Screenplay Series Workshop

Kickstart your Feature Screenplay:
Writing the First Act

See below for application requirements.

“If there is something wrong with the third act, it’s really in the first act.”
— Billy Wilder

The first act lays the groundwork for your entire story. It is what activates your character, defines their world, the central conflict, the emotional stakes, and sets off the action across the length of your film. It determines if an audience will stay with your story.

In this hands-on screenwriting class led by screenwriter Wanda Nolan, we will use writing in-class exercises, lecture, and film examples to write the first act of your film. In the process we will explore screenwriting elements like:

· Dramatic premise
· Plot (external world)
· Theme (internal world)
· Ethos/World
· Tone and point of view
· Character/Character arcs/Transformation
· Dialog
· Scenes and sequences
· Transitions
· Subplots

This class will be small and intimate. It requires each writer to share their work.

Application Requirements:

• A short synopsis and a one-page long synopsis of your story.
• A four page writing sample.

Email to to submit. Deadline for submissions August 18th.

Notify successful submissions by August 23rd

Workshop will be held on Sept 10th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, Oct. 7th. Workshop fee $150, HST included.