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Are you actively working on a screenplay or have a story in mind that could make a great feature film or TV series? Maybe you’ve written a treatment or started on the first draft, but now you find it hard to keep it moving forward. This class will provide the instruction, inspiration, and community to help you accomplish your screenwriting goals.

“No matter how experienced you are, or how strongly the muse calls, it takes tremendous self-discipline and hard work to complete a screenplay,” says instructor Kate Montgomery. “Most of us need to connect with other writers to know what’s working and what isn’t. There’s nothing better than the quality feedback we can get from fellow screenwriters who understand the process and the challenges.”

In this monthly class, you will join other screenwriters to dive more deeply into crafting great characters, plot twists and pacing, and to experience a professional approach to the screenwriting experience. You’ll hear your work come to life at ‘table reads’, break story on TV pilots and specs, and get help with setting and meeting realistic writing goals that work for you.

“You’ll be checking in with me on a regular basis to stay on track and to get advice along the way,” says Kate. “I know from experience that participating in an ongoing class is a great way to stay inspired and to complete a polished screenplay or pilot that can actually open doors.”

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Instructor
    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.
Schedule
  1. Friday, July 27, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  2. Friday, August 24, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  3. Friday, September 21, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  4. Friday, October 19, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  5. Friday, November 16, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  6. Friday, December 14, 7:00pm-9:30pm
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
  • 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:
Saturday, July 28, 2018 @ 2:00 am
End:
Saturday, December 15, 2018 @ 5:30 am
Cost:
$425
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Venue

Berkeley
2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, 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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