Kate Montgomery: Conjure Better Characters

Katie Montgomery Screenwriting

1 Saturday, April 16, 10am-4pm   San Francisco
$95 members/$110 non-members     Cancellation/Refund Policy
 Student Testimonials

What makes Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Holly Golightly, and Walter White all so unforgettable? Bigger than life yet somehow also accessible, these characters have all made us feel genuine emotion. “While we may not respect all their choices,” says instructor Kate Montgomery, “they have still managed to draw us in and make us care. If our best stories have just one thing in common, it’s a protagonist who stays with us long after the book is closed, or the screen has gone dark.”

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Kate Montgomery: Screenwriting classes

Hi Jane,
Catherine’s 1-day screenwriting intro was perfect. More please.
Catherine is terrific. Her passion and energy for her art is clear. She was anecdotal, forthright, engaging, and informative. She drew us out of our writerly shells and had us creating on demand. It was fun. While the interactive screenplay activity engaged us, it also taught me some new tricks. When I take away something from a workshop, and put into my writer’s toolkit — it’s a win-win for me.
Thanks again for the opportunity.


I’m going to have to take another writing class to be able to describe fully how amazing Kate’s class was.

Now, this may sound like a cliche, but Kate inspired me to make time in my life for what I really want to do, write stories. And that’s hard, I’m a cynical Eastern European, hard to impress and convince.But now I’m going to spend a couple of hours each week to write something down, and if she’ll invite me I’ll go to all her events and workshops, pitch my story ideas, and do my best to create amazing work.

She is an incredibly charismatic, and it feels great to be around her. But the whole inspiration part is what makes her a standout teacher.

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Kate Montgomery: Intro to Screenwriting – Take the Leap!

Katie Montgomery Screenwriting5 Tuesdays, January 17 – February 14, 7-9:30pm
$275 members/$295 non-members
Testimonials for Kate

“Let’s face it, you’re already in the film business—you’ve seen more movies than you can count. And if you’re reading this, then you’ve also thought about writing one yourself. The industry is rapidly expanding and there’s more demand now than ever before for good screenwriters. But where to begin? How do you make your investment in time and study pay off?”

In this beginners class, Kate will introduce you to screenwriting basics such as story structure, character development (including how to create a truly compelling protagonist), and how to be “sneaky” with exposition. “We’ll also look at three crucial elements that every screenplay contains,” says Kate, “questions, conflicts and turning points . . . and their timing.”

The class will be a mix of lecture/discussion, film clips, writing exercises, improv exercises and course materials you can keep to reference later. Kate provides a safe, encouraging environment where you can explore the screenwriting process, find your voice, and get yourself on the path to completing scripts that work.

“I began writing scripts while still working full-time in the corporate world,” says Kate. “I took the leap you’re now considering. I gave myself permission to learn the process, and then sat down and started writing the stories that I wanted to see on the screen. After all, if you hope to entertain anyone, you may as well start by entertaining yourself!”

Kate Montgomery wrote, directed and produced the Sundance indie feature Christmas in the Clouds, which won top honors at festivals in Austin and Santa Fe and endorsements from Oprah Winfrey & Roger Ebert when it released in theaters. She executive produced the micro-indie, Ever Since the World Ended, which won at the SF Indie Fest and the London Sci-Fi Film Festival. She has optioned & sold screenplays to producers and studios in the US, Canada and UK, and works for hire as a writing coach, script editor and production consultant. Her current projects include the romantic comedy Jack from Camp and the medieval series Plantagenet. She has taught screenwriting at the Weengushk Film Institute in Canada, where participants developed original stories from concept to camera-ready scripts.

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