This class will introduce students to the basic principles of writing for film and television. Students will read screenplays and watch film excerpts to gain an understanding of the possibilities of on-screen storytelling, with the goal of developing a screenplay.
Students are introduced to a range of technical and imaginative concerns through creative exercises and discussions, and exposed to all aspects of the screenwriting process, including generating ideas, developing character arcs and plot structure, and writing and revising drafts. Participants practice their craft with an attentive group of peers, under the guidance of an experienced instructor. They write extensively and participate in candid, helpful critiques of their own work and that of their peers. Students are expected to come to the class with an openness to various approaches toward creative storytelling. Classes are supplemented by conferences with the instructor.
Courses in creative writing are offered in conjunction with the Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Overseen by Chair of Creative Writing Lis Harris, Professor Alan Ziegler, and Director of Creative Writing for Pre-College Programs Christina Rumpf, the creative writing courses are designed to challenge and engage students interested in literary creation, providing them with a substantial foundation for further exploration of their creative work.
Stephanie Choriatis is a film producer of narrative and nonfiction media, primarily focused on education-based storytelling. She works as an educator for hands-on filmmaking and digital media education with students of all ages - from elementary school to college. Stephanie is attending Columbia University’s MFA program in Film, with a concentration in Creative Producing. She is a recipient of the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation Fellowship. Her most recent doc short, Psychiatrist as Patient, is premiering worldwide at various mental health-themed film festivals. Her main goal is to use media to educate and empower others to create impactful media themselves.
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