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Unfortunately, no classes in-person in Chicago have spots left, but 9 classes live online are available.

Screenwriting 101

Writing Pad

Do you want to write movies, but don’t know where to start? Not to worry. Veteran Screenwriter Chris Reed will provide the foundation you need to begin your journey into the world of writing for the silver screen. He’s written for all the big boys, Disney, Fox, Sony, and Nickelodeon and even created the screenplay “Jaguar” that would eventually become “The Lion King” while working on a three-picture deal at Disney Feature Animation....

Saturday Dec 2nd, 10:30am–1:30pm Pacific Time

Screenwriting I: Intro to Screenwriting

Writing Pad

You dream of writing a killer script that launches you to the top of “The Black List” and gets you a seven figure deal. Veteran screenwriter Chris Reed (12 scripts sold) can help. He’s written for all the big boys, Disney, Fox, Sony, and Nickelodeon and even created the a screenplay “Jaguar” that would eventually become “The Lion King” while working on a three-picture deal at Disney Feature Animation. In this five-week Online Intro...

Saturday Sep 30th, 10:30am–1:30pm Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

Screenwriting II: An Advanced Screenwriting Workshop

Writing Pad

You have an outline for your brilliant screenplay, or maybe even a first draft. But how do you take it to the next level and turn it into a polished, sellable script? Enter veteran screenwriter Chris Reed (Disney, Touchstone) to help you make your screenplay shine. In this 5-week Online advanced screenwriting workshop, Chris shares his secrets for creating emotionally compelling stories, engaging characters, and snappy dialogue. Chris will teach...

Tuesday Nov 14th, 6–9pm Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

Screenwriting III: A Master Screenwriting Workshop

Writing Pad

You have a movie script in progress, but as you move through the acts, plot twists, and scenes, you get stuck. Have no fear. Veteran scribe Chris Reed (12 scripts sold) will help take your script to the next level in this five-week online master screenwriting workshop. Before the first session, you will fill out a brief survey detailing your script challenges, and from this, Chris will create custom lectures based on your issues to teach you advanced...

Thursday Nov 2nd, 6–9pm Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

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Screenwriting I: 10 Week Workshop

Gotham Writers Workshop @ Zoom Conference

Movies are the modern mythology—the stories we all watch for excitement, inspiration, and entertainment. So many genres and types...drama, comedy, action/adventure, science fiction, fantasy, thriller, horror, crime, noir, epic, western, war, romantic comedy, musical. Larger than life blockbusters or down-to-earth depictions of reality. Tales told with emotional verve and visual imagery we never forget. A movie isn’t great unless it starts with...

Sunday Oct 1st, 10am–1pm Eastern Time

 (10 sessions)


10 sessions

Story Development (Private)

Script School @ Online Classroom

Bring your Movie or TV idea to a single 2-hour session and one of our screenwriters will help you develop it into a structured story.  Your mentor will assist you in picking a theme, drawing up character ideas and designing a basic storyline, to leave you with the tools and advice you need to write it into a treatment, which can be developed into a screenplay further down the line. Important Scheduling Notes: Scheduling for private lessons...

Monday Sep 25th, 8am–4pm Pacific Time

30-Day Outline Your Story

L.A. Writers' Lab

THE OUTLINE IS YOUR ROADMAP TO SUCCESS The challenge in outlining a novel, memoir, or screenplay lies in marrying the wildness of your imagination to the rigor of story structure. There is no formula to creating an outline, but there is craft involved. In this five-week workshop, you will discover a process of connecting to the primal forces in your characters to reveal plot. Through this process, you'll discover the foundational elements that...

Wednesday Oct 18th, 1–3pm Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

Meditative Writing

Meditative Writing

SUFFER LESS, WRITE MORE. The techniques of Meditative Writing were developed to address each writer's specific needs. In each of the four workshop sessions, cognitive and meditative exercises are crafted specifically to help you open your mind to new ideas and inspirations, tap into a deeper well or creativity, and write without judgement. These in-class guided meditations will ensure you leave each session with pages upon pages of new...

Saturday Oct 21st, 1–3:30pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

Writing Scripts 101 Level I: 6 Week Workshop

Gotham Writers Workshop

Do you dream of seeing your work performed, up there, somewhere? A spellbinding movie. An addictive TV show. A gripping play. The thrill of dramatic writing is that, if you’re lucky, you get to see your work soar to life once all the elements—the work of directors, designers, cast, crew—are added to the vision of your script. Here you will gain an introduction to writing for movies, TV, and plays, and you’ll also learn techniques fundamental...

Tuesday Oct 10th, 12am–11:45pm Eastern Time

 (7 sessions)


7 sessions

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Introduction to Screenwriting

The Newberry @ 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610

For this class, a cohort of new screenwriters will each take their project from first idea to first revised draft. Along the way we will develop an understanding of the foundations of screenwriting: character, story, and structure. This will be aided by readings from professional screenplays. Finally, the completed first drafts will be workshopped by the class, providing guidance on where their writing can go next. Materials List: Screenwriting...

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6 sessions

Turn Your Movie Idea Into a Screenplay

Discovery Center @ 4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60641

If you have an idea for a movie, this introductory class will show you what you have to do to get that idea on paper in a form that is "pitchable" in Hollywood. This day-long course covers all the basic steps that you will need to take in order to bring your screenplay all the way to Hollywood. You will learn the special needs of Story and Character as they apply to movies. You will walk away from this class with a solid base of knowledge that wll...

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Constructing Your Comedic Screenplay Intensive

The Second City Training Center @ 230 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60610

A sellable screenplay in Hollywood = quit your day job. This class will help you create characters, understand structure and learn to pitch. You'll end this course with an outline of your screenplay idea.

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5 sessions

Constructing Your Comedic Screenplay

The Second City Training Center @ 230 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60610

Understand the keys to making your screenplay sellable in Hollywood. This class will help you create your own story outline, character breakdowns, and treatment. You will leave with a head start and a scheduled plan to finish your original comedic screenplay.

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8 sessions

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