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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)
  • 9 Weeks

Screenwriting for Film and Television II

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  • $620.00 Non-Member
  • $595.00 Member

Class Description

Screenwriting is an entirely different form of writing, with it’s own complex set of rules and principles. In this ten-week workshop, we will study Hollywood structure and format while also exploring works that defy the norm and challenge the way films are written. Students will bring in a dozen pages every other week and receive peer and instructor feedback on their scripts. Writers may also distribute their scripts via e-mail to get even more feedback. We will analyze a variety of film scripts to break down the structure and gain an in-depth understanding of what makes a great film. We'll discuss the screenplays of such writers as:

  • Jordan Peele (Get Out)

    Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black)

    Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot)

    Christopher Nolan (Inception, Memento)

    Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation)

    Sarah Gertrude Shapiro (Unreal)

    Donald Glover (Atlanta)

    Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick)

    Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water)

    Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman, The Revenant)

    Jill Soloway (Transparent)

    Rashida Jones (Nosedive)

Topics covered will include writing dialogue, creating conflict, creating original characters and how to work with non-linear structure. By the end of this workshop, writers will have a first draft of a screenplay as well as a detailed step-outline and character biography. This class is perfect for students who have taken introduction to screenwriting or have some screenwriting experience.

Scholarships Format/Location

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

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!