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

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Filmmaking must begin with a solid screenplay. This comprehensive workshop is for writers who have a screenplay in progress and are seeking guidance, direction and focus from an accomplished screenwriter.

Class time is divided between lectures on the dynamics of screenwriting and discussion of student scripts. One-on-one sessions between the instructor and each student take place throughout the retreat.

The retreat delves deeply into concept, story structure, character development, plot and subplots, theme, dialogue, and the process of 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 economy in writing, visual storytelling, and how to heighten the emotional stakes of story and character.

The class surveys the practical realities of the film industry in terms of getting material read and sold, finding an agent, deal-making options, and how the industry works.  By the end of the two weeks, each script has been reviewed and reconstructed with a ‘battle plan’ on how to take the script to the next level.

Participants must have a screenplay in progress.

While this is a two-week program, participants may opt to take the first week only.

Note: The Screenwriting Retreat is also offered at a discount during the Winter/Spring Session.

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Instructor: Wayne Beach

Wayne Beach has written screenplays for Warner Bros., Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, Sony, TNT, Wolf Films, Village Roadshow Pictures, and other studios and networks. He has developed projects for the makers of Pirates of the Caribbean, The Matrix, The Great Gatsby, Law & Order, House, Chicago P.D., and Ocean’s Eleven. His students have gone on to write hit films and TV shows.