Screenwriting Workshop With Ian Weir

with the TNRD Film Commission and Ian Weir

Ian Weir at the Frye Festival

Date: April 21 – 22, 2018

The Thompson-Nicola Film Commission has partnered with Mastermind Studios to host screenwriter, Ian Weir and offer this special workshop opportunity locally!

Only 15 spaces are available at $200 each.

Register no later than April 13th by contacting Sherry Lapointe at Thompson-Nicola Film Commission office:

4th floor 465 Victoria Street, Kamloops
tnfc@tnrd.ca or call (250) 377-8673 ext. 2594

Registrants must pay in person with cash, cheque or debit card.

Background

Are You Curious About Writing Screenplays? 

Screenwriting is a craft — and an art — unto itself. But the key principles of screenwriting can be applied to any form of storytelling.

In this workshop, Ian Weir, author of Daniel O’Thunder and Will Starling, will share lessons learned in 25 years as a screenwriter and TV showrunner.

We’ll look at key elements of dramatic storytelling–such as three-act structure, character-building, transformational arcs, strategies for revision, and thinking like an actor–and explore how they can serve as invaluable tools for the writer of prose fiction.

More About this Workshop

IMPORTANT – THIS IS A TWO DAY WORKSHOP YOU MUST ATTEND BOTH DAYS!

Saturday, April 21, 2018 – 10:30 am – 3:330 pm

Sunday, April 22, 2018 – 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Learn screenwriting from Ian Weir, Instructor, Playwright, Screenwriter & Novelist, in this rare workshop opportunity. Ian Weir is a playwright, screenwriter and novelist. Born in North Carolina, he was raised in Kamloops, British Columbia, where he told his piano teacher that he wanted to be a writer when he grew up. (Her reply: “Yes, that’s a nice hobby. But what do you want to do for a living?”)

After working for several years as a newspaper reporter, he completed a BA in English at UBC and an MA in Middle English Language and Literature at King’s College, University of London – an experience that started a life-long love affair with London itself. He wrote several radio plays for CBC and BBC, before establishing himself as a stage playwright. His first full-length play, The Idler, premiered in Vancouver in 1987, winning a Jessie Award for Best New Play and going on to several other productions across Canada. Ian was astonished to discover that he seemed to be doing this for a living, and has since written more than a dozen other plays, among them Bloody Business, St. George, and Hope and Caritas.

He stumbled more or less accidentally into screenwriting, and over the past twenty-five years has written extensively for television, most recently serving as creator and executive producer of the CBC one-hour drama series Arctic Air. Prior to that he was writer and executive producer of the acclaimed gangland miniseries Dragon Boys, a thriller set in the world of Asian organized crime on Canada’s West Coast. He was also the creator and executive producer of the long-running teen drama series Edgemont. Otherwise he has written more than 100 episodes for nearly two dozen series, ranging from ReBoot to Flashpoint. Awards include two Geminis, four Leos and a Writers’ Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award.

Only 15 spaces are available at $200 each. Register no later than April 13th by contacting Sherry Lapointe at Thompson-Nicola Film Commission office:

4th floor 465 Victoria Street, Kamloops
tnfc@tnrd.ca or call (250) 377-8673 ext. 2594

Registrants must pay in person with cash, cheque or debit card.