Screenwriting Workshops, Panels and Events
To register for the full conference and enroll in a workshop or critical seminar, click on the button below. All keynote talks, panels, one-day workshops, readings and special events are included in general registration, as is attendance at the Poetry Symposium each afternoon. All three-day Workshops and three-day Critical Seminars require an additional fee of $200.
Angela Alaimo O'Donnell is a writer, poet and professor at Fordham University in New York City, where she teaches English, Creative Writing and American Catholic Studies. She also serves as Associate Director of the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. She attended Writing the Rockies in 2015, moderating the panel "'Custodians of Memory': Poetry & Memoir." Given the many disciplines we present at the conference, Angela attended the screening of Michael Bergmann's independent film "Influence," and wrote this wonderful column about it for America: The National Catholic Review. Thanks, Angela, for the very good press about Michael's film, which we were privileged to screen. Join us this year for another set of equally exciting and innovative panels and workshops about screenwriting, along with screened films with the screenwriters in attendance.
Screenwriting Panel #1: “Getting It Done: Writing Habits, Tricks of Motivation, and the Particular Ways Screenwriters Look for Inspiration.” J S Mayank, Moderator, with John Bowman and Trai Cartwright.
Saturday, July 21, 2-4 p.m., Taylor Hall 205
To see full biographies of the panelists, click each speaker's name below:
SCREENWRITING ONE-DAY WORKSHOPS
Screenwriting One-Day Workshop #1: "Nothing Good Ever Comes Out of the Fog: How Theme Drives Stories." Instructor: Trai Cartwright.
Thursday, July 19, 2-4 p.m., Taylor Hall 205
Film and TV are theme-driven media, and when a film or a show fails to connect emotionally to the audience, it’s often because the makers didn’t fully understand the heart or the message of their story. This seminar dives deep into the layers (upon layers) of theme at work in all great films and TV shows, and analyzes how those themes got there. From the opening shot to the closing—even if that closing is seven seasons later!—learn how theme drives story.
Screenwriting One-Day Workshop #2: "IP Is the Name of the Game." Instructor: JS Mayank.
Saturday, July 21, 8:30-10 a.m., Taylor Hall 201
JS will discuss Hollywood’s obsession with pre-existing properties, and how to use it to your advantage to break in.
SCREENWRITING THREE-DAY WORKSHOP
All Three-Day Workshops and Critical Seminars meet Thursday, 7/19, Saturday, 7/21, and Sunday, 7/22, from 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Cost: $200 in addition to registration.
Screenwriting Three-Day Workshop: "Writing the TV Pilot." Instructor: John Bowman.
Location: Taylor Hall 205
This workshop is designed to simulate the TV development process for the pilot of a potential half-hour comedy series. Students, working in a collegial "Writer's Room" atmosphere, will be encouraged to generate ideas, characters and themes that reflect aspects of their own life experience, thus building a personal connection to the proposed series. Our goal is for each student to generate a show pitch, complete with a description of the show's characters and world. Why this show, why now?
All Screenings are included in General Registration. Tickets to each screening are also available at the door to members of the public for $10 / $5 students.
All screenings take place at the University Center Theater.
Screening #1: "Clapter: Enemy of the Satirist." Presented by John Bowman.
Thursday, July 19, 7:30-9 p.m., University Center Theater
"Clapter" is what a satirist gets when an audience agrees with the political point, but doesn't think what is presented is necessarily funny. This screening will include sketches from Saturday Night Live, In Living Color and other shows on which I have worked, to examine some of the tensions between a writer's political beliefs and the need to entertain. The underlying point is that the best sketches illuminate a politician's character, as opposed to his or her ideas. We will also explore how actors can change the perception of the politician they are portraying. Amy Poehler presented Hillary Clinton as a smart woman with a bit of warmth. Kate McKinnon portrayed Hillary as a woman hollowed out by her lifelong political ambitions. Did this cost Hillary 70,000 votes in PA, MI and WI?
Screening #2: "Highlights from the Upcoming 2018 Crested Butte Film Festival." Presented by screenwriter and Crested Butte Film Festival Co-Director Michael Brody.
Saturday, July 21, 4-5:30 p.m., University Center Theater
Screening #3: "How Murray Saved Christmas." Presented by Mike Reiss.
Sunday, July 22, 4-5:30 p.m., University Center Theater