FALL 2018 SCREENWRITING CLASSES

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8-Week Introduction to Screenwriting

Class Begins Monday, October 22, 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 / October 22, 2018 to December 10, 2018

  • 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.

8-Week Intermediate Screenwriting: From Concept to Outline

Class Begins Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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 / October 23, 2018 to December 11, 2018

  • 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.

8-Week Advanced Screenwriting

Class Begins Thursday, October 25, 2018

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 Rex McGee is a native of North Texas and a protege of the legendary filmmaker Billy Wilder. McGee has sold over 20 scripts for film and television since receiving his BA in Cinema from USC.  He has worked in both Los Angeles and Texas as a screenwriter and journalist, and he has conducted screenwriting and creativity workshops at SMU for the last 19 years. His film credits include Warner Brothers’ Pure Country, starring George Strait, Hallmark’s Where There’s a Will, starring Marion Ross and Keith Carradine, and the IMAX film, Texas: The Big Picture, for the Texas State History Museum in Austin. A member of the Writers Guild of America, West, he has collaborated on his screenplays with directors Jon Amiel, John Putch, Peter Masterson, Robert Mulligan, and Billy Wilder.  He adapted his own original screenplay of Pure Country for the musical stage, which premiered in 2017 at Lyric Stage in Irving, Texas: purecountrythemusical.com

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

  • Rex McGee, Instructor

  • Enrollment limit: 10 students

  • Meets Thursdays 6:30PM to 8:30PM / October 25, 2018 to December 20, 2018 (Note: Class does not meet week of Thanksgiving)

  • 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.