Taught by world renowned screenwriting coach Pilar Alessandra

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Alessandra-Pilar-1-optDay One – “Screenwriting Essentials”

Brainstorming, structure and character work

Got a new idea or want to rewrite an old one? The first part of this seminar will invite you to build from premise, find the structure and form that works for your idea and offer you writing tools to help you outline in one day. Then, once you have your story idea, the second part of the class will invite you to give your characters a chance to get out and play a little through hands-on on exercises in class.

Day Two – “The Craft of Screenwriting”

Dialogue honing, formatting and the art of the page

Building on the first day, you will learn to create great scenes and set-pieces that are entertaining and original. You will also learn quick and effective writing techniques to revive bland exchanges, tune up character voices, and bring more life to the page. The final part to this seminar will cover word choice, subtext, and story. Through written examples, you will take a hard look at word-choice, scene direction, and nuances of the page.


Location: Sierra Nevada College

Time: Saturday September 6 and Sunday September 7, 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Registration: $225 Limited Enrollment

Open to the public.

College Credit: college students can receive 1 elective credit.

  • Full-time SNC students can enroll for credit as part of Fall tuition.
  • Part-time SNC students and community members can take this course for credit for $333 course tuition plus the $225 workshop fee.
  • Contact the Registrar’s Office at shameister@sierranevada.edu or 775-881-7580 for information about enrollment and transfering credit.

About Pilar Alessandra

Pilar Alessandra is the director of the writing program On the Page®, host of the popular On the Page Podcast and author of “The Coffee Break Screenwriter.” Pilar started her career as Senior Story Analyst at DreamWorks SKG and, in 2001, opened the On the Page Writers’ Studio in Los Angeles. Her students and clients are working writers and producers who have written for The Walking Dead, Lost, House of Lies, Nip Tuck and Family Guy. They’ve sold features and pitches to Warner Bros, DreamWorks, Disney and Sony and have won the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship and Austin Screenwriting Competition.

As a teacher, Pilar has traveled the world teaching at the London Screenwriting Festival, FilmBase in Dublin, House of Wisdom in Vietnam and The National Screenwriting Institute in Canada. In Los Angeles, she’s trained writers at ABC/Disney, CBS, Nickelodeon, UCLA and The Los Angeles Film School. Pilar was named “The Script Whisperer” by Script Magazine and was one of LA Weekly’s top 100 people. For more on Pilar go to www.onthepage.tv.