Reel Sisters + BRIC Summer Screenwriting Lab

August 9 – 11, 2019

BRIC, Media Lab, 647 Fulton Street

Registration Fee: $225

Are you seeking a nurturing environment to revise your screenplay? Do you have a project in development and need to refine your first screenplay? Are you interested in creating strong female characters that resonate with audiences?

Reel Sisters + BRIC Summer Screenwriting Lab is a weekend-long course designed to give independent screenwriters the opportunity to work intensively on scripts for television, film and streaming platforms like OWN, Netflix and Amazon. Join a writers’ boot camp devoted to developing risk-taking narratives and creating scripts with richly layered female characters. Writers will work in small groups and one-on-one with veteran writer/producer Valerie Woods, currently a co-executive producer/writer for Season 4’s Queen Sugar, created by Ava DuVernay and airing on Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Recently, Valerie served as Creative Director for Syd Field – The Art of Visual Storytelling. Valerie is one of four Syd Field Screenwriting Method Instructors trained by Mr. Field.

Enjoy a weekend working in a supportive environment of professional producers, directors and screenwriters dedicated to helping you achieve your writing goals. Revise key elements of your feature length or short film script and work on a dynamic elevator pitch!

Registration Fee: $225 (includes application fee). Lab slots are limited so register in advance. Must submit a 1 page synopsis and the first 5-10 pages of the script you wish to revise for the summer lab.

Instructor’s Bio

Valerie C. Woods is a writer/producer in television and film. Valerie is currently Co-Executive Producer/Writer on Season 4 of the critically acclaimed television drama series Queen Sugar, created by Ava DuVernay and airing on Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). She has also been Adjunct Faculty for the Stephens College Low Residency MFA Television & Screenwriting program since 2015.

She also wrote the screen adaptation of the novel Tempest Rising by Diane McKinney-Whetstone, with the production company of actor/director Phylicia Rashad.

Valerie’s venture – Staged/Lit – has produced a series of staged readings of scripts adapted from literary work. The first two readings were television pilots adapted from a memoir and a novel. The series is co-sponsored by The Los Angeles Performing Arts Conservatory and Syd Field – The Art of Visual Storytelling organization.

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