Terrel Seltzer: Screenwriting – The Fun Beginning, the Dreaded Middle, the Dynamic End

Five Tuesdays, May 17 – June 14, 7-9:30pm  Berkeley 
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Testimonials for Terrel

 COMBO SPECIAL: Intro to Creative Writing + Screenwriting

“In this class we’ll look at each of the three acts of a well-structured, emotionally fulfilling screenplay,” says instructor Terrel Seltzer.

“We’ll read scripts, watch movies, and write scenes to develop a practical understanding of the specific ‘chores’ and challenges of each act: Act One (Inspiration) asks a question. Act Three (Philosophy) answers it. The dreaded Act Two (Craft) is all about character development and rising conflict and tension, so that the reader urgently cares how the Act One question is answered in Act Three. It pretty much separates the good from the … not so good.”

The class is designed for people working on scripts who want to workshop their scenes, BUT . . . says Terrel, “workshopping scenes is not a requirement. You can also have a great time, and learn a lot, just by listening to other people’s scenes, and talking scripts and movies.”

Click HERE if you’d like to read a recent review of an early draft of Rule #1, a screenplay written by Terrel that is currently on its way to becoming a movie starring Reese Witherspoon.

Terrel Seltzer is a self-taught screenwriter. She learned the craft by watching and outlining literally hundreds of movies. Her career started in the Bay Area, working with SF director Wayne Wang, for whom she wrote the screenplays for the independent films Chan is Missing and Dim Sum. Her two produced Hollywood screenplays are How I Got into College (with Lara Flynn Boyle and Anthony Edwards) and One Fine Day (with Michelle Pfeiffer and George Cloony). Currently, she has two scripts in development: Magick written for director Robert Zemeckis at Dreamworks, and Foolproof, a spec script recently optioned by Warner Brother Classics.

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