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RALEIGH—Do you have an idea that you think would make a terrific movie? Have you read a book recently—or written one—that you think would translate well to the silver screen?
While a successful film script shares certain characteristics with other successful forms of writing, screenwriting is its own beast entirely, one worthy of deep exploration and consideration before you sit down to write that first line of dialogue.
On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 7:00 pm, screenwriter, playwright, and documentarian Ellen Shepard will lead the online class "Screenwriting: It's Not Like Writing a Novel."
Registration is now closed.
This course is capped at forty (40) registrants, first-come, first-served. There is a $30 fee to register.
Screenwriting is a lean craft, meaning that everything is very succinct: scenes, dialogue, action, and description. We’ll look at the Academy Award Winning screenplay Manchester by the Sea, written by Kenneth Lonergan, as he builds his plot and characters brick-by-brick (scene by scene).
Patricipants will be asked to read the script and come to class ready to discuss it. Manchester by the Sea can be read for free, here.
Ellen Shepard is a critiquer for the North Carolina Writers' Network, focusing on screenwriting and playwriting. She was Assistant Professor of Film Production at Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh, where she developed their BA degree in Film Production and taught classes in Screenwriting, Playwriting, and Documentary Filmmaking. Shepard is also a produced playwright and screenwriter and a member of the WGA. Ellen is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose last film Sitting at God's Table has had numerous screenings across the South, including the NC Museum of History as part of their Billy Graham Exhibit. It also was an Official Selection at the Indigo Moon Film Festival.
"Screenwriting: It's Not Like Writing a Novel" is the North Carolina Writers' Network's second offering in their 2018-2019 Winter Series of online classes.
"This program is a great way for writers from all over North Carolina to connect without having the hassle of driving somewhere and finding parking," said NCWN communications director Charles Fiore. "Online classes offer top-shelf instruction for a fraction of the cost, and the software itself is very intuitive and easy to use."
The online class "Screenwriting: It's Not Like Writing a Novel" is available to anyone with an internet connection, or who even owns just a telephone. Instructions for accessing the online class on Wednesday, January 16, will be sent to registrants no less than twenty-four hours prior to the start of class.
The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.
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GREENSBORO—Today, on #GivingTuesday, we ask you to keep the North Carolina Writers’ Network in mind.
On November 27, please consider donating to the Network to support our mission to connect, promote, educate, and serve the writers of this state (and all others).
This year, we have set a modest fundraising goal of only $1,000.
I like to think that Network is more than just an organization for writers. I view the Network as one way to build vibrant communities. I appreciate that the Network brings together writers who otherwise might not be in conversation.
Actually, I like to think that the Network is a community. It isn’t the board, staff, or offices: the Network is you, and your more than 1,300 fellow writers who belong to the Network.
The Network is a community that offers inspiration, encouragement, and opportunity. The Network offers conferences that bring together hundreds of writers, from all over the state and nation. We offer scholarships and fellowships to deserving young writers, online services and resources, and contests and classes for all sorts of writers, wherever you are—geographically, professionally, or artistically. We help writers escape their offices, their attics, their coffee shops, their own minds, and find their tribe.
Since 1985, the Network has supported thousands of writers. As a Network member, you’re part of one of the largest writing organizations in the United States, and one whose heart is right here in North Carolina.
I know many worthy nonprofits will ask for support during #GivingTuesday on November 27, but please spare a thought—and a few dollars—for the NCWN.
Please visit www.ncwriters.org to give online with a VISA, MasterCard, or Discover. You also can call us at 919.308.3228 or 336.293.8844 to make your gift over the phone, or mail your check to the address below.
All we need is for one-third of you to make a small donation, and we'll meet our goal.
If half of you give, in any amount, we'll beat our goal.
If all of you give, then we'll have some Happy Holidays, indeed.
Yours in writing spirit,
Deonna Kelli Sayed
NCWN Membership Coordinator
P.O. Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120