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Screenwriting (in-person class)

January 17, 2024 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST

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Michael Cordell

Instructor: Michael Cordell
$170 Members | $185 Nonmembers
Wednesdays, 1/17/24 – 3/13/24 (no class 2/14/24) | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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Learn the fundamentals of screenwriting to increase the odds of getting your script read. This class covers key elements of screenwriting, including story structure, character development, dialogue, and exposition. We’ll talk about how Hollywood thinks (to the extent that anyone knows how Hollywood thinks), and the class will also be encouraged to submit a story outline or the first ten pages of a screenplay for class critique. The main focus is writing the commercial screenplay, but the elements discussed will be relevant to most good storytelling. 

Michael Cordell has been writing screenplays for over twenty years. He has sold three screenplays to Hollywood studios, one of which was produced into a feature film starring Harvey Keitel. He is also a novelist, whose first novel, Contempt, was an Amazon Top Ten legal thriller, and his second novel, Our Trespasses, was a winner of the Silver Falchion award for best supernatural thriller.

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January 17, 2024
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Michael Cordell


508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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