Storytelling Through Film: Developing Characters - Remote!

Saturday, May 8th from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST)
Remote! (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

In Storytelling Through Film, students will learn to tell a complete, engaging, and compelling story in one of the most creative, dynamic, and fun ways possible: through film.

Often, new screenwriters spend too much time plotting out the events of a script without thinking much about the characters who create those events. They worry about "what happens next?" rather than, "who is this person, and what would they make happen next?"

In this session, we will explore critical character elements and we'll discuss how to craft a complex, dynamic and fascinating protagonist, as well as a nuanced antagonist, along with important considerations on character development for the screen. We will use both film and screenplay examples to guide our session and we will do small activities that will bring you closer to becoming not only a more well-rounded filmmaker, but a better storyteller as a whole.

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
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  • In-Class Writing Prompts
  • Class Discussion
  • Lecture


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Screenwriting

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