Multi-award winning, internationally produced playwright CJ Hopkins (cjhopkins.com) will once again be offering a 7-week scriptwriting workshop for screenwriters and playwrights. Participants meet weekly, submit excerpts of their stage- or screenplays on a rotating schedule and receive constructive feedback and personalized mentoring in a supportive and professional setting.
Although the workshops are “hands on” workshops (i.e., not lectures), the fundamentals of 3 act structure are covered, along with other aspects of the craft, including: dialogue, characterization, plotting, scene structure, genres, loglines, etc. All forms and styles of scripts are welcome, from traditional “Hollywood” screenplays to experimental, non-narrative forms. The focus is on developing and strengthening each individual writer’s voice and craft, and thus the workshops are appropriate for scriptwriters at every level of experience, from absolute beginners to professionals.
Here’s what some former participants have to say about the workshops.
C. J. Hopkins is an award-winning playwright, political satirist, and script consultant. His early plays and experimental stage-texts were produced during the 1990s in New York, where he was awarded a 1994 Drama League of New York Developing Artist fellowship and a 1995 Mabou Mines Resident Artist/Jerome Foundation fellowship.
Since 2001, his plays have been produced and have toured internationally, playing theatres and festivals including Riverside Studios (London), 59E59 Theaters (New York), Belvoir St. Theatre (Sydney), Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh), the Du Maurier World Stage Festival (Toronto), Needtheater (Los Angeles), 7 Stages (Atlanta), English Theater Berlin, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Brighton Festival, and the Noorderzon Festival (the Netherlands), among many others.
His playwriting awards include the 2002 First of the Scotsman Fringe Firsts (Horse Country), the 2004 Best of the Adelaide Fringe award (Horse Country), and a 2005 Scotsman Fringe First (screwmachine/eyecandy). His plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing/Methuen (UK) and Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. (US).
His political satire and commentary has appeared on NPR Berlin, in CounterPunch, ColdType, ZeroHedge, The Unz Review, and other publications, and has been translated into Italian, French, Portuguese and German. Further information is available at his website: cjhopkins.com.
If you wish to reserve a spot please email email@example.com as soon as possible as places are limited and very popular.
“CJ’s screenwriting workshop has provided me with the motivation and structure I need to write. The feedback from CJ and the group is invaluable and helps bring an incomplete or unformed idea into focus and give it grounding. It is inspiring and fun to read other writer’s work in progress: It seems we are in an array of colorful boats launching from a dock in multiple directions.” – Heather Sinclair, playwright
“CJ’s workshops exceeded my expectations and gave me the motivation to continue writing. It’s very inspiring to work with someone with so much passion for the art of play and screenwriting who treats the work handed in by the participants as seriously as his own. HIs feedback both motivated me and gave me the confidence to explore my ideas further.” – Sharon Mertins, screenwriter
“As a writer often working alone, the workshop has been useful just to have deadlines. More than that though, I’ve always felt CJ’s feedback was carefully considered, and particular to what I have written and where I wanted to take it. I’ve learnt a lot about my writing from listening to CJ talk about it. Even listening to his feedback on other writer’s work has been enormously helpful. Reading other writers’ work, feeding back on it as well as working on my own has forced me to write through many bits where I would otherwise have been stuck. It’s also often helped with where to take early ideas next. I’ve taken CJ’s workshop twice now and look forward to attending in the future.” – Mei Sun, screenwriter