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May 2019

The Art & Science (& Business) of Screenwriting

May 18, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

1 session: Saturday, May 18, 1-5pm Looking to enter—or re-enter—the world of screenwriting? Looking for an ideal companion course to FilmNorth’s Elements of/Advanced Screenwriting courses? In this interactive and entertaining 4-hour overview of screenwriting, you’ll learn what it takes to write a great screenplay and sell it. Topics include the fundamentals of storytelling, the seven essential elements of a screenplay, the four essential elements of a scene, the “Hollywood Formula” three-act story structure, the film industry landscape, the conventional and…

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October 2019

The Heroine’s Journey Through Screenwriting

October 1, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - October 29, 2019 @ 9:30 pm

5 sessions: Tuesdays, October 1-29, 6:30-9:30pm This workshop will juxtapose the “hero’s journey” (linear, “rising action” plot narrative and tidy story resolution and integration) with the “heroine’s journey,” which may better reflect your own creative process and lived experience: a more fractured and fraught kind of storytelling, which reflects the lived experience of degrees of peripherality or marginality from the dominant masculine story line. The heroine’s journey is not linear but rather dialectical or a spiral, and the story is often irreconcilable in the face of conflicting challenges. It doesn’t…

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April 2021

Short-Form Screenwriting

April 17, 2021 @ 9:30 am - May 22, 2021 @ 12:00 pm

6 sessions: Saturdays, April 17-May 22, 9:30am-12pm Short film has always been 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 tell a story, develop skills, and launch or advance a career. Particularly with the advent of web series providing the opportunity to tell longer stories in installments, there's never been a better time to start writing your short or episodic script.…

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August 2022

Creating & Selling Reality TV [In-Person]

August 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

1 session: Saturday, August 6, 10am-4pm From concept to series, this course provides a comprehensive look at how to create, develop, pitch, sell, produce, and deliver 21st century reality television programming. You’ll receive all the tools and feedback needed to jump into the nonscripted television world in an interactive environment for creating and refining your ideas. The course is taught by writer/producer/director Bo Kaprall, who has been creating, producing, and selling nonscripted shows (from Minneapolis) for over thirty years. He continues to…

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October 2022

Genre Screenwriting – Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror & Beyond [Virtual]

October 12 @ 6:30 pm - November 23 @ 9:30 pm

Online. 7 sessions: Wednesdays, October 12-November 23, 6:30-9:30pm CT For too long, the genres of sci-fi, horror, and fantasy were dubbed “unserious” and dismissed as exploitation and B-movie fare by the film industry. However, this did not stop these creatively rich genres from tackling serious social issues and changing the world through visionary storytelling - eventually becoming dominant genres in today’s entertainment landscape. This writing workshop celebrates the vibrant and infinite creative possibilities of genre screenwriting of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and more.…

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