Screenwriting Tricks for Fiction Writers - Remote!

Friday, October 15th, 10:30am-1:30pm (EST)
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
This class is full

The most important element of a novel is a good story. No matter how gorgeous the prose or likeable the protagonist, without a good story, readers will stop turning pages. But story is hard. If a brilliantly shaped narrative arc doesn’t flow intuitively onto the page, writers often kick and scream. Plot and structure are considered by many to be dirty words. Luckily these elements can be learned, and screenwriting is a good place to start. While novels have the luxury of hundreds of pages, a film’s story is generally told in a taut 90 minutes. Quickly a story is meant to grab you and hold you. Because film is such a compressed and precise medium, its bones are a blueprint for story. There are precise beats audiences expect, having experienced them in stories from the Greek myths to Jane Austen to Hollywood superhero epics. Whether you’re starting your first draft or revising it, instructor Andrea Meyer will show how the basics of screenwriting structure can help you move forward. Using film clips, readings and in-class exercises, Andrea will provide tools to brainstorm, structure, flesh out and pitch your story, addressing such precise story-building blocks as creating a sympathetic yet flawed hero with a desire and a need; building tension and pacing; beating out a narrative arc that ensures character transformation. 

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

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  • Concept Development
  • Writing Homework
  • Reading Homework
  • Class Discussion
  • Lecture
  • Revision Assignments
  • Workshop
  • Instructor Feedback
  • In-Class Writing
  • Craft Lessons
  • Generate New Work


  • Short Fiction
  • Screenwriting

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