Wayne Beach has written screenplays for Warner Bros., Sony, Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, TNT, Fox 2000 Pictures, and Village Roadshow Pictures.  He has developed projects for the makers of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, THE MATRIX, LAW & ORDER, PLATOON, THE GREAT GATSBY, OCEAN’S ELEVEN, and THE PERFECT STORM.

Sony recently commissioned him to write the pilot for an original TV show that he created.  Beach’s pitch for the show inspired a bidding war between three American networks.  He also recently finished an assignment writing GARDEN OF BETRAYAL, a script being readied for production as a major feature film by the makers of BEGIN AGAIN and AMERICAN ULTRA.

Beach wrote and directed SLOW BURN (Lionsgate) starring Ray Liotta, LL Cool J, Mekhi Phifer, Jolene Blalock, Taye Diggs, and Chiwetel Ejiofor (the Oscar-nominated star of 12 YEARS A SLAVE).   His director of photography was the Oscar-winning Wally Pfister (INCEPTION).  The film, Beach’s directorial debut, received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released by Lionsgate in 1100 theatres. 

Other filmed writing credits include MURDER AT 1600 (Warner Bros.) starring Wesley Snipes, Diane Lane, Alan Alda and Dennis Miller; and THE ART OF WAR (Warner Bros.) starring Wesley Snipes, Donald Sutherland and Anne Archer. 

Having taught screenwriting at Northwestern University and at Bates College, he is currently on the MFA faculty of Maine Media College.  His former students have become successful writers, directors, and producers in film and television.  Their credits include FRIENDS, BLINDSPOT, LIFE AS WE KNOW IT, THE VOW, SUPERGIRL, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, BROTHERS & SISTERS, HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, NEVER BEEN KISSED, ARROW, VALENTINE’S DAY, DAWSON’S CREEK, GREEN LANTERN, BEVERLY HILLS 90210, EVERWOOD, PUSHING DAISIES, REVENGE, ROSWELL, and others.  One former student is responsible for the #1 and #2 new network TV shows of the 2015-2016 season.


Course Dates

Jul 31 to Aug 6



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