2020.02.08 Introductory Screenwriting – Vancouver

***Raindance members and ACTRA/UBCP members get 20% off this course
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020 – 10.00am – 6.00pm

Location: Brightside Cinema Studio – 1193 Grant Street Vancouver BC V6A 2J7

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Everyone in the industry is crying out for scripts. Finding the quality material is the challenging part. This is where instructor Michelle Muldoon steps in. Her easy-to-understand Introductory Screenwriting is the perfect place for anyone contemplating a movie script.

About Introductory Screenwriting
– an intensive one day course.

Location: 1193 Grant Street Vancouver BC V6A 2J7

This powerful information-packed day will give you the basic tools and information you need to write a feature-length screenplay or short film. The day is part lecture, part discussion, part writing exercises.

We will be covering proper screenplay structure, including formatting. We will discuss the difference between a tagline, logline, synopsis and treatment. Participants will work on their own logline for their most recent project.

Through discussion and in-class exercises we will learn how to develop complex, interesting characters.

We will discuss writing for low budget filmmaking and culminate with a discussion of marketing yourself as a screenwriter, including networking techniques and online opportunities.

Who is it for?

This course is for new and emerging screenwriters or seasoned writers from other disciplines, or professionals working in other departments of filmmaking (directors, actors, and crew) who want to learn how to write for the screen. We cover the rules, such as screenplay formatting, and story structure. If you have a project in mind, we could help you hone and sharpen it. If you don’t, we could plant the seed.

Introduction to Screenwriting is not just for screenwriters. If you have an interest in storytelling or characters, or how screenplays are read and interpreted, bought and sold, then this is the class for you. Learn what makes a great screenplay and how the craft is measured by professionals.

Who Should Attend?

This is a great entry point for writers, directors, producers, actors, filmmakers, film crew, writers from other mediums, and anyone with an interest in how screenplays are written and how they are marketed and sold.

What will I get?

You will leave the workshop with the tools and techniques you will need to write a feature-length or short screenplay, the inspiration for your project, a notebook full of ideas, story notes and new contacts.

What you will learn:

Part 1: Writing The Screenplay

Have you ever had an idea for a movie? Let Michelle Muldoon explain the basic principles of writing screenplays and demonstrate the powerful storytelling tools used by the professionals.

  • Finding an idea
  • Basic rules of writing
  • Proper screenplay structure
  • FORMATTING: The single easiest way for a reader to know if you are serious about screenwriting.


2. Developing your characters

A story is really about the relationship between the different characters. The trick is how to create compelling characters that draw in your audience.

  • Writer’s techniques for creating complex characters
  • Character function
  • The importance of character “tells” and flaws
  • The importance of cause and effect for your character’s journey

1 Hour Lunch

3. Writing Effective Dialogue and Scene Direction

What makes great dialogue? How does dialogue influence character? How does scene direction affect tone and feel of a story? What makes scene direction an effective component of a screenplay?

  • Scene Direction structure
  • Words that reflect tone and style
  • Rules for writing effective dialogue
  • In class writing exercises to practice dialogue techniques


4. Writing for Low Budget Filmmaking & Networking

 Chances are pretty good that the first script you write gets made on a ridiculously low-to-no budget. This is a fact. Learn how to write for low budget filmmaking.  The film is a people industry. Learn why the “overnight success” story is never what it appears to be.

  • Writing for low budget filmmaking
  • Online resources
  • Query Letters
  • Networking and the value of Contests, Film Festival Competitions, Pitch Events

Networking drinks

We retire to a nearby bar for networking drinks. Discuss your ideas with fellow participants. find collaborators. or just come and hang out. the beer is cold and delicious.

About the Instructor – Michelle Muldoon


Michelle Muldoon is an award-winning screenwriter who believes the primary foundation of great visual content is rooted in the bravest of acts; placing pencil to paper. Michelle has won screenwriting awards at The Las Vegas International Screenplay Competition, the SOCAL Film Festival, and the NOVA Film Festival, among others.  She is currently in pre-production on Last Stand to Nowhere, a concept short film designed to promote a larger all-female Western project. Michelle successfully raised close to $20,000 through the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo in order to make the project happen.

Michelle Muldoon is a former Board Member of Women in Film and Television Vancouver, has contributed articles to Hollywood Scriptwriter, and is the creator and producer of two screenplay competitions; the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival Screenplay Competition, and the Action on Film (AOF) International Film Festival alumni writers’ event, The Writers Room.

What they’re saying:

“What an amazing course! Michelle is such a fountain of information. She makes the class fun and puts you at ease with her warm & friendly personality. It was great to see how our writing changed from the start of the class to the finish”

Joanne Hope

“The Instructor Michelle was very informative & engaging. The information was concise & clear leaving very little room for any follow up questions. I would definitely recommend the course to new as well as experienced screenwriters.”

Patrick Wong

“I highly recommend this workshop to whoever doesn’t want to give up their dream of telling stories.”

Loic Freynet

“It was a perfect introduction to screenwriting. I’ve come away wit a clear understanding on how to turn my idea into a screenplay – even if it sucks :)”

Adam Kelway

Did you know?

  • Raindance members save 20% on this course? You can join online >HERE< and start saving immediately
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  • The Raindance Guarantee: If this course fails to meet your expectations, let us know at lunchtime on the first day and we will make a full, 100% no-questions-asked refund

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