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8 Week Screenwriting Class - discount this week only for taking both in series!


This Saturday (Sept 20th) from 10am-2pm, AFI grad Brian Armes is teaching the one day workshop "Hollywood 101: Screenwriting Do’s, Don’ts & Why’s"

Hollywood 101 is designed not only for writers but directors, producers and anyone wanting to understand what Hollywood is looking for in a screenplay and how it moves from script to screen.

We are very excited to announce the next class "Hollywood 102: Writing Your First Draft in 8 Weeks Mondays"

This eight-week course is a compliment Hollywood 101 and is designed to move writers from concept through first draft in eight weeks. This will be a small class so sign up soon! 

This week only save $10 by signing up for both Hollywood 101 & 102!

This Saturday! Hollywood 101: Screenwriting Do’s, Don’ts & Why’s
Saturday September 20th 2014 / TIME: 10am - 2pm
$40 - Learn the "do"s, the "do not"s and the all important "why"s essential to the craft of Screenwriting
more info/register »

*NEW* Hollywood 102:  Writing Your First Draft in 8 Weeks
Mondays, October 6 – November 24 / TIME: 6:30-8:30pm
$160 - Taking your project from concept to first draft. This will be a small class so sign up soon! 
See full description below or more info/register »

THIS WEEK ONLY! SAVE $10 - Register for both Hollywood 101 & 102 
$190 - Get a discount when you sign up for both classes!
more info/register »

And don't forget about Wednesday's acting class: 
Actor’s Gym: The Road To Becoming A Professional Actor
Every Wednesday / TIME: 6:30-8:30pm
$65/month - Learn to create dynamic characters and how to work as an actor. Actor's Gym for TEENs coming soon!
more info/register »

Hollywood 102:  Writing Your First Draft in 8 Weeks

Taking your project from concept to first draft.

DATE: Mondays, October 6 – November 24
TIME: 6:30-8:30pm
COST: $160 

  • Are you someone who has had an idea that could make a great movie, but didn't know where to start? 
  • Have you tried to write a screenplay, but got hung up in Act II? 
  • Or are you a seasoned writer looking to sharpen your writing tool kit? 
  • If you have been waiting for a chance to dive into the film business and become a screenwriter, your time has come!

This eight-week course is designed to move writers from concept through first draft in eight weeks.  Through a process of learning theory, seeing it at work in existing movies, then applying it your own work, writers will be challenged and encouraged in their own projects.  Each week will focus on a different step in the process, beginning with story concept, moving to character creation and structures, pre-writing strategies, and then the practice of writing as students draft their feature screenplays.  Along the way, students will have opportunities to share their experiences and build workshop relationships as they all drive toward the first draft goal.

  • Acquire Tools and Develop Skills to Save Time, Headaches, and Drafts
  • Create Character-Driven Scripts that Connect with Readers and Audiences
  • Write a Complete First Draft of a Feature Film Screenplay
  • Build Relationships with other Screenwriters

Concepts Covered:

  • Setting Up Stories Through Structural Thinking
  • Common Story Structures and how to Use Them To Tell their Stories
  • Character Construction Techniques to Build Three-Dimensional Characters
  • Developing Character-Driven Stories
  • Outlining Strategies that Will Guide the Writing Process
  • How To Craft a Vital First 10 Pages and an Act I full to Possibility
  • Persevering Through Act II
  • Brining it all Home in Act III
  • Daily Writing Strategies
  • Preparing for Workshops and Rewrites

Instructor Bio:
Brian W. Armes has overseen production

on over 170 short films and taught filmmaking classes for high schools and colleges across the country.  He earned a B.A. in Writing from Taylor University and an M.F.A. in Producing from The American Film Institute Conservatory where he studied with D.C. Fontana (Star Trek) and Neil Canton (Back to the Future).  He was second assistant director on the independent feature film What Love Is.  As a director/producer, Brian has helmed several short films, music videos, and stage productions, including a 2013 staging of The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie and in 2014 original production Apocalyptic (both in Lexington, KY).  Over the past two years, Brian taught Cinema History at Eastern Kentucky University and variety of writing, directing, and producing classes at the Art Institute of Ohio – Cincinnati.  A recent transplant to Athens, he is currently in rehearsal for the Circle Ensemble Theatre's October 2014 production of Romeo and Juliet and developing feature film projects to shoot in Athens.


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