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Basics of Screenwriting with Audrey Chevannes

Get that screenplay you've been thinking about out of your head and onto paper with writer and producer Audrey Chevannes! The goal of this 3-day intensive workshop is to write the first five pages, giving your project some momentum and getting your brilliant idea off to a solid start! The Basics of Screenwriting will cover:

  1. Elements of an opening scene
  2. Creating conflict
  3. Genre
  4. Premise
  5. Introducing the protagonist
  6. The narrative world
  7. Dialogue
  8. Formatting
  9. Students produce/revise first 5 pages
  10. Students share and critique the work

Whether you've got a first draft or just an idea, this workshop is the first step towards making your screenplay a reality! Prior to the start of the workshop, participants are asked to do a little homework: review your favorite movie as a writing exercise, and decide on a genre for your screenplay -- this will help you arrive focused and ready to write. The workshop is 9am-12pm, and Audrey will give you assignments to work on independently. Bring a notebook or laptop to class, and get ready to launch your own screenplay!

Audrey Chevannes is an award-winning writer and producer. She holds an MFA from Emerson and resides in Cummaquid, MA.

Our classes and workshops are open to students of all abilities and needs. We are currently unable to provide one-on-one instruction, though we will make every attempt to address accommodations for full and successful engagement whenever possible.
If a student requires individual supports, parent/guardian/PCA/teacher/ABA Therapists/etc are welcome to attend.
Please contact Christine Ernst, Director of Education, for more information at