Screenwriting Intensive “To make a great film you need three things – the script, the script, and the script.” – Alfred Hitchcock
This experience will be offered again in the summer of 2021 and registration will be available within the coming months.
Monday, June 22 - Friday, June 26, 2020
At this one-week screenwriting intensive, students will be immersed in all elements of storytelling. Students will create their own unique script, collaborate with fellow writers, and depart with the narrative tools to be successful in the evolving multi-platform storytelling world.
To participate in this exciting program, students must be entering grades 9-12 as of Fall 2020. No prior experience is necessary in order to participate.
This program is open to the first 16 students who complete the registration and pay in full.
Start Date: Monday, June 22, 2020
End Date: Friday, June 26, 2020
Classes will be held Monday - Friday from 10:00am - 4:30pm, with a 1-hour lunch break.
*Further class details coming soon.
Commuter Check-in: Monday, June 22, at 9:30am in the lobby of Academic Hall (201 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222)
Welcome to our campus!
All classes will be held on campus at Point Park University. Screenwriting classes take place in the University Center.
Check-in will take place in Academic Hall.
The option to live on campus during our Screenwriting Program is available to students at least 14 years old.
Adult resident advisers live on campus to supervise minors. Each adviser is responsible for eight to ten minors.
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.
Molly Rice is a playwright, songwriter and experience designer whose work gravitates toward unusual collaborations, offbeat musicality and site-specific attempts at enchantment. Her projects have been developed/ produced in NYC (the Public, Playwrights Horizons, Rattlestick, Women’s Project, NYTW, HERE, NYU/ Tisch, New Georges, Soho Rep) and nationally (American Repertory Theater, Montana Rep, Kitchen Dog Theater, Hangar Theater, Salvage Vanguard, Trinity Rep, Bricolage Production Company). Her work has been published by American Theater Magazine, Kenyon Review, Heinemann Press, Clarkson Potter Press, Indie Theater Now, LooseChange.com, DEVICE.com and Play: A Journal, and she’s enjoyed residencies at Tofte Lake, Pilot Balloon Church House, Voice and Vision, Hangar Theater, Missoula Colony, Yale/ P73 Residency, America-In-Play, Bartlett Island Retreat, and Women’s Project Lab. Molly earned her MFA from Brown University and has taught at Brown, Kenyon College, Marymount Manhattan College, Montclair State, and Pace University, where she created the curriculum for a multi-genre BA Program entitled “21st Century Storytelling: Writing for Theater, Film and New Media”. She now teaches in the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama and in the new Point Park University Writing for Stage and Screen MFA, for which she helps to develop the curriculum.
Students are encouraged to bring their own laptop to our program. If students do not have access to a laptop, please notify the Department of Community and Summer Education to obtain a lender.
Once registered and paid, each student will receive a unique access code to download Final Draft onto their laptops. It is important that this software is downloaded PRIOR to the start of the intensive.
Students will find inspiration in this historic on-campus location under the guidance of established screenwriting professionals.
As an undergraduate student at Point Park, you’ll have access to opportunities only a world-class city can offer — and few universities can match — for a real-world, career-oriented education.Consider a B.F.A. or B.A. in Screenwriting.
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