beginning_screenwriting_884_350_0.jpg Horizontal TabsDescription Learn the basics of screenwriting, how to avoid "newbie" mistakes, and how to make your first efforts the best they can be. Monday, July 9, 2018 to Thursday, July 12, 2018 Registration Fee: $425 / $400 if registering by April 1 *K-12 Educators: Earn State of Michigan SCECH clock hours by attending this workshop. Register Here Do you have a story to tell and a burning desire to write it in the form of a screenplay? Many writers are drawn to the craft of screenwriting, but soon discover what an extremely specialized skill it is. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of screenwriting, how to avoid “newbie” mistakes, and how to make your first efforts the best they can be. Fundamentals to be covered include classic three-act structure, proper formatting, effective action lines, believable dialogue, character development, effective marketing tools, creativity and craft, and understanding the marketplace. Written examples such as loglines, treatments, beat sheets, and screenplays (both good and bad!) will be provided to participants. There will be several writing assignments based on scenarios provided to participants by the instructor. Also, each student’s original idea for their screenplay will be discussed and analyzed by the group. Faculty Lindsey Van de Kirk Instructor of Music, Interlochen College of Creative Arts Schedule Supplies Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop, or may utilize Interlochen’s Mac laptops while participating in the course. If using a loaner, please bring a flash drive to save your work. Students should prepare at least one (more if you would like!) screenplay idea for presentation and discussion. If you have already written a screenplay, be ready to share the first ten pages. In advance of the workshop, students will receive sample screenplays, treatments, synopses, etc. We will share these through Celtx, a free screenwriting software. If participants are more familiar with Google Docs or Dropbox, we can also utilize those. You will find Celtx to be very good screenwriting software. If you already have a screenwriting program (Final Draft is the industry standard), you are welcome to use it. Please convert your documents to PDF for sharing with the class.