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

There are no available registration dates at this time.

This is a two week course. Students may opt to attend the first week only. REGISTER FOR WEEK 1 HERE
This class will be held in a live, Online format using the Zoom Platform
Class will meet 10am-5pm EDT

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.  It is equally relevant for those writing a feature-length screenplay or an episodic television script. A project may be at any stage of evolution (concept, outline, first draft or rewrite).

Class time is divided between lectures on the dynamics of screenwriting and discussion of student scripts. Participants will have part of each day to work on their scripts. The instructor will also be available for one-on-one consultations during 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.

Please note: Participants might incur streaming rental costs of $10-20 to watch assigned films at home.

While this is a two-week program, participants may also register for the first week only.

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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.