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Instructor Phil Beauman says, “Before writing for In Living Color, writing the pilot for Nickelodeon’s Cousin Skeeter, and co-writing the first Scary Movie, I began my writing career here in the Bay Area at SFSU, where I learned screenwriting structure from Carl Gottlieb (Jaws, The Jerk), Bob Gale (Back to the Future), and Paul Schrader (Raging Bull, Taxi Driver). Now I’m back to share screenwriting techniques and advice with new screenwriters!”

In this daylong screenwriting class, we’ll go through the nuts and bolts of creating a feature-length screenplay and practice those skills and strategies in focused writing exercises. We’ll create original ideas with original characters, begin developing those ideas into working outlines, and discuss how to turn those outlines into professional three-act structured feature screenplays.

We’ll discuss breaking into the screenwriting business and what is involved in being a professional screenwriter. You’re encouraged to bring specific questions regarding what’s most important to you, so you’ll be able to get exactly the information you’re looking for in a Q&A format. You’re also invited to come to class with three story ideas that you’d like to brainstorm. “Don’t worry if your ideas are rough!” says Phil. “In a fun and supportive atmosphere, we’ll start with the seeds and go from there.”



    Phil Beauman began his Hollywood career getting hired over the phone to write for In Living Color. According to Phil: “I didn’t have an agent, I didn’t have any Hollywood connections, I just kept mailing in sketches because I loved the show.” After writing on In Living Color with the Wayans family, Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, etc… Phil was asked by the Wayans family to co-write the hit film, Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood. And later, the first Scary Movie. He was also supervising producer on The Wayans Brothers and co-creator and co-executive producer of Nickelodeon’s number one live action show, Cousin Skeeter. He has sold scripts to every studio in Hollywood including Disney, Paramount, DreamWorks, Fox, and Warner Bros. He has been a guest lecturer on screenwriting at U.C.L.A. and U.S.C. Film Schools and the Final Draft Script Writer’s Showcase.

  1. Saturday, June 16, 10:00am-4:00pm


Saturday, June 16, 2018
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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San Francisco
2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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Registration Deadline

Registration closes 24 hours before the start time for a class.

Cancellation Policy

10 days or more before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 10% fee OR a refund minus a 20% fee.

3-9 days before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 20% fee OR a refund minus a 30% fee.

2 days or less before the start date for a class, the registrant will not receive a credit or a refund.

The Writing Salon cannot provide refunds, transfer payments, or offer makeup sessions for classes a student might miss, for any reason.

Due to extraordinary circumstances related to COVID-19, we are open to addressing cancellations on a case-by-case basis.

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