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Write a Script that Doesn’t Suck

With Sam Wolfson

  • Starts Apr 19
  • 900 US dollars
  • Zoom

Going fast


About this retreat

Fridays, 10 am – 12 pm PST (Zoom) April 19 – May 24, 2024 Fee: $900 TO AVOID FEES, please select "Pay Manually" at checkout and send the fee by Zelle to meghan@theunspeakeasy.com OR inquire about sending a check. Pretty much everyone on the planet thinks they have a great idea for a movie, and a few of them actually do. But ideas are the easy part. Actually sitting down and writing the thing—well, that can be torture. This course aims to minimize the pain and maximize the fun of screenwriting by helping students get fluent in the key elements of a great script: structure, dialogue, conflict, characters, description, formatting, and theme. Creating and choosing the right scenes for a script is a shapeshifting, seemingly never-ending puzzle; this course aims to help the writer put those pieces together. It’s all about taking a holistic creative approach to learn the craft of screenwriting in conjunction with the lost art of taking criticism; not just how to implement a good suggestion that comes your way, but how to embrace a critique you disagree with and still find a way to spin it into something useful. Through reading and moderating discussions of students’ works-in-progress, plus lots of nerdy talk about why certain movies and shows just work and others don’t, Sam will equip each writer to craft scripts that have a singular vision and tell a killer story. He’ll also share his personal tales from the frontlines of Hollywood, particularly in how he achieved commercial success by writing characters based on his own experiences and those who differed radically from him in virtually every way—on the surface, anyway. Sam Wolfson is the writer of the Netflix hit YA rom-com Tall Girl, and the follow up smash hit Tall Girl 2. His TV credits include writing for all three seasons of the hit Disney Channel comedy And Mack, the hit MTV drama Finding Carter and the reboot of Lizzie Maguire for Disney Plus. His theater credits include co-writing Jewtopia, one of the longest running and fastest recouping productions in Off-Broadway history. The play had licensed productions all over the world. His second original play, Playdates, ran for over a year in Los Angeles to sold out crowds. He co-penned Jewtopia; The Chosen Book for the Chosen People, which was published by Warner Books. He’s also sold a bunch of other pilots to a bunch of other networks and streamers, but the projects never get made, so let’s not dwell on it.


Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your enrollment in our online writing course, you must do so at least 14 days before the course begins for a full refund. Cancellations made within 14 days to 72 hours before the course start date will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made less than 72 hours before the course starts.


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