Have you ever wanted to write a screenplay but not known where to begin? This workshop starts with the basics: understanding structure, story/plot, and character. Through a series of in-class exercises, you will begin to master the tools of combining these elements into a screenplay. Students may come to class with screenplays they are already working on, an idea they want to turn into a screenplay, or simply a desire to begin writing. Fiction writers looking to gain greater understanding of story structure will also benefit.
MICHAEL MAREN is a screenwriter and director. He’s written scripts for HBO, Sony Pictures, and many independent producers. His film, A Short History of Decay was described as “beautiful and moving” by New York Magazine. His newest project is an adaptation of the novel Shriver, which he is preparing to direct. He has taught screenwriting at Wesleyan University and the Taos Summer Writers’ Workshop.