Classes

Streaming and mobile devices have forever altered how we create, deliver, and view narrative content. As screenwriters, we have to adapt to this changing environment without losing sight of a compelling story and engaging characters.

That’s where I come in.

With more than three decades of professional screenwriting experience, I offer script critiques, coaching, and classes that can help you navigate this evolving media landscape.


I’m happy to be offering another round of my advanced screenwriting class this fall! I call it “8 x 8” because enrollment is limited to 8 writers and it will run for 8 consecutive weeks.

8 x 8: Advanced Screenwriting

WHEN: Mondays, 6-8:30 pm, October 17 – December 5
WHERE: On Zoom
COST: $500

In this class you’ll get in-depth instruction on something I feel very passionate about – closing the gap between the screenplay and the finished film.

As screenwriters you will learn to employ the skills of other filmmaking disciplines in order to bring more immediacy to your pages. You’ll write like a director directs, a DP shoots, an editor edits. The goal is to create a more complete cinematic experience so that when readers finish your script they will feel they have not read a screenplay but have “seen” the movie or series.

Visually-driven. Immersive. Visceral. These are terms you will hear a lot – along with my continued proselytizing about character revelation, the power of POV, and sequences.

Other topics include individual scene construction; subtext and exposition in dialogue; choreographing action, and using effectively sound and music. Pitching and pitch decks (the new treatments) will also be covered.

And, of course, you’ll also get my notes and feedback on your work (up to 10 pages) each week.

This is not a beginning screenwriting class. You will get the most out of it if you come already armed with a script idea you’re ready to write or planning to rewrite an existing draft.

Enrollment will be on a first-come, first-serve basis limited to 8 writers total.

This class is full. Please contact me if you’d like to be added to the waiting list for the next class.


Now What?: Guidelines for Getting Your Script to the Screen

WHERE: Zoom
WHEN: Thursdays, 6-8:30 pm, PST, September 29 – November 17
COST: $450

Almost as soon as “The End” is written, every screenwriter is confronted with one inescapable question: Now what?

This class explores the multiple routes – and a few shortcuts – aspiring screenwriters can take to get their work – and themselves – noticed. As Edna Mode states in The Incredibles, “Luck favors the prepared.” And that’s what this class will do: prepare you with the practical knowledge and knowhow to make informed decisions for when you usher your script into the Real World.

How do you protect your work? What is the WGA? Should you enter script-writing contests? How can you get an agent? What’s the difference between an agent and a manager? What’s an option? These are just a few of the topics we’ll cover in the 8-week course.

And, yes, there will be homework. You’ll create a set of effective log lines for your script along with verbal and written thumbnail pitches. Also, particular focus will be spent on developing a pitch deck.

Enrollment is on a first-come first serve basis and is limited to 10 writers. Please contact me to sign up and arrange payment.


The Writer-Actor Workshop

“This ain’t no Zoom class! This ain’t no table-read! This ain’t no foolin’ around!”

WHAT: A creative workshop bringing writers and actors together to test-drive original material
WHEN: Coming again in 2022!
WHERE: Rooney/Totman Studio, 305 SE 3rd Ave, 4th Floor, Portland, 97214
CO-INSTRUCTORS: Screenwriter Randall Jahnson and actor Ted Rooney
COST: $325

Tired of mouthing your own dialogue to yourself? Going crazy with all those voices in your head? Wonder what it’s like to have talented actors embody the characters you’re creating?

Then this class is for you!

In this studio setting, you collaborate with actors to stage selected scenes from your finished screenplay or work-in-progress.

Whether you want to direct your own script, learn how to communicate with actors, or inject your screenplay with fresh energy before submitting it to competitions, this class is an excellent opportunity to get your work off the page and into the hands and mouths of talented performers who can bring it to life. Not only hear your dialogue, see it performed; discover what works and what doesn’t; receive on-the-spot feedback from both instructors and your colleagues; make real-time adjustments; and run it again.

Each week half the class will present their scenes while the other half observes and offers input. The off-week writers will also receive notes from me about their scenes, which must be submitted the week before they are staged.

Instruction will also be given on how to diagram a scene – breaking it down into “beats” and identifying character objectives and actions. This can also sharpen the focus of a scene as well as create pathways for deeper understanding, exploration, and experimentation.

And it’s fun. That’s right, folks, we strive to keep the “play” in “screenplay.”

All scenes will be filmed.

This is not a beginning screenwriting course. If you have not taken a class from me before and I am unfamiliar with your work, please contact me immediately so I can discuss your work.

Also, out of consideration for your classmates, we ask that you be fully vaccinated for COVID.


Questions? Details? Give me a shout at randall@randalljahnson.com.