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“The best way to learn anything is to DO it,” says instructor Kate Montgomery. “In this two-day boot camp, you’ll get the chance to throw yourself into the mix, to pick up screenwriting basics and apply them right away, and to create characters and stories for the screen in a lively and encouraging environment.”

With an interactive mix of lecture/discussion, improv, group and individual writing exercises, and course materials you can keep to reference later, you’ll learn how to pull a story out of the air and build it into a viable three or five acts. You’ll learn how to “beat a story,” how to “punch up a comedy” and experience the fun of “spit-balling” in a “writer’s room” to brainstorm story ideas and solutions across the genre.

“Whether you want to write a major motion picture or the next hit series, screenwriting takes commitment and discipline,” says Kate. “This two-day intensive will give you the tools and strategies to create a screenplay and to have fun throughout the whole process.”

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Instructor

    Kate Montgomery wrote, directed and produced the Sundance indie feature Christmas in the Clouds, which won top honors at festivals in Austin, Santa Fe, Vancouver, Philadelphia and Ft. Lauderdale, and endorsements from Oprah Winfrey & Roger Ebert. 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 script editor and production consultant. Her current feature projects include the Italian romantic comedy Pane Vine, and the western Stealing Lily, for which she also wrote the adaptation.

Schedule
  1. Saturday, July 22, 10:00am-4:00pm
  2. Sunday, July 23, 10:00am-4:00pm
Reviews
  • 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.

    Hallie
  • 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.

    Radu
  • 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.

    Brenda

Details

Start:
Sat, July 22 @ 10:00 am
End:
Sun, July 23 @ 4:00 pm
Cost:
$260
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Venue

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.

Refund Policy

There is a cancellation fee of 15% included in each registration. The Writing Salon will not issue a refund if a cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the class start time.

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

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