workshop description

Have you ever wanted to write a screenplay but not known where to begin? This workshop starts with the basics: understanding structure, story/plot, and character. Through a series of in-class exercises, you will begin to master the tools of combining these elements into a screenplay. Students may come to class with screenplays they are already working on, an idea they want to turn into a screenplay, or simply a desire to begin writing. Fiction writers looking to gain greater understanding of plot and story structure will also benefit.


•    This workshop is open to all levels on a first-come, first-served basis and requires no advance submission. The cost is $550. Minimum deposit of $100 is required to register, with the balance due after 30 days. Enrollment is now open. Scroll to the bottom of this page to make payment.

•    Students should bring a computer with screenwriting software installed.  Final Draft or Screenwriter are recommended but if you’re not able to make that financial commitment there are free applications such as Celtex and Amazon has a free online application as well.

•    Recommended reading:  Screenplay by Syd Field and The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler.

•    Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full.

Financial Assistance is available to those who would not otherwise be able to attend—click here for guidelines and application.

about Michael Maren

Michael Maren is a screenwriter and director. He’s written scripts for HBO, Sony Pictures, and many independent producers. His film, A Short History of Decay was described as “beautiful and moving” by New York Magazine. His newest project is an adaptation of the novel Shriver, which he is preparing to direct. He has taught screenwriting at Wesleyan University, The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and the Taos Summer Writers’ Workshop.