Receive guidance and direction on your script from an accomplished screenwriter.

There are no available registration dates at this time.

Note: This workshop will be held in a live, online format utilizing the Zoom platform.
Class meets on 6 Saturdays,  Feb 17, 24, Mar 2, 9, 16 & 23 from 1-4pm ET, and includes 1:1 time with the instructor.

Story and Character Development - Writing for Film with Wayne Beach
Past instructor, and screenwriter Wayne Beach on-campus.

Filmmaking must begin with a solid screenplay. This workshop is for writers who have a screenplay in progress and are seeking guidance, direction and focus from an accomplished screenwriter. Projects may be for feature films or television.

Seducing the Audience with Wayne Beach

Group sessions are divided between lectures on the dynamics of screenwriting and discussion of student scripts. You will also have the opportunity for one-on-one meetings with the instructor by appointment. The lab delves deeply into concept, genre, story structure, character development, theme, dialogue, and the process of developing and revising a screenplay. Students discuss suggestions for rewrites, alternative approaches, and explore solutions to the problems posed by each script. Participants learn to look critically at their writing with special attention to the importance of concept, story, character, structure, and scene dynamics.

Throughout the sessions, participants will get a real-world view of how the industry works and the practical realities of navigating the marketplace.  By the end of the lab, each script has been reviewed and reconstructed with a “battle plan” on how to take the script to the next level.

Screenwriters in a screenwriting workshop

Course requirements

Participants must have a screenplay in progress.  It can be at any stage of development, anything from an outline to a full draft, and can be for film or television.

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Instructor: Darin Scott

Darin Scott is a writer, producer, and director whose credits include box office hits, classic independent films, and television series. He studied chemical engineering at USC before launching his career in film.

Scott's various Producer credits include: "From A Whisper To A Scream", which he also wrote; "Stepfather II"; "To Sleep with Anger" starring Danny Glover; Directors Allen and Albert Hughes' classic "Menace II Society"; the comic hit "Fear of a Black Hat"; "Love and a .45", starring Renee Zellweger; "Tales from the Hood", which Scott also wrote; "Sprung", from yet another Scott script; the hit Screen Gems release, "The Brothers", and the horror thriller “American Nightmares.” 

Scott has written scripts for Disney, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, New Line, Paramount, Universal, ABC, Interscope, BET, Lionsgate, and Mar Vista.

Twelve of Scott’s feature films have been national theatrical releases. They’ve won prizes at Sundance, been screened in Director’s Fortnight at Cannes, won 6 IFP Spirit Awards, won the MTV Best Movie Award, been listed on dozens of Top Ten critics lists, and grossed well over 100 million dollars at the Box Office.