Intensive Screenwriting Workshop: From Concept to Clapboard

This course is for students who are serious about screenwriting. In this workshop, you'll construct three acts, intensify conflict and build character arcs. You'll learn how to turn a story first into a treatment and then into a feature-length shooting script. We'll discuss the business of screenwriting — the query, the agent, the pitch — and screen relevant films during lunch. In the mornings, there'll be instruction in narrative structure, writing time and individual conferencing with the instructor, and in afternoon seminars you'll carefully critique each other's drafts. Students should plan on bringing a laptop to class.

Who It’s For

This course is for incoming 10th to 12th graders. It is not for those who need remedial writing help, and all students should have a high level of English language proficiency and the stamina to write for longish stretches.


Josephine Cripps has taught English, history and drama in Seattle Public Schools since 2000. She earned her MFA in screenwriting from UCLA and has worked in story development for MGM, United Artists and other motion picture production companies. A recipient of the Washington State Excellence in Journalism Award, she is the author of a novel, Friends and Fortunes. She thinks the best job in the world is teaching young writers a few tricks and then getting out of their way. 

More Information

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Dates & Times

Jun 25–Jul 6, 2018

No class on Jul 4
UW Seattle
9 a.m.–3 p.m.