Get a solid grounding in the fundamentals of developing concept, character, story, plot and structure from an accomplished screenwriter.

In the contemporary marketplace, screenwriters must have a fluid grasp of writing for both film and TV.  While each medium has unique challenges and dynamics, they share the same fundamental DNA: story and character.   The seductive exploration of a character will bait an audience into following a story - whether it’s told over the course of two hours or five seasons.

This workshop sets each participant with a story idea on the road to a successful screenplay or teleplay.   Students coming to the workshop without a story idea will still participate in exercises relevant to furthering their understanding of the dynamics being explored.

Suitable for beginners or those ready to face the challenges of gaining a new level of mastery,  the workshop will guide students through the process necessary to shape concepts, develop stories, create strong characters, put them in challenging and dramatic situations and create suspense and tension.  They will explore format, how to write an outline, build a compelling structure, find plot points to turn the drama, develop scenes and sequences, and write dialogue and action.  Most of all, students leave with an understanding of what turns a story into a dynamic work for film or TV.

While the focus is on film and television, many of the principles examined will also have resonance for novelists and playwrights.


Wayne Beach

Wayne Beach has written screenplays for Warner Bros., Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, Sony, TNT, Fox 2000 Pictures, and Village Roadshow Pictures. He has developed projects for the makers of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, THE GREAT GATSBY, LAW & ORDER, SEVEN, OCEAN’S ELEVEN, PLATOON, THE MATRIX and THE PERFECT STORM.

Recently he developed an original television pilot, AMERICAN DREAM, for Sony. The pitch inspired a bidding war between Showtime, FX, and WGN America. He also recently finished an assignment adapting THE GARDEN OF BETRAYAL, a new novel by Lee Vance published by Knopf.

His screenplay credits include MURDER AT 1600 (Warner Bros.) starring Wesley Snipes and Diane Lane; and THE ART OF WAR (Warner Bros.) starring Wesley Snipes. He wrote and directed SLOW BURN (Lionsgate) starring Ray Liotta, LL Cool J, Mekhi Phifer, Jolene Blalock, Taye Diggs and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film was released in 1100 theaters in the U.S.

Beach has also taught screenwriting at Northwestern University and Bates College. Many of his former students have become successful writers, directors, and producers working at the highest levels of film and television. They have written hit TV shows and number one box office hits. Their credits include FRIENDS, BLINDSPOT, ARROW, REVENGE, THE VOW, SUPERGIRL, LIFE AS WE KNOW IT, MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE, BROTHERS & SISTERS, HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, NEVER BEEN KISSED, VALENTINE’S DAY, DAWSON’S CREEK, GREEN LANTERN, BEVERLY HILLS 90210, and others.


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Course Dates

Aug 6 to Aug 12



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