Master Classes are in-depth, interactive learning experiences focused on craft and career building and led by renowned industry experts. Topics include fiction and documentary filmmaking, TV writing and production, and navigating and succeeding in the entertainment industry.

“Hope is taking action.” – Greta Thunberg, climate activist

Forest fires, drought, record-breaking heat, sea-level rise, hurricanes… The effects of climate change impact us on a daily basis, and more than two-thirds of American audiences want to see these stories on screen. However, a recent study found that less than 0.56% of scripted TV and film mention the term ‘climate change.’ In this live and interactive three-hour Master Class, you will learn to activate your storytelling to address this existential crisis.

Led by writer, consultant, activist, and educator Jessie Keyt, Changing the Narrative: Climate Representation in Film and TV will introduce you to the multiple sub-genres of climate storytelling (e.g., cli-fi, indigenous knowledge, ecodramas), discuss the differences between writing for film and television, and expose you to a variety of formats, from shorts to features. You’ll learn to tell stories that can engage wider audiences by thinking about the spectrum of climate representation, incorporating humor into your storytelling, and examining how structural forms impact your climate message. Throughout the session, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in live exercises to deepen your understanding of climate representation. Storytelling is one of our most powerful tools; this course will help all screenwriters understand how to wield this tool effectively as it relates to our environment.

Topics include:

  • Identifying compelling climate stories
  • Climate storytelling models in film
  • Climate storytelling models in episodic series
  • The impact of narrative structure
  • Climate as Metaphor
  • Overcoming imposter syndrome
  • Reframing familiar stories through a climate change lens
  • Widening your audience
  • Ethical considerations and inclusivity
  • Effective collaboration
  • Research tips and tricks
  • Resources for ongoing learning and support

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A recording of this Master Class will be posted the next business day following the session. All registered attendees will find the recording in the “Purchases” section of their account once it is posted.

Jessie Keyt is a writer and consultant for writers, filmmakers, and production companies in the US, UK, Europe, and India. Clients have included Working Title, Nickelodeon, 9 Story Media, Alicia Keys, Cine Qua Non Film Lab, and Amplifier Fellowship (Film Independent/Netflix). Her book ALTERNATIVE SCRIPTING: CONTEMPORARY STORYTELLING FOR THE SCREEN was published in 2023. Her screenwriting has been recognized by Euroscipt/MEDIA II, the Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab, the Chesterfield/Writers’ Film Project (Paramount), the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, and the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition, and her award-winning feature film, SKIN, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008 and received worldwide theatrical release the following year. Her plays have been produced at the Cherry Lane Theater in New York City and Manhattan Theater Source. Her nonfiction and fiction has been published widely and awarded a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference residency, a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, and a Columbia Writing Program Fellowship. more...

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