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Screenwriting Essentials 1 (Spring 2019)

  • 24 Apr 2019
  • 05 Jun 2019
  • 6 sessions
  • 24 Apr 2019, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 01 May 2019, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 15 May 2019, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 22 May 2019, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 29 May 2019, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 05 Jun 2019, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Literacenter, 651 W. Lake St.
  • 3


  • This registration is for students new to Chicago Dramatists.
  • For members of organizations that have a partnership with Chicago Dramatists
  • For new students to Chicago Dramatists, who are also members of organizations partnered with Chicago Dramatists

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Screenwriting Essentials 1

Instructor: Resident Playwright Mary Ruth Clarke—Original Screenwriter of Meet the Parents

Have a story idea for a great Hollywood movie? Or a script you’ve begun to write? Or a play you want to adapt into a motion picture?

This six-week class teaches the realities of how Hollywood evaluates screenplays. It’s not a marketing class, but a deep dive into bringing ideas to life for the Hollywood mindset. It will help you unearth that great hook that will cause a producer to shout, “That’s a movie!”

The class emphasizes visual storytelling and the ever-important logline. We will analyze and map out the classic story structure of a screenplay that went on to be made into an Oscar-winning movie.

There will be ample time allotted to discuss participants’ ideas, stories, structures, and scenes. This class is applicable to any movie genre.

Sessions/Weekday 6 Wednesdays
Start/End Date Apr 24 - Jun 5
Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Notes Does not meet on May 8

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