Kickstarting Your Short Film - Remote!

4 Sundays, from 6:00pm-9:00pm (EST), Starting May 10th
Remote! (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

Short films offer screenwriters the opportunity to introduce their story concepts, demonstrate their writing skills, and collaborate with directors and fellow creatives in the industry—without breaking the bank. In Kickstarting Your Short Film, students will learn to tell a complete, engaging, and visually compelling story in 5-10 pages. We will explore basic elements of screenwriting, including genre, structure, character and story development. Along the way, the class will watch and discuss an array of short films by award-winning filmmakers, which may include but are not limited to Meryam Joobeur (Tunisia/Syria), Marshall Curry (USA), Carolina Markowicz (Brazil), Irene Moray (Spain), Charles Williams (Australia) and Matthew A. Cherry (USA). Through in-class and at-home assignments, students will write a short script of their own, while giving and receiving constructive commentary of each other’s writing. 

Note: Class will not meet May 24th. 

This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.

For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

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Mariona Lloreta


  • In-Class Writing Prompts
  • Lecture
  • Class Discussion


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Screenwriting

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