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“Let’s face it, you’re already in the business,” says instructor Kate Montgomery. “You’ve seen more movies than you can count and stayed up late way too many times to watch just one more episode of an addictive series on Netflix, Amazon or Cable. If you’re reading this, then you’ve also thought about writing one yourself. And here’s the good news—there’s never been a better time to break in. The industry is rapidly expanding, and there’s more demand now than ever for original content.”

But where to begin as a writer? How to write a screenplay that can sell? What’s the difference between a feature screenplay and a backdoor pilot? What’s a spec script, a series bible, a mini-movie? Are you a “plotter” or a “pantser”?

In this class, Kate will introduce a variety of screenwriting techniques that help writers tap into their own natural strengths to build great stories for the screen. Whether you want to write a major motion picture or the next hit series, you’ll learn the key elements of structure, plot, character development, and pacing that every great screenplay contains.

With a mix of lecture/discussion, film clips, writing exercises and improv, along with course materials you keep to reference later, Kate provides a safe, encouraging environment where you can explore the process, find your voice, and get yourself on the path to completing a professional script that can open doors.

“I began writing scripts while still working full-time in the corporate world,” says Kate. “It took time and dedication, and still does, but it’s also great fun. And it should be. After all, if you hope to entertain anyone else, you should start by first amusing yourself!”



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  1. Thursday, February 22, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  2. Thursday, March 1, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  3. Thursday, March 8, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  4. Thursday, March 15, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  5. Thursday, March 22, 7:00pm-9:30pm
  • 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.
  • 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.



Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 3:00 am PST
Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 4:30 am PST
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2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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