While there are many ideas of what inclusion means in film and television, one thing is clear--the urgency for diverse voices and stories are on the forefront of entertainment. With hits like Black Panther and Crazy Rich…
What you can learn.
- Review the history of underrepresented voices and stories to identify opportunities for your scripts
- Learn how screenwriters can advocate to tell urgent and complex stories in a risk-averse industry
- Identify how screenwriters write inclusively about communities of which they are and aren’t members
- Imbue your script with rich details that invigorate your world and characters
About this course:While there are many ideas of what inclusion means in film and television, one thing is clear--the urgency for diverse voices and stories are on the forefront of entertainment. With hits like Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians in theaters and shows like Master of None, Black-ish, Orange is the New Black, and Transparent on television, the appetite for multi-ethnic casting and stories are in rising demand by studios. This workshop focuses on assigning your characters based on age, gender, race, sexual orientation, and physical disabilities and how that diversity adds dimension and drama to your story. The course also covers showing diversity through dialogue, the importance of research, and most importantly, how to stand your ground when stakeholders of your project may not understand your original vision. Toward the end of the course, special attention is paid to the problem of underrepresented writers in Hollywood and strategies of how you should navigate the tricky efforts of greater inclusion.
Spring 2020 Schedule
These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.