UPCOMING SCREENWRITING COURSES & WORKSHOPS
Susan Kouguell presents international screenwriting, business of screenwriting, and film industry classes, seminars and workshops.
Topics include: The Business of Screenwriting; Writing and Rewriting; Query Letters, Loglines, Synopses, One Sheets, Treatments, and Pitching; The Craft of Screenwriting from Conception to Production; and Producing and Directing Your Own Scripts.
Universities and Educational Institutions include:
Emerson College Screenwriting Certificate Program, Lesley University MFA Program, Boston University Master’s Screenwriting Program, New York University, Hunter College. Brooklyn College, Northern Essex,The New School for Social Research, Temple University, SUNY College at Binghamton, The Reel School, Phillips Exeter and St. Paul’s Academy.
Organizations and Film Festivals include:
Writers and Directors Guilds of America, New York Women in Film and Television, Screenwriters World Conference East, Los Angeles Screenwriting Expo 2 and 3, Independent Feature Project/Independent Feature Film Market, Women Make Movies, New England Women and Film/Video, New England Screenwriters Conference, New Hampshire Writers Project, Grub Street Writers, Boston Film/Video Foundation, Cambridge Center, Rhode Island International Film Festival, New Hampshire Film Festival, Independents Day Seminar, Atlantic Film Producers Conference at Prince Edward Island.
Upcoming Online Screenwriters University Classes
This four-week class is the perfect introduction to the world of writing a script, from the fundamentals of the story down to the revision process. In this course, you will gain the tools to structure your scenes, your acts, and your plots.
At each step, you will receive comprehensive feedback on assignments targeted to develop the skills needs to thrive as a screenwriting.
The lessons in this course include video instruction.
July 27 – August 24
September 14- October 12
October 5 – November 2
November 9 – December 7
December 14 – January 11
This ten-week workshop is broken up into five sessions that each focus on individual elements of the rewriting process. Each session, you will submit a section of your screenplay for review. Each session will also have focused lectures that help you on each step of your revision process. The lectures are there for support, but the focus of this workshop will be on your screenplay. Each session, you will submit to your instructor for private review, and also you can submit to the other workshop participants for peer review.
July 13 – September 31
October 5 – December 14
December 28-March 8
In this workshop, writers will learn all the key elements to a successful “episodic spec,” and will receive ongoing instructor guidance in building their own—from basic idea through finished outline. It begins with knowing how to choose the right kind of show to spec, then understanding which elements to study, in order to really grasp how a typical episode functions well enough to write one. Students will then learn the elements of great story ideas for a spec, and be given a chance to pitch and re-pitch multiple ideas for their episode, before finally settling on one to write. At that point, they will begin “breaking story” (figuring out the key “beats” of each “act”) over several weeks, getting instructor feedback along the way. Finally, they will be guided in crafting a scene-by-scene outline, from which they could then go on to write the actual script.
August 3 – September 21
September 28 – November 16
November 23 – January 11
Documentary films can question an event, profile a person, and uncover a secret. They can expose truths and tell the truth about how lives are lived throughout the world. They can influence and inspire and provoke. A collaborative medium, documentary writing requires research and an understanding of the audience’s expectations, and how the writer can keep an open mind when challenged by the unforeseen, including the exposing of surprising material and interview subjects’ unexpected responses. This course will examine and offer specific strategies for writing and planning a documentary.
August 3 – August 31
September 7 – October 5
October 12 – November 9
November 23 – December 21
December 21 – January 18