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“Are you sitting on a fantastic story idea for the screen?” asks instructor Kerry Muir. “In Intro to Screenwriting, you'll acquire a veritable toolbox of strategies and exercises, as well as creative inspiration to help set your idea into motion."

In this 5-week class, you'll learn the fundamentals of narrative screenwriting. During class meetings, you’ll analyze scenes from successful screenplays and short video clips. You’ll undertake a variety of writing exercises to get your creativity flowing and to learn how to develop complex, three-dimensional characters and write lean, muscular dialogue that serves, rather than strays from, an overarching story problem. There will be opportunities to share your work-in-progress in a fun, supportive environment. Outside of class, you’ll have optional homework assignments to keep the momentum going, and you’ll be invited to read at least one full-length screenplay.

“By the end of five weeks,” says Kerry, “students will become familiar with the basics of dramatic structure and character development. They will learn how to identify the essential core of their own stories and pull it into clear and sharp focus.”

 

About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes

Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon is running all classes in a remote learning format. You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at hello@writingsalons.com.

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Instructor
    Kerry Muir‘s creative nonfiction has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Crazyhorse, Fourth Genre, and elsewhere. Her essay collection, BLUR & Other Essays, was named one of three finalists in Bauhan Publishing’s 2017 Monadnock Essay Collection Prize, and her essay, “Blur,” is a notable in Best American Essays 2018. Kerry’s plays have received honors and awards from Sundance Theater Lab, Nantucket Short Play Festival and Competition, The Great Platte River Playwrights Festival, The Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition, Trustus Theater Festival, and she has optioned and sold screenplays to producers in the US & Mexico. In late 2018, her award-winning play, The Night Buster Keaton Dreamed Me, was published in both English and Spanish by No Passport Press. A graduate of Vermont College’s MFA in Writing Program, she has led writing workshops for teens at Children of the Night.
Schedule
  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, July 06, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, July 13, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  3. Live Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, July 20, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  4. Live Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, July 27, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  5. Live Zoom Meeting: Tuesday, August 03, 6:30pm-9:00pm
Reviews
  • Kerry's enthusiasm for the content of the class, her use of writing exercises, and the collaborative nature of the class demystified and relaxed the writing experience making it seem so much more accessible and less daunting. I now have the confidence to move forward with my screenplay as well as the tools to write it within the confines of the structure.

    Bryan
  • Kerry was phenomenal! She truly cares about her students and the work that they produce. She took time outside of class to provide thorough feedback and additional materials for us to review. Most importantly, she cultivated an environment that felt safe and encouraging. I received constructive criticism and support workshopping my screenplay. I am very thankful for Kerry's wisdom, positive energy and time.

    Anne
  • Kerry was extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of screenwriting. She was really wonderful at getting her ideas across to the class, helping us all understand the layout of the genre. And her feedback and help on the screenplays was fantastic.

    Lisa

Details

Start:
Wed, July 7 @ 1:30 am PDT
End:
Wed, August 4 @ 4:00 am PDT
Cost:
$310
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Venue

Online (Zoom)
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Live Remote Meetings, ZOOM
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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 offer refunds, credits, or makeup sessions for classes a student might miss.

In the event of an emergency, we may consider a refund or credit, whether partial or full. We review these requests on a case-by-case basis, and we ask that you notify us as near as possible to the start date for the class.

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