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“The best way to learn anything is to DO it,” says instructor Kate Montgomery. “In this fun and informative 3-session boot camp, you’ll throw yourself in right away, learning and then immediately applying the basics of professional screenwriting.

With an interactive mix of lecture and discussion, group and individual writing exercises, and course materials you can keep to reference later, the first two sessions will focus on the art of screenwriting itself. You’ll learn screenwriting structure and format, how to hook your audience with a compelling through-line filled with complex characters, and how to layer in those surprising twists and cliffhanger moments that make a film exciting and a TV show binge-worthy. In a lively and encouraging online environment, you’ll experience the fun of “spit-balling” in a virtual “writer’s room” to brainstorm story ideas across multiple genres.

To make it to the screen, a project must win the support of the decision makers who can give it the “green light”. In our third session you’ll learn what goes into a great pitch package and how to identify the agents, actors and producers who’ll be most likely to bring your project to the screen.

“Whether you want to write a major motion picture or the next hit series, successful screenwriting takes commitment, self-discipline, and industry know-how, ” says Kate. “This 3-day intensive will give you the tools and strategies you need to create and sell an original screenplay.”

*Writing Salon students are eligible for a significant student discount on FinalDraft software, which is widely recognized as the industry standard.


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.


    Kate Montgomery wrote, directed and produced the award-winning Sundance indie rom-com Christmas in the Clouds. Her credits also include the comedy Neither Here Nor There, which is currently on the festival circuit, and the futuristic thriller Ever Since the World Ended, which won at the SF Indie Fest and the London Sci-Fi Film Festival. Current projects include Out There, Hooking Up Hannah, Jack from Camp and Stealing Lily. Kate has optioned and sold screenplays to producers and studios in the US, Canada and UK. She is a member of the Director’s Guild of America, The Writer’s Guild of Canada and the Writer’s Guild of America.
  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, August 16, 10:30am-1:00pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, August 23, 10:30am-1:00pm
  3. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, August 30, 10:30am-1:00pm
  • Kate Montgomery was not only warm and inviting, she was 100% prepared, providing stacks of carefully considered handouts while also maintaining a flexibility to follow the rhythm of our group. Her knowledge in the field was undeniable and her enthusiasm for discussing and dissecting students' ideas was balanced by honest notes and critiques. I hope to be signing up for another class of hers soon.

  • It was a wonderful class! Kate really helped us understand the structure of a screenplay and had great tips on how to get the creative process of writing started. I’d love to be able to take a continuation of the course at some point . . . Thanks for the great experience!

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

  • Kate 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 it into my writer’s toolkit — it’s a win-win for me.



Sunday, August 16, 2020 @ 5:30 pm PDT
Sunday, August 30, 2020 @ 8:00 pm PDT
Event Category:


Online (SF Zoom)
Live Remote Meetings, ZOOM
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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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