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Poetic Screenwriting

All Levels | A screenplay consists of dramatic structure, action, and dialogue; we will learn the mechanics and techniques of screenwriting, using poetry as a starting point. Students will select a poem to translate into a one-act script, playing around with dialogue, character, and stage direction to turn words on the page into words in action. They will leave the class with a better understanding of the discipline of screenwriting, as well as a finished script for a short film.

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.

Instructor: Rose McAleese

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Term: Summer 2021

Start Date: 07/22/2021

End Date: 08/26/2021

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Rose McAleese

Rose McAleese was born on Halloween night in Seattle, Washington, where she was delivered by a doctor in a giant spider costume, which has pretty much set the tone for the rest of her life. After the short film she wrote and directed about her dyslexia won the Grand Jury Prize at the SIFF Young Filmmakers Festival, she was hired as a PA for a feature-film company there where she worked for three years. She moved to Los Angeles in 2014 because she figured that what this city needed was one more writer.

But Rose talks as good a game as she writes. She began her performance career as a spoken-word artist in 2006, representing Seattle in eight BNV and NPS national poetry competitions before finally deciding it was time to get off the stage, stop ranting and write for a while. That hiatus produced the book Strong. Female. Character., a collection of poems dedicated to her favorite movie stereotype. Her freelance journalism has appeared in several print and online publications including The New York Times. She has also been a featured speaker at TedxWomen and Talks at Google.

While living in Seattle, Rose studied at the prestigious women writer’s collective Hedgebrook, focusing on screenwriting, television writing, non-fiction writing, and memoir development in juried classes with dramatist and screenwriter Winnie Holzman, writer/director/producer Robin Swicord, television writer, and producer Felicia D. Henderson, and novelist Hannah Tinti. She is also Alumni of Hugo’s House of several classes which is why she’s so excited to teach this time!

After moving to Los Angeles, she was awarded a year-long paid fellowship in the Universal Pictures Emerging Writers Fellowship Program in 2016-2017. She has also been staffed as a writer for the second season of The Quad, a television drama on BET, writer, and consulting producer for the Netflix’s comedy series SNEAKERHEADS. Her most recent work was writing jokes for Netflix’s AMERICAN PIE: Girls’ Rule.

Rose continues to reside full-time in Los Angeles because she figures what this city needs is one more writer.

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