The Craft of Screenwriting
with Maria Romanova-Hynes.
Telling a story is a way of capturing, retaining, shaping and sharing that which is inherently fleeting: our feelings and realizations. We often say that stories are our living memory, they can be “passed down” from one generation to the next and from one person to another. They seem to emerge from within us, yet they reach outwards to relate our human experience to others: to instruct, seek compassion and entertain. Stories are inspired by what we perceive to be real, and they shape our cultural reality.
Storytelling transcends language. We can tell stories in various mediums, including music, visual art and dance, to name a few. What all stories demand is form. Our inner experiences appear to be boundless, overwhelming, whereas stories are bound by structure. And nowhere structure is as apparent as in the form of the screenplay, which is often called the blueprint of a film.
In this class, we will be focusing on the craft of screenwriting and learning the techniques and specialist language used in writing for the visual medium. It is intended for the beginner screenwriter looking to learn how to structure their story within the specific boundaries of the screenplay. We will explore the fundamentals of dramatic writing, character and story, learn how to write scenes and sequences, understand the screenplay format and the particular challenges of the screenwriting job.
If you are interested in taking this class, you probably already love writing and are curious about what differentiates screenwriting as a writing form. Over the course of the class, you will be encouraged to put your skills to the test and work on your own script for a short movie. Our ultimate challenge will be to demystify the process of translating an idea into a finished screenplay and grasp its underlying mechanics.
A detailed description of the weekly classes will be circulated among the students before the beginning of the course.
Registration Fee: €200. Final Fee: €280.
Pay the Registration Fee to secure a place on the course.
Pay the Final Fee before the Course begins.
N.B. Don’t pay for the Course until you have been accepted!
Autumn 2021 Course
Dates: Wednesdays, September 15th to November 17th.
Times: 6.30pm to 9.30pm (3 hours)
Maximum class size: 10 students.