SUMMER/FALL 2018 SCREENWRITING CLASSES

All Writing Workshops Dallas screenwriting instructors have industry experience and are professional writers/teachers. Our instructors are dedicated teachers who have a passion for the craft of screenwriting. Workshops are limited to eight writers. Students will have their work critiqued in class and will receive written feedback from the instructor and their classmates. Private consultations with the instructor will also be provided. 

To formally join a class, use the Register Button below each workshop description. Refund Policy: included in the price of each multi-week workshop is a $75 non-refundable enrollment fee, required for all multi-week workshops. If a student drops a multi-week workshop up to 10 days before the class starts, all but the enrollment fee will be refunded. After the 10-day grace period, there are no refunds, and students will be required to pay the full course fee. We have this refund policy because we keep our classes intentionally small. Dropping a class at the last minute or after the class starts means that someone else who wanted to be in the class cannot participate, and so we don't offer refunds after the 10-day grace period. For a writing workshop to function, enrolled students must be dedicated to the class.

 

All returning writers receive a $25 discount on any course offering.

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INTRODUCTION | INTERMEDIATE | ADVANCED

INTRODUCTION TO SCREENWRITING - CLASS BEGINS Monday, August 20, 2018

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In this 8-week course for screenwriting novices, the student will receive a comprehensive overview of the basics of screenwriting, and will leave the class with the skills needed to confidently begin the process of outlining and writing an original screenplay. Primarily lecture-based, each week we will cover/review topics that the student will have read about in the assigned readings. Topics include but are not limited to: screenplay structure, technical formatting of screenplays, the differences between TV and feature film scripts, single cam vs. multi cam screenplays, and the top 10 deadly sins to avoid when writing a screenplay. You'll round out the course by analyzing two pilot episodes (Modern Family and The Good Wife), looking at two different versions of LA LA LAND, and close the class with an analysis of the film. In our final time together, the instructor will lead a demonstration on how to use Final Draft, the industry standard screenplay writing software.

Note: Students are required to purchase The Hollywood Standard: The Complete Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style by Christopher Riley and Save the Cat by Blake Snyder.

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.

Fee: $495 for new students; $470 for returning students.

  • Whitney Davis, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 10 students
  • Meets Mondays 6:30PM to 8:30PM / August 20, 2018 to October 8, 2018
  • Class meets at The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station: 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX / 75206

Register for INTRO TO SCREENWRITING using the button below. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

INTERMEDIATE SCREENWRITING: FROM CONCEPT TO OUTLINE - CLASS BEGINS Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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In this 8-week intermediate screenwriting course, students receive a comprehensive overview of screenwriting and come away with a solid logline, synopsis and outline for their story: the necessary tools needed to begin writing an original screenplay or TV Pilot.  During class, students delve deeper into the basic topics to take their concept to the next level—from idea to the page. By studying and analyzing setting, characters, plot structure, act breaks and twists, dialogue and more, students will be ready to outline their story.  Each week, students take turns presenting ideas to the class and receiving live feedback from the class and instructor. During the last two classes, each student will pitch their concept and will feedback.  This class is for students with a basic knowledge of screenwriting who'd like to prep themselves to write a professional screenplay.

Note: Students are required to purchase Story by Robert McKee and The Anatomy of Story by John Truby.

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.

Fee: $495 for new students; $470 for returning students.

  • Whitney Davis, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 10 students
  • Meets Tuesdays 6:30PM to 8:30PM / August 21, 2018 to October 9, 2018
  • Class meets at The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station: 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX / 75206

Register for INTERMEDIATE SCREENWRITING using the button below. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

ADVANCED SCREENWRITING - CLASS BEGINS Thursday, August 23, 2018

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Capped at 8 students, this class designed for those ready to advance their screenwriting career. Students must have at least a partial draft of a movie or TV pilot to enroll in the class.  Each week, students will not only study advanced techniques in screenwriting (format, structure, etc.) but they will have the opportunity to workshop the finished scripts, with the class reviewing one script per week.  This portion of the workshop will include a table read, feedback and detailed notes from the instructor.  This class prepares students desiring to submit their work to screenwriting contests, fellowships and/or production companies.

Note: Students are required to purchase Advanced Screenwriting by Linda Seger.

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.

Fee: $495 for new students; $470 for returning students.

  • Whitney Davis, Instructor
  • Enrollment limit: 10 students
  • Meets Thursdays 6:30PM to 8:30PM / August 23, 2018 to October 11, 2018
  • Class meets at The Foundry Club at Mockingbird Station: 5307 E. Mockingbird Ln / Dallas, TX / 75206

Register for ADVANCED SCREENWRITING using the button below. Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.