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“Lessons from Screenwriting: Creating Compelling Scenes” with Beverly Chukwu

November 2, 2022 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM CDT

$59.00 – $119.00

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$59 for Members
$119 for Non-Members

All registrants will have access to the class recording for one month.

Many writers have been taught that no scene is greater than the sum of its parts. To some extent, this is true. However, one of the key components for creating compelling forward action in your writing is hidden in the scenes themselves.

Each scene in your script, play, story, or novel must have its own momentum, a tiny arc that plays into the larger story arc of your project. In this course, we’ll take a look at the ways scene is capitalized to make the most compelling narrative journeys in screenplays. You’ll not only analyze what makes a great scene, but you’ll also get the chance to make your own short two-scene sequence that will get you to think about the relationship between scene and narrative “flow.”

This is a class for writers of all disciplines. Whether you’re an emerging screenwriter, a short story writer, a novelist, or a playwright, this course will empower you with the tools for elevating your writing. A compelling scene isn’t a story, but a compelling scene has the power to shift momentum and shape your reader’s relationship with your work; scenes keep them excited!

TAKE THIS CLASS IF

  • You’re writing a novel, short stories, or screenplays.
  • You’d like to make your scenes more powerful and dynamic.
  • You’re starting a new project.
  • You’re an emerging writer, looking to understand the foundation for creating good scenes.
  • You’re a writer of any genre who wants to elevate the narrative momentum of your current work-in-progress.

The deadline to register for this class is Tuesday, November 1 at 5:00 PM CST.

Instructor

Beverly “Bev” Chukwu is a Nigerian American writer, filmmaker, script consultant, and behavior therapist from Garland, TX. She is an MFA alum of the James A. Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin, where she received a fellowship in screenwriting and fiction. Her screenplay, PRINCE OF LAVENDALE STREET, was the feature winner in the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, and an excerpt of her novel-in-progress, OF BROKEN THINGS, was published in Vol. 2 of the I Scream Social Anthology. Bev is a queer writer, who tells stories about assimilation, the allure of groupthink, and characters who struggle with being someone they are not; mental health advocacy for people of the Black diaspora is at the forefront of her work.

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Closed captioning is available for all online classes and special events.

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HOW WLT CLASSES WORK:

Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven’t taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to email the WLT staff at wlt@writersleague.org if you’d like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.

HOW ONLINE CLASSES WORK:

Once you register for the class, you’ll receive an email with detailed instructions no later than 48 hours before the class date. You should expect 2-2.5 hours of direct teaching and 30 minutes of Q&A (for three hours total). If you need to leave the class early or can’t attend the class on that date, all registrants will have access to the recording for one month after the class date. No microphone or camera required, just an Internet connection capable of streaming video. All online classes are hosted on Zoom. To learn more about how Zoom works, click HERE. 

Plan to log in to the online platform an hour before the class so that you can update your software or any other settings required to access the platform. (Updates usually only take a few minutes, but you don’t want to wait until the beginning of class.) Questions? Email us at wlt@writersleague.org.

Cultural Arts City of Austin

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

Texas Commission on the Arts

Writers’ League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts – Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to www.arts.texas.gov.

National Endowment for the Arts

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Mid-America Arts Alliance

This project is supported in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more information, go to www.maaa.org.

Details

Date:
November 2, 2022
Time:
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM CDT
Cost:
$59.00 – $119.00
Event Categories:
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Venue

Online via Zoom