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.
January 11 – February 8
February 8 – March 8
March 8 – April 5
A strong series bible is a crucial sales tool for your series. This workshop will help you get your TV series ready for an executive by developing your series premise, honing your pilot, and writing your series bible.
What You’ll Learn:
The top tools for selling a TV series.
What a TV series needs before it can get off the ground.
How to write a series bible.
The key elements of a pilot that can launch a series.
What a first season needs.
Who Should Take This Course:
Writers developing a TV show.
Writers looking for tools to generate ideas for new episodes.
Writers who want to understand how to develop series long story arcs.
Writers wanting to put together a sales kit for their TV series.
January 4 – February 1
February 1 – March 1
March 1- March 29
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.
December 28-March 8
February 1 – April 12
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.