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03/07 Screenwriting I with Carlos de los Rios

Date: March 7, 2013 Time: 4:30PM to 6:30PM Number of sessions: 4 -- Thursdays, March 7, 14, 21, & 28 Members: $120 Nonmembers: $144 Location: Ink Spot, 710 13th St, Studio 210, San Diego, 92101
Learn about screenwriting and develop your movie in this exciting new course!


Screenwriting I will focus on coming up with and tightening a core movie concept that is up to Hollywood’s standards. In this class, beginners as well as experienced writers will be:


• creating core movie concepts that can sell.


• mapping out story structure

• preparing to write a screenplay

• getting ready to “beat-sheet” your story

• thinking like a working screenwriter

• exploring genre options and restrictions

• telling a story that really matters to you and to others

• identifying screenplay structures that will get past modern Hollywood readers

• exploring the state of the screenplay market

Each week there will be a lesson on core concepts and story planning. Students will take that lesson home and apply it to a chosen script concept they are working on in the course. The following week they will “pitch” their latest version of their concept to the group for feedback.


Carlos de los Rios is a working screenwriter and producer who has written acclaimed films for Academy Award winners Lauren Bacall, Harvey Fierstein, Elliot Gould and others.  Carlos has worked on over 30 films and has written and/or produced 7 films.  Carlos lectures throughout California and is a sought after script doctor, writing coach and story consultant.

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