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Screenwriting Camp

Update: Jan. 30, 2015

Five-Day Screenwriting Workshop
July 6-10, 2015

Limited to 12 students

Number of openings left: 9

Registration Form



Here is your chance to learn the craft of screen and television writing to see if you’re the next JJ Abrams, David Chase or Diablo Cody. 

At this one-week intensive script writing workshop, you'll learn the elements of storytelling, find your voice as a writer and create your own scripts, as well as learn what it takes to work as a team of writers to develop a television spec script of some of the hottest shows out there.  At the end of the course, you’ll have completed a short script, the tools to uncover the mysteries of storytelling, and a collection of exercises to jump-start your creativity.


Elise D’Haene is a novelist, screenwriter and editor. Among her screen credits, she was a writer on Disney’s The Little Mermaid II and penned several episodes of the Showtime series Red Shoe Diaries and Chromium Blue. She was a story editor for the NBC series Wind on Water and has written or co-written dozens of pilot scripts for Disney, FOX, FX, NBC and ABC, among others. She also wrote several feature films and was a writer on the feature Sunstorm. Her first novel, Licking our Wounds, won the Small Press Book Award at Book Expo in Chicago and she won the Hemingway Award for her short story, Married. D’Haene has two television series in development, Tell Me Everything and Luna Bay.

Nelson Chipman is a screenwriter, filmmaker and playwright. He holds a B.S. in commerce from the University of Virginia and an M.F.A. in dramatic writing from New York University. He began his career writing and producing television commercials and writing advertising copy. From there, he began writing feature scripts and has developed work for and optioned work to directors and production companies in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. He has won numerous writing awards and has been a finalist twice for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. His most recent short film, Squared, has screened at festivals across the country, and he is currently putting the finishing touches on a new short film and feature script. He has previously taught at schools throughout the New York City metropolitan area.

Who's Eligible: Students entering grades 9 through 12 and high school graduates.  


Tuition (full payment due by Monday, June 15)

$ 550 - includes lunch buffet
$ 900 - *Resident students, room, board and tuition (three meals per day).

*Students must be at least 16 years of age to live on campus.

For the camp itself, we will provide you with the following:

  • Journals for keeping story notes
  • Writing instruments
  • Copy of Final Draft screenwriting software for students who bring a laptop
  • Copy of one professional shooting script i.e. Little Miss Sunshine


    Classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Lunch will be from noon to 1 p.m.

      Registration Form - A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required with registration to reserve your spot.

      Participation Agreement (All registered students will need to complete the participation agreement)

      Refund Policy:

      • Withdraw before June 1 - $100 non-refundable
      • Withdraw from June 2 to June 20 - $140 non refundable - 75% of tuition refundable.
      • Withdraw from June 21 to July 4 - $220 non-refundable - 60% of tuition refundable.
      • Withdraw after July 4 - $275 non-refundable - 50% of tuition refundable.

      Add Camp Hollywood and Receive a 20% Discount Off Tuition

      Three-week program, July 6-24, 2015 - Registration Form for Screenwriting and Camp Hollywood

      During the first week, you will learn the tools that uncover the mysteries of storytelling for television and film.  By the end of the week, you will have written your very own short original screenplay. During weeks two and three, you will fine tune your script, as well as learn the essentials of how to make a great movie. 

      You’ll learn how to operate the Panasonic HVX-200 HD video camera and how to use and optimize ADOBE PREMIERE editing software to polish your production. At the end of the camp, all the films made will be screened at a mini-film festival.

      For more information contact us at: 412-392-3456 or email at: mshahen@pointpark.edu