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This seminar will be an introduction to the craft of screenwriting, including an overview of the ‘fabric’ of story, beginning with basic dramatic structure and progressing to strategies to develop characters who are integral not just to their story world but also to one another. We will also investigate how economical action lines need to be relative to what actually makes it onscreen, as well as how to write with a specific scale of project in mind.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Jon Davis is Director of the MFA in Creative Writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts. For three years he taught screenwriting for the ABC/Disney Summer Film & Television Workshops at IAIA. Short films made from his screenplays have played in festivals across North America.
Ken White teaches Screenwriting in the MFA program at Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. He co-wrote and co-produced the feature film Winter in the Blood, and has adapted Debra Earling's Perma Red for the screen, which he is attached to direct. He is adapting the YA novel Stolen for the screen with Lucy Christopher.