Jul 20 - Sep 19
Screenwriting: Revising Your Feature
Registration is now closed for this session.
Q Terah Jackson

Course applications are now closed. APPLICATION DEADLINE WAS: Tuesday, June 22 at 2pm PT. 

Acceptances start after the deadline, and occur on a rolling basis.


Revise your feature film screenplay, with an accomplished screenwriter as your guide. In this intensive live, eight-week online course, you will rewrite your screenplay through assignments and feedback from small group workshops.


In class sessions, you will examine successful screenplays, gain a deeper understanding of core screenwriting concepts and how they move from script to screen. You will then move into a small group breakout session with a course advisor where you will workshop your writing and those of your peers, and continue to revise your script. The course concludes with a one-on-one mentoring session with your advisor focused on your project.


By the end of the course, you will:

  • sharpen your understanding of screenplay structure.
  • hone your major dramatic question.
  • refine the world and tone for your screenplay.
  • further develop your characters, their dramatic problems, and antagonists.
  • sharpen your dialogue.
  • learn how to give notes to your peers and process notes from your peers and advisors.
  • understand how to approach a rewrite.

This course is ideal for:

  • writers who have completed a draft of their feature-length screenplay and are looking for guidance from other writers and/or experienced screenwriters in revising their screenplay.
  • writers who have completed a full draft of their feature-length screenplay and want to receive more formal education about screenwriting and/or want to take their work into a workshop setting.

Participants will be placed in small group workshops of about nine. To apply, you should have completed a draft of the screenplay you plan to work on in the course.



COURSE DETAILS

The course will be held live in our virtual classroom. All sessions are recorded for registered participants who are unable to attend live. If you have any questions about the course, please email collab_courses@sundance.org.


  • DURATION: Eight weeks, July 20 - September 19
  • SCHEDULE: Tuesday, 1pm - 3:30pm PT
    • No Class: Tuesday, August 10 - Sundance Institute Week
    • Extended last class session: Tuesday, September 7 - 1pm - 4pm PT
    • One-on-one mentoring sessions are held between Sep 13 - Sep 19


Sundance Co//ab provides accommodations and support services to participants with disabilities. Accommodations and services are designed to meet the needs of each participant. Please email us at accessibility@sundance.org to arrange for services. 

Instructor
Q. Terah Jackson uses historical dramas and science fiction to examine personal and public questions about the human condition. His achievements in writing have been honored by his alma maters – the American Film Institute Conservatory (AFI) and Howard University, by the Writers Guild of America-West, and by Film Independent, and received attention from the Nichols Fellowship. more...
Advisor
Kimberly Barrante is the geeky offspring of a chemist and a librarian. She began her career as a playwright in New York City, after receiving a BA from Emerson College. She received her MFA in Dramatic Writing at Tisch NYU before moving to Los Angeles. more...
Advisor
Julia Camara is a Brazilian writer/filmmaker. Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, she freelanced for years as a Portuguese translator for film and television subtitling. She has written and directed several award-winning short films. Her feature directorial debut IN TRANSIT, an experimental drama shot mostly in one day and with improvised dialogue, won Best Experimental Film at four different festivals. more...
Advisor
Jay D. Waxman is an award winning writer, producer and content creator. His original screenplay, HENCHMEN, about the union that provides “staffing solutions” for super villains, was turned into an animated feature by BRON Animation, starring Thomas Middleditch, James Marsden and Rosario Dawson. Jay Is the author of the children’s book IF I WERE FOOD and recently wrote an episode of MIGHTY EXPRESS, an animated pre-school series on Netflix. more...

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