If Shakespeare were alive today, he’d be writing for film and television. This program is for writers seeking to transform a story, an idea, concept or treatment into a feature script or television pilot, as well as writers revising first draft pages into a polished second draft.

Together we will:

  • Learn the bones of dramatic structure and effective storytelling.
  • Discuss basic elements of scene and story.
  • Explore writing exercises to develop and deepen characters.
  • Work on technique for composing effective dialogue and writing taut screen directions.
  • Workshop our work in a safe supportive environment.
  • Hone our skills as editors and critics.

Peter Behrens is a member of the Writers Guild of America (West) and spent several years in Los Angeles writing screenplays and teleplays before his first novel The Law of Dreams won the Governor General’s Award for Literature in 2006. He has taught at Simon Fraser University’s Praxis Screenwriters Workshop,  UCLA’s School of Theater Film & Television, and Colorado College. Behrens taught screenwriting as the 2017 Mordecai Richler Distinguished Visiting Writer at Concordia University. He has held a Wallace Stegner Writing Fellowship at Stanford University and was a 2015-16 Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. His novel Carry Me won The Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature. peterbehrens.org

TUITION: $565 CDN / 5 nights (meals & accommodation extra)

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