Screenwriting and the House of Structure

Screenwriting and the House of Structure

Instructor: Chris White
Date: Saturday, July 25
Time:  12:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

The structure of your screenplay is the house your protagonist inhabits. This structural house provides the barricaded doors that keep your protagonist hostage; reveals unknown rooms your protagonist must unlock and explore; permits other important characters to enter the house (with or without your protagonist's permission); and offers hard-earned access to windows that may just allow for your protagonist's escape and liberation.

This introductory-level, 3-hour workshop will expose participants to the classic three-act structure that houses nearly every protagonist in Western cinema and beyond. Participants will be introduced to basic screenplay format; they will write short screenplay exercises that begin to hint at structure and its building blocks; and they will experiment with writing a short synopsis of a feature-length screenplay idea that contains the main structural screenplay elements. Knowledge of screenplay structure serves not only screenwriters, but novelists and playwrights as well. No previous screenwriting experience required!


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Chris White is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and novelist. Her plays have been produced nationally and internationally, and her play Rhythms won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play. She received an Award of Merit at the Women's Independent Film Festival in Los Angeles for her feature-length screenplay Weasel in the Icebox; her screenplays have twice made first cut at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab; and her short film Mud Lotus was an official selection at U.S. festivals. In 2018, White's debut novel The Life List of Adrian Mandrick was published by Touchstone Books (Simon & Schuster). It was called "stunningly honest" (Chicago Review of Books), "intense and poignant" (Library Journal starred review), "...with a life-affirming conclusion that reminds us that endangered species aren't the only ones that need to change and adapt in order to survive" (The New York Times Book Review). White is a professor of English at DePauw University teaching creative writing (including upper-level classes in screenwriting and playwriting) and lives with her family near the town of Bainbridge, Indiana on Big Walnut Creek. 


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