Two day Workshop: Writing for the Screen

Books and movies are like apples and oranges.  They both are fruit, but taste completely different.” Stephen King.

Do you dream of writing a movie – or a television show – but you’ve only ever written prose, articles, plays or short stories? What is it makes writing for a screen different than other forms of storytelling? Do you wonder how exactly you can take an idea from a blank page to a full length script?  Then this two-day workshop is for you. Bookings are now open for non-members of the club who might be interested in screen writing, but be quick, places are limited.

Bookings close Wednesday, April 4.  For more details or to secure a place, please contact The Secretary.

WRITING FOR THE SCREEN is a two-day workshop designed for storytellers who are new to the principles that underpin successful screen storytelling.

Over the two day workshop participants will be given a broad introduction to what they’ll need to know before embarking on writing a screenplay from scratch, or adapting a screen story from another source.

Participants will learn about the four pillars of story (character, plot, structure and theme). They will learn what differentiates screen writing from other forms of writing, how screenwriters develop their ideas into full scripts via the use of short documents, and, finally, what constitutes excellence/best practice in the screenwriting field.

Matthew Dabner, who was trained in screenwriting and producing at the University of Southern California’s school of Cinematic Arts. Matthew has been working in the film and television  industry for over twenty years developing and financing independent and studio-financed films, and working extensively as a script editor. Matthew has also taught screenwriting at the Australian Film Television and Radio school.

Participants will be provided with a produced screenplay ahead of the workshop to use as a reference example and as a tool for further analysis.

On the second day participants will have the opportunity to workshop their own one-page idea for a screen story and will be provided with the tools to continue developing their ideas into the future.

Where  : 80A Woongarra Street (Club Rooms)
When   : Saturday & Sunday, April 21 & 22.
Time    : 9.30am – 5pm (Saturday); 9.30am – 4pm (Sunday)
Cost     : $50 (non-members) – covers Saturday and Sunday sessions, morning and afternoon tea and coffee. BYO lunches, or take advantage of the near-by cafes. Club Members’ booking closed.

Remember, bookings close Wednesday, April 4.  For more details or to secure a place, please contact The Secretary.