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Short-Form Screenwriting

Starts October 25

In-person. 6 sessions: Wednesdays, October 25-December 6 (no class session Nov. 22), 6:30-8:30pm

Short film and Web series are an ideal medium for independent screenwriters and filmmakers. For those working with limited resources—or limited experience—making a short can be the most effective and exciting way to share your talent. You’ll learn the craft of short film storytelling and writing, and the importance of complex character development. Participants will have the opportunity to share their work in class and receive instructor and classmate feedback.

In Short-Form Screenwriting you’ll take your ideas from concept to logline to shooting script, step-by-step, while covering essential elements of screenwriting like story structure, dialogue, character development, and more. The class is open to all levels, including first-time writers, and will offer practical tips for those planning to produce their own work.

NOTE: this in-person course is held at FilmNorth, 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 120, Saint Paul, MN 55114. FilmNorth is following CDC’s current COVID-19 variant guidance for Ramsey County:

  • People may choose to mask at any time. Masks are recommended for those who are unvaccinated, immunocompromised, or at high-risk for complications associated with COVID-19 variants.
  • People with any COVID-19 symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should stay home.

Tuition: $245 regular | $185 member | $140 low-income

Pam Colby has worked in television and film for over thirty years. Pam’s most recent narrative short, Perennial (2022)premiered at the Roze Filmdagen–Amsterdam Film Festival and the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.  It has been a finalist in 12 international online festivals and has won two Best of Fest Awards. Pam’s film, Not in My Lifetime (2018), a feature-length documentary film won the Audience Choice Award for Best Minnesota Made Documentary Feature at the 2018 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. Pam’s love of storytelling led her to the Moth Storytelling competition where her GrandSLAM-winning story was featured on National Public Radio. Pam works as a freelance producer and director and has taught both narrative and documentary classes at FilmNorth since 2013.  

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full. Registrations are accepted after registration deadlines if space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 7 days prior to the start date of a class, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund within 2 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class scheduled in the same calendar year.
  • For those needing to cancel a registration at least 7 days prior to the first class session, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. As of 5:00 pm the day prior to the first class session, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given (Friday at 5:00 pm for Sunday classes). 
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.
  • By registering for this FilmNorth class you are agreeing to our Community Values Statement.




October 25 @ 6:30 pm
December 6 @ 8:30 pm
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Pam Colby
Registration Deadline
October 20
Maximum Enrollment
Class count or Info
6 sessions: Wednesdays, October 25-December 6 (no class session Nov. 22), 6:30-8:30pm