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Where: Philadelphia Soundstages, 1600 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia, Pa 19122

When: Session 1 Tuesday nights from 7:00pm-9:30pm on the following dates; August 23, August 30, September 6, September 13, September 20 and September 27.

Session 1 Registration:

For $60 discount, enter promo code: pfswrites1

Session 2 will meet Tuesday nights from 7:00pm-9:30pm on the following dates; October 25, November 1, November 8, November 15, November 22 and November 29.

Session 2 Registration:

For $60 discount, enter promo code: pfswrites2

About the Course

Free the writer within! This new workshop is designed to be interactive and motivating — giving students the opportunity to create and write swiftly through their screenplay. Topics and exercises include how to generate a wealth of story ideas, 3-act structure, character arcs. The workshop is driven by the basic fundamentals, and covers genre, structure building, dialogue, how to write moving pictures and much more. This course makes writing FUN and promises to inspire those who have a movie in their minds, but need to get it on the page.


1. Statement of Purpose: To free writers to write and provide interactive screenwriting fundamentals (beginner or advanced) as participants write their scripts. The fundamentals include development of viable cinematic ideas, how to write a visual and moving story, film script structure and character arcs. The course’s greatest purpose is to house all these fundamentals in a fun workshop designed to stimulate ideas, free writers to talk about their stories and incite enthusiasm.

2. Learning Objectives: Upon completion of the course writers will have a full outline of their feature film script and a first act/first ten pages of that script.

Students will gain an understanding of:

a) story structure through character and plot development,

b) writing a visual story,

c) key terms including premise, theme, plot, sub-plot, back-story, narration, tone, rhythm and main character motivation and

d) storytelling.

3. Content Outline: At each meeting, two or three students will make copies of their written work available to their peers for the following class, where they will cast and read the scripts. This gives the writers an opportunity to receive constructive criticism from their peers and decide what feedback is useful as they develop their scripts. The class will learn how to give feedback by identifying and using basic storytelling fundamentals. The instructor will collect and review all written work at the end of class.

Class 1 – Introduction and Idea Development

Class 2 Student Work/ Idea Discussion and Three-Act Structure

Class 3 – Character and Critiquing Others Work

Class 4 – Narrative Storytelling and Subplot

Class 5 – Character

Class 6 – Writing Visually and Dialogue


About the Instructor

Nanci Gaglio is a recent transplant from San Francisco where she taught screenwriting at UC Berkeley and wrote, directed, and sometimes appeared in her own fiction films that have screened in nearly 100 film festivals around the world. She’s developed projects for BBC and served on several development teams for A-list studio directors and producers. Nanci received her MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in Dramatic Writing

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