April 27


10:00 am - 03:00 pm

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Winnipeg Write, Edit, Publish

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The University of Winnipeg

515 Portage Ave

Winnipeg, MB, CA, R3B 2E9

Participate in one session of your choice or sign up for both classes and take advantage of our discount.


SESSION 1: Selective Interpretation: Writing a Screen Story Based on Another Source

Do you own a piece of intellectual property you feel would make a good film? In this seminar, you will look at finding the intellectual and emotional heart of a story, its point of view, and visual action line to start outlining a script in three-act film structure. We’ll also discuss how to secure rights to adapt a story other than your own.

Saturday, April 27th, 2019
University of Winnipeg
Room 1C16A (1st Floor, Centennial Hall)
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


SESSION 2: Screenwriting Genre Stories

Have you got a good idea for a genre film: holiday, crime, historical, fantasy, thriller, coming of age, etc? Using three-act, seven-sequence story, you’ll learn how to create an outline for your film idea. Students will be given a workbook to help them break out their stories.

Saturday, May 4th, 2019
University of Winnipeg
Room 1L07 (1st Floor, Lockhart Hall)
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Registration fees:

Session 1 on March 29 or Session 2 on April 27

$60.00 for student MEA or Editors Canada members
$75.00 for MEA or Editors Canada members
$100.00 for non-members.

Attend both Sessions 1 & 2 for a total fee of:

$80.00 for student MEA or Editors Canada members
$110.00 for MEA or Editors Canada members
$160.00 for non-members

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About the Instructor:

Melva McLean has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Publishing. She edits novels, short fiction, screenplays, stage plays, as well as non-fiction. She has taught publishing, editing and writing in Winnipeg and Vancouver. Her adaptation of a short story by Emily Givner won an NSI Drama Prize and was made into a 10-minute short.

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