Basic Screenwriting Seminar

05 October 2013 10:30 AM till 05:00 PM

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Event Description

A one-day intensive seminar where you'll learn about characters and characterization, narrative structure, visualization, story boarding, dialogue, script formatting, and more. No experience is necessary!


The seminar is a combination of  instruction and hands-on activities connected to a variety of video clips. There are individual as well as interactive exercises designed to reinforce concepts introduced throughout the day. As a bonus, participants receive a complimentary package filled with useful information they will refer to again and again after the seminar.


The Basic Screenwriting Seminar is a day designed to kick start your creativity. Not only will you get the tools you need to write your own screenplay, you'll meet others who share your passion for writing.



$150 -- Register by Sep. 30th at midnight





Wish I could have taken this long ago.
Mary Ann Taylor

I thought I knew the basics from reading online and websites, but I didn't. I took away a lot from this class and can't wait to get started on my script.
Vanessa Crimi


Elizabeth is very patient. She makes class fun! A very generous and warm teacher.
David Turpie

  The seminar went beyond my expectation. I'm almost sad to say goodbye. The participants, and you, were so interesting. There was a lot of heart. ~ Kathryn Ayres   Well organized and executed. The seminar works for people of all levels. ~ Dan


What I appreciated most was the exercises on editing scenes with a lot of dialogue. The seminar also helped me understand how important it is to show others what only you are seeing. Descriptions are as important as dialogue!

~ Paula Lopes


Elizabeth, your Basic Screenwrting Seminar was exactly what I was looking for. It was a great overview of the essential activities involved in writing a screenplay. It really dymistified the process for me. Iespecially liked the practical content in your workbook and I'm sure I will be able to use it in the future. If this doesn't get me started, nothing will!

 --- Shaun Fawcett, M.B.A.

 Thank you for a great seminar. I really enjoyed meeting you, loved your teaching style and got a lot out of the class. As a bonus, I felt that we all got along really well. It was a great day!  Please let us know if you will be returning to Toronto to host any other classes.

-- Many thanks, Laura


Elizabeth, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the seminar yesterday! It was exactly what I had hoped it to be, so informative, and it gave me a great new perspective for my acting work as well as a fresh new start to my writing. I had a great day and the time flew by!

-- Natalie Roy




Writing is a passion of mine, whether it is poetry, journalism, screenwriting or anything else. With over 20 years of teaching experience, I am a skillful workshop facilitator. I take great joy in cultivating environments where creativity can flourish for people both in my classes at university and in the private workshops I run. My book No Small Potatoes, for which I was awarded a Canada Council Writing Grant, was published in 2008. In 2013, I was awarded a professional development grant from CUPFA to write, direct and produce the forthcoming video poem entitled Keepsake. As well, I was a script consultant for a short film that showed at Cannes this year. Currently, I am working on a promotional video for Concordia University.


Other workshops by Elizabeth: Polish & Pitch, Life Writing



1. If you change your mind up to four weeks before the start of any seminar or workshop, refunds less $40 will happily be given.
2. If you change your mind up to two weeks before the start of any seminar or workshop, a refund less $60 will happily be given.
3. Or, you can wait until the next seminar or workshop series. (Expires one year from date of purchase.)
4. There are no refunds for manuscript evaluations or personal consultations.


Occurs On

05 October 2013

10:30 AM

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Hurley's Irish Pub
1225 Crescent Street
H3G 2B1

About the organizer

Own Your Creativity
Elizabeth Johnston is a freelance writer who teaches at Concordia University in Montreal.

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