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Everybody wants to write a feature film – but most people never get around to it. This class will be your kick-in-the-pants to put ink to paper and get those keyboard keys clacking.


With a mixture of lecture content covering principles and approaches to character and structure, tips and tricks to keep your motivation and in-person workshopping of your pages, this class will guide you over the course of seven Saturday workshop sessions through the process of getting a first draft of your screenplay from start to finish.

WHAT YOU'LL GET OUT OF IT: A finished draft of your screenplay and a plan to go forward. In addition to the feedback of your peers throughout the course, you'll get detailed coverage from your instructor on your full draft: notes on what's working, what could use improvement, and how to tackle your next draft. 

Cost: $475

Dates: Feb. 18, Feb. 25, March 4, March 18, April 1, April 15, April 29


Note: This workshop meets every Saturday for the first three weeks, then every other week after that. The workshop has a minimum of 5 students and a maximum of 8 students.


Zan Gillies was recently listed as one of Austin Film Festival/Moviemaker Magazine’s “15 Screenwriters To Watch” in 2022. He is the screenwriter of the feature film KRINGLE TIME and co-writer of the upcoming 500 FIREFLIES. He is a professor of film at Mary Baldwin University and Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School.

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