Screenwriting Mini-Workshop: The Tools to Tell Your Story

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Screenwriting Mini-Workshop: The Tools to Tell Your Story


Level: All

Location: Online
Duration: 2 Days
Begins: March 24, 2018
Ends: March 25, 2018


This is a two-day online workshop.

Would you like to learn what tools you need to sell a screenplay or TV pilot to a producer, film studio or TV network? Or, what you need to approach an agent for representation? There are a few important elements every screenwriter must have to get their foot inside a potential buyer’s door.

Pen & Paper Screenwriting Instructor, Senta Scarborough is here to help.

In this workshop, you will learn precisely what you need to both tell your story and to sell it: logline, treatment, query letter, and pitch.

Senta will cover what a logline is, its purpose and how to successfully craft one for your screen story. Once you have a logline, the next step is to write a synopsis, also known as a treatment. A treatment consists of major scenes and sequences of a screenplay or TV pilot written out. It is usually 15 to 20 pages long. You will learn not only how to write one but how to create the best guide to both writing and promoting your script. Senta will also provide you with the guidelines for writing query letters recipients will respond to.

And then, there’s “The Pitch.” A pitch is the key that opens the door and gets you into a second meeting or a decision to read your script. Everyone needs to be prepared to pitch their story but how do you know what you should and shouldn’t include? Senta will teach you how to ace your one-minute pitch. You will learn about the ten elements every pitch should include.

By the end of the two days, you should have a new set of tools in your screenwriting (and selling) toolkit. Those important basics every screenwriter must have, and understand, on their path to making that first dream sale.

 Instructor Bio

Senta Scarborough is an award-winning journalist and Emmy® Award-nominated producer, in addition to being a screenwriter. Current screenplays include crime dramas inspired by her time in Southern Appalachia and the borderlands of the Southwest. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California Riverside/Palm Desert. She also holds a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA Extension Writers Program and is a graduate of the USC Cinematic Arts Summer (screenwriting) Program. She is a former senior investigative reporter and long-form narrative writer for E! News and E! Online. She spent nearly a decade covering crime as a staff writer for The Arizona Republic. Her work has appeared in USA Today, US Weekly magazine and Asheville Poetry Review, among others. She currently serves on the board of directors for the National Gay and Lesbian Journalist’s Association. She earned a B.A. in English and Political Science and a B.S. in Philosophy and Religion from Radford University. A Virginia native, she now lives in Los Angeles with her wife and their dog.