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8-Week Introduction to Screenwriting

Class Starts August 21, 2019

1 SPOT OPEN | NOW ENROLLING

$495 New Student | $470 Returning


This course is for the true screenwriting novice. Have you ever had a great idea for a movie but didn’t know where to begin? It can certainly be overwhelming as screenwriting has it’s own style, rules and format. In this 8-week course, you will learn the basics, leaving you with a great foundation to write a feature screenplay of your own! We will cover topics such as screenplay formatting, how to properly structure a screenplay, the top 10 deadly sins to avoid when writing a screenplay, and you’ll have an opportunity to write several original scenes of your own! If you have NO prior screenwriting knowledge or experience, this course is a pre-requisite for Screenwriting II and III.

Note: Students will need screenwriting software on their computer for this class. Install FREE screenwriting software to your device, using: Celtx, WriterDuet, AmazonWriter, or FadeIn. You can also purchase FinalDraft.

  • Class size limited to 8 writers

  • Meets Thursdays 7:00PM to 9:00PM / August 21, 2019 to October 9, 2019

  • Class meets at The Drawing Board at 75 & Campbell: 1900 Jay Ell Dr / Richardson, TX / 75081

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.


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Instructor Whitney Davis is the founder of Whitney Davis Literary, a boutique literary consultancy offering management for screenwriters and editorial/career consulting services for writers. After receiving her BA in Literature and Creative Writing, Whitney moved to Los Angeles where she started out as a TV writer, getting signed to the William Morris Agency (now WME) at the age of 26. During the writers strike, Whitney began her career as a freelance script consultant and developmental story editor for aspiring screenwriters and novelists. Over the past 10 years, Whitney has worked with award winning novelists and optioned/produced screenwriters. In the screenwriting world, she moves best in the TV space, and her clients have pitched their scripts to several studios that include HBO, FX, Netflix and Hallmark to name a few. Whitney is a sought after panelist and conference speaker, participating at events all over the country. In the last year, she has spoken at The Great American Pitchfest, the Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference, The Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference, The Genre LA Conference, and has paneled at events such as AWP’s 50th Anniversary Conference in Washington D.C, the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival and was selected as a guest of honor for an International Screenwriting Association event this past summer. You can find her at several more events in 2017. Whitney has a passion for storytelling and loves encouraging writers to fulfill their dreams.  You can find her across all social media platforms at @wdavisliterary.

Student Testimonials

"I attend Whitney's Dare to Dream 2018 seminar via live streaming on 14 Jan 2018. She sent out a workbook before class for the attendees and it has awesome exercises to focus my writing passion towards finishing a project. So fortunate to have found Writing Workshops Dallas and grateful to be able to attend via live streaming."

"I attended Whitney Davis' class Dare to Dream in 2018 yesterday and it was a very informative, lively and thought provoking time spent honing our organizational skills, goal setting and adding some accountability to our portfolios. Whitney was extremely helpful and I was able to leave with an arsenal of tools, ready to conquer my 2018 goals and beyond.  I look forward to the next classes that I have scheduled for this quarter.  I think Whitney will be my instructor in one of the others I will be attending. Thanks to Writing Workshops Dallas and Blake Kimzey for making these classes available."

"I attended the workshop for screenwriters with TV exec Steve LaRue, and writer's rep Whitney Davis, and walked out with several actionable ideas for some work I have in development. I've also found myself since paying forward their good advice to some of my clients who are creative entrepreneurs. I felt lucky to be in the room, glad to now know you Blake, and a few new colleagues. Thanks for putting this together!"

"I took the 'Novel-to-Film' seminar led by Whitney Davis, a literary manager for screenwriters and novelists. I learned an immense amount of behind-the-scenes information from a well-connected professional. Now I'm excited to attend more workshops."

"I attended Whitney Davis' workshop on Could your Novel be a Blockbuster Movie? Tips for Novel to Screen. Even though the workshop was in Dallas, I attended via Google Hangouts. Whitney is a enthusiastic and inspirational teacher with lots of real world advice to share. I learned a lot about the business. I look forward to future workshops."

"I attended Whitney Davis' novel to film seminar and learned some fascinating behind-the-scenes tidbits. I highly recommend their workshops."

"I attend Whitney's Dare to Dream 2018 seminar via live streaming on 14 Jan 2018. She sent out a workbook before class for the attendees and it has awesome exercises to focus my writing passion towards finishing a project. So fortunate to have found Writing Workshops Dallas and grateful to be able to attend via live streaming."