Screenwriting 201: The First Draft
Story and Plot
Screenwriting Classes in Los Angeles and Online
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Wednesdays, 7-930pm CST
Starts October 11th, 2017
7 Weeks, $400

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Based on my experience the last few 201s, I have redesigned Screenwriting 201 a little bit to focus a but more on writing scenes and sequences. I know the urge is to get writing the feature script quickly, and I will definitely be helping you along with that, but I want to spend more time on just writing good scenes and sequences. Whether those scenes are comedy, drama, action or whatever does not matter. Such a large part of what I teach is getting people away from thinking in terms and plot and more about scenes and sequences, it seems like a huge missed opportunity not to focus on that in the actual writing as well. The shit will be a little bit away from "finishing the outline" and more to just plain making you a better writer
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Screenwriting 201 is less academic and more hands-on in its approach. With 101 focusing on concepts and big picture ideas of cinematic storytelling, 201 is about the the actual words on the page. It is a more writing intensive 7 weeks than 101.

Much of the class will involve the writing of sequences, story beats and scene work. Students will learn how to break down and rewrite a scene and sequence, control their own pacing and write in a way that allows the reader to "see" and emotionally respond to the film rather than just “read” it.

With students writing scenes or finalizing their outlines, weekly lectures are designed to apply directly to the projects in the class. Students will study screenplays rather than movies and these scripts will be chosen specifically to address challenges a student is facing from their own project. Because of this, each 201 session is different and taking the class multiple times is recommended and can pay huge dividends.

The class will put the student on a path to finish a solid first draft of their screenplay either during or shortly after the session closes.

Class dates for Screenwriting 201 will be:

October 11th, 7-10pm
October 20th, 7-10pm
No Class October 23th
November 1st, 7-10pm
November 8th, 7-10pm
November 15th, 7-10pm
No Class November 22rd
November 29th, 7-10pm
December 5th, 7-10pm

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