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Screenwriting Series with Kathy Berardi: What Do I Do Once I Finish My Screenplay?

  • The Lovett School, Classroom CC202 4075 Paces Ferry Road Northwest Atlanta, GA, 30327 United States (map)
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The “Screenwriting Series” will be offered once again by the Atlanta Film Society in Fall 2017. This class is ideal for writers new to the art and craft of screenwriting. Attendees will have the opportunity to dive-in Hollywood style with a four-part collaborative workshop series. The series, taught by Kathy Berardi, an independent writer-producer and UCLA MFA Screenwriting alum, embraces the philosophy of learning by doing. Beyond receiving instruction and how-to advice in each class, students will roll up their sleeves and collaborate with the instructor and each other with creative brainstorms, process and content critiques and real-time discussion following in-class viewing of movie examples.

This series also serves as a helpful introduction to writers interested in learning the foundation of screenwriting to prepare themselves to write a full script in the follow up potential Advanced Mentored Workshop class that may be offered next in January/February 2018 (TBD).

CLASS 4: What Do I Do Once I Finish My Screenplay?

DATE: 11/18/17
TIME: 11:00am-2:00pm
LOCATION: The Lovett School, Classroom CC202
PRICE: $50 Non-Members/$40 ATLFS Members | SERIES: $170 Non-Members/$136 ATLFS Members

The entire Screenwriting 101 Series is designed to give new writers the guidance and direction they need to understand the starter elements to writing a screenplay and the know-how to then go off upon completion of the class to finish a script. While the immediate aim of the class itself is for students to write the first 10 script pages, it is important to have an ultimate goal in sight as to what their options are once they do finish their full screenplays. This class will be relevant as a standalone lecture or a conclusion for students who attended previous sessions as to what they should look to achieve once a first draft of their scripts are finished.

Highlights of what will be covered follow:

  • Collecting peer feedback – how to interpret notes received on peer or professional reviews/consultations and determine when to make changes
  • Writing is rewriting – how to maintain the energy and excitement level and putting a process and timeline in place for revisions for the second draft

Students will also receive guidance to help them:

  • Recognize when their screenplays need further work
  • Determine when their scripts are truly ready to be sent out to the industry

Hands outs for reading outside of class will be provided to also help guide students on: 

  • How to ‘qualify’ or have their work recognized by selecting contests/competitions they may consider submitting it to
  • How to find resources for targeting agents, production companies and managers relevant to the genre or specific story your script tells
  • Tips for writing query letters and networking in the industry

Check out Kathy Berardi's instructor bio here!