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

Recently he developed an original television pilot, AMERICAN DREAM, for Sony. The pitch inspired a bidding war between Showtime, FX, and WGN America. He also recently finished an assignment adapting THE GARDEN OF BETRAYAL, a new novel by Lee Vance published by Knopf.

His screenplay credits include MURDER AT 1600 (Warner Bros.) starring Wesley Snipes and Diane Lane; and THE ART OF WAR (Warner Bros.) starring Wesley Snipes. He wrote and directed SLOW BURN (Lionsgate) starring Ray Liotta, LL Cool J, Mekhi Phifer, Jolene Blalock, Taye Diggs and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film was released in 1100 theaters in the U.S.

Beach has also taught screenwriting at Northwestern University and Bates College. Many of his former students have become successful writers, directors, and producers working at the highest levels of film and television. They have written hit TV shows and number one box office hits. Their credits include FRIENDS, BLINDSPOT, ARROW, REVENGE, THE VOW, SUPERGIRL, LIFE AS WE KNOW IT, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, BROTHERS & SISTERS, HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, NEVER BEEN KISSED, VALENTINE’S DAY, DAWSON’S CREEK, GREEN LANTERN, BEVERLY HILLS 90210, and others.



Course Dates

Aug 13 to Aug 19



Class Size