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The About - Screenwriting Workshop (Fall 2018)

  • 26 Sep 2018
  • 31 Oct 2018
  • 6 sessions
  • 26 Sep 2018, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 03 Oct 2018, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 10 Oct 2018, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 17 Oct 2018, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 24 Oct 2018, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 31 Oct 2018, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
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The About - Screenwriting Workshop  
Instructors: Neal Howard & Ian Streicher

The About is a deep and entertaining dive into learning the single most important principle of effective scriptwriting for film & TV. You will learn to identify the intellectual and emotional heart of a script, its point of view and its truth, which is the indispensable foundation for all other script elements.  It is scriptwriting “from the content up” and will have you looking at scripts and writing in a whole new way.

Prerequisite: None


Neal Howard is a member of the Writers Guild. Credits include "Coach" and "King of Queens" as well as other pilots, series and assignments for NBC, ABC, CBS, Universal, SONY and other production companies. He was also contributing writer on episodes of "Seinfeld" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm". He has had two screenplays optioned. His entertainment career segued from the writers room to the courtroom when he played a pivotal role in the prosecution of the KK members convicted in the infamous Birmingham Church Bombing case and the Mississippi Burning murders. He is now developing several scripts while working from Chicago as a nationally recognized trial consultant.

Ian Streicher is a theatre director with Off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway as well as several Chicago credits. In New York, Ian studied playwriting with Tina Howe and Arthur Kopit as well as directing and acting with Amy Wright and Salem Ludwig.

Sessions/Weekday 6 Wednesdays
Start/End Date Sep 26 - Oct 31
Time Slot 6:30pm - 9:30pm

About the Screenwriting & TV Track

The Screenwriting & TV track is designed to provide writers with a solid foundation for writing for film and TV. It consists of the following courses:

  • Screenwriting for Playwrights Bootcamp
  • The About - Screenwriting Workshop
  • Screenwriting Structure Intensive
  • Screenwriting in Progress

Screenwriting for Playwrights Bootcamp and The About is a prerequisite for the Structure Intensive, which in turn is a prerequisite for Screenwriting in Progress.  The About has no prerequisite.

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