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Part-Time Screenwriting

CLASS DESCRIPTION

Through a combination of interactive lectures, film screenings, script readings, and group workshop of your original script, this once-a-week evening class take writers of all backgrounds to new levels of skill and confidence in a safe, supportive, and professional space.

We meet writers all the time who have a story in them, a beloved project they’re wanting to either start or finish, but they’re stuck trying to make the next move. For some, it’s about building a schedule and holding themselves accountable. For others, it’s about not knowing where to go next with characters, plot, or dialogue. And some aren’t sure how to get their script sold or made. Taking a screenwriting class is your opportunity to get serious and get it done. 

Costs: 3 equal installments of $199.99

    Next Start Date: September 9th, 2019

Upcoming Classes & Registration

Our Part-Time classes will take actors of all abilities to new levels of skill and confidence through direct instruction from some of Vancouver’s top working actors. Classes occur once per week and are available on a variety of days to suit your schedule. Click the registration link for the class of your choice to book online, or contact us at 604-564-7242 to reserve your spot.

Please note that some advanced classes may require prior approval before registration.

Course Name

Course description

Creating worlds out of nothing and taking people on wild adventures that change lives is the stuff of gods…and writers! But around every corner lurks a relentless gang of demons: distraction, fear of criticism, self-doubt, and procrastination. Paul meets aspiring and active writers all the time who have a story in them or a creative project they want to get moving, but they’re stuck trying to make the next move. As a writer and producer for film, web series, podcasts, and graphic novels, as well as a regular judge for the Leo Awards and BC Student Film Festival, Paul knows many of the common mistakes writers make and what it takes to be successful. Get that script started and finished!

Course Summary

This 6-month (24 sessions) course consists of two components:

Part 1: Story Basics – Equips you with the foundational story-building tools, techniques, and writer’s disciplines required to develop and finish an original screenplay. We’ll cover story creation, character design, world building, plot outline, script development, and the core habits you’ll need to set goals and deadlines, achieve your milestones, and succeed on your writer’s journey. Includes weekly exercises, film screenings, and initial development of your story outline and beat sheet.

Part 2: Intensive Script Workshop – Building on the fundamentals learned in Part 1, we get right into a 3-month intensive workshop of your script as you work on it, via group feedback sessions and one-on-one story development with your instructor.

Let’s get that script started and finished!

Topics Covered

In this class you will learn and implement:

  • Building (& Sticking to) a Schedule
  • Generating Ideas & Loglines
  • Finding Your Theme
  • Creating Heroes & Villains
  • Building Your Story World
  • Scene Construction & Dialogue
  • Plot Structure & Beat Sheet Development
  • Genre conventions & what audiences expect
  • How to give and receive professional script notes
  • Formatting your script to Hollywood standards
  • Establishing your business as a writer
  • GROUP WORKSHOP OF YOUR SCRIPT
  • ONE-ON-ONE IN-CLASS MENTORSHIP WITH INSTRUCTOR

Upcoming Sessions

*Please note this particular class is a 6 month commitments. (24 sessions, 1 class per week, for 24 weeks)

FALL 2019 SESSION

TBD with Paul Donnett

April 10th – June 26th

3 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $269.99

 

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