Introduction to Screenwriting

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Event Overview

With the rise of smartphones and YouTube, it’s easier than ever to be a filmmaker. Anyone can stage, shoot, edit, and distribute a movie for next to nothing. First, however, you need an incredible story—which starts with a watertight screenplay.

In this 3-hour class, taught by Jess Hagemann of Cider Spoon Stories, we’ll cover the following and more:

  • Analysis of contemporary film clips/scripts

  • Screenplay format, including standard page count and layout

  • How to incorporate music cues and camera direction (hint: you don’t)

  • Story beats, themes, and turning points

  • Organic character development

  • Setting-as-character

  • Writing natural dialogue

  • Building montages and mirror sequences

  • Popular screenwriting softwares

  • PLUS: Group workshopping of your scene developed in-class


  1. is a class about writing screenplays

  2. is not a class about shooting, editing, or distributing films

  3. is not a class about landing an agent or securing a talent manager

  4. may touch on the indie film festival circuit, time-permitting

  5. does translate to short scripts for business-related video marketing

  6. is for beginning and intermediate writers, no experience necessary

  7. is inspired by Robert McKee’s StoryYou are not expected to purchase or read this book in advance.

Class fee includes refreshments and all handouts. We will take a break halfway through class. Please bring a notebook and pen or laptop/tablet + charger.

Minimum age

All ages welcome

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Jess Hagemann is an award-winning author and accomplished biographer. She owns and operates a ghostwriting business in Austin called Cider Spoon Stories, through which she helps seniors, veterans, small business owners, and others write the books they've always wanted to.

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