Christina Hamlett Offers Two Courses for SVN Readers

movie_tickets_and_popcornSchool Video News feature writer Christina Hamlett is offering SVN readers two online courses for those of you that might want to improve your screenwriting skills or try your hand at playwriting.

Former actress/director, Ms. Hamlett is a professional script consultant and ghostwriter whose credits to date include 30 books, 149 plays, 5 optioned features, and hundreds of articles/interviews that appear in trade publications throughout the world. She is also the screenwriting editor of Writers Journal, and has conducted workshops on scripts and the performing arts for over 30 years. Her monthly excercises for students in SVN are among the most-read articles in the magazine. 

Unlike a traditional classroom or an Internet chat room that requires group attendance at the same time and day every week, these courses provide one-on-one instruction via email. Upon registration, the student will receive their instructional packet and begin reading the lectures and completing their assignments. When an assignment is completed, the student will email it back for review, critique, and personal comments. In addition, the Adobe Acrobat workbook format is one that a student can either print out a lesson at a time or simply save on his or her hard drive.

So what are you waiting for?  Unleash that talent and get started now! 
 
SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES:  An Introduction to the Craft of Screenwriting by Christina Hamlett

START DATE:  The first Wednesday of each month
DURATION:  6 weeks
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COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This 6-week class provides an overview of the techniques and formatting requirements to develop an original screenplay. The lectures and assignments cover character development, dialogue, genre, structure, pacing, budget, and marketability. All materials submitted are critiqued by a professional screenplay consultant and learners are free to ask as many questions as they’d like about how to turn a story idea into a commercial, pitch-ready script. Unlike a traditional classroom or an Internet chat room that requires group attendance at the same time and day every week, this course provides one-on-one instruction via email. In addition, the Adobe Acrobat workbook format is one that you can either print out a lesson at a time or simply save on your hard drive.

WEEKS AT A GLANCE:

Week 1: Recognizing the differences between movies, books, and plays
Week 2: Divide and Conquer
Week 3: Formatting
Week 4: Titles, log lines, synopses, and target audiences
Week 5: Film treatments
Week 6: Hooking an Audience & Not Letting Them Go

Materials needed: All materials are supplied by the instructor.

COST:  $95.00, which includes one-on-one support and critiques through email. Payments are accepted via check or PayPal.

REGISTRATION: To register, please send an email to with the subject line SCREENWRITING CLASS.

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ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE:  An Introduction to Playwriting by Christina Hamlett

START DATE:  The first Tuesday of each month
DURATION:  6 weeks

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Since the time of the Ancient Greeks, the live theater experience has satisfied an audience's need for entertainment that is immediate, intimate and accessible to all ages and levels of society. Whether performed in an outdoor courtyard, on a vintage stage, in a school auditorium, or above the din of an urban coffeehouse, a play is an ever-evolving and timeless art form that derives its energy from both sides of the footlights. Unlike a novel or a film which is financed and produced only once, a theater script undergoes a new transformation with each change of cast and each change of venue. Even the passage of time itself impacts how a theatrical story will resonate with successive generations, giving new definition and perspective to old ideas or providing a yardstick of how far we've come from social mores that were once held as truth.

In this class, you'll be learning what makes a play successful...and how to write one yourself! Each module consists of a lecture and writing assignment, as well as interviews, websites and anecdotes. Ideally, it should only take one week to complete each exercise. The final assignment will be the writing and submission of an original 15-minute one-act play, which will be professionally critiqued for its adherence to all of the principles addressed in class. Unlike a traditional classroom or an Internet chat room that requires group attendance at the same time and day every week, this course provides one-on-one instruction via email. In addition, the Adobe Acrobat workbook format is one that you can either print out a lesson at a time or simply save on your hard drive.

WEEKS AT A GLANCE:

Week 1:  How to tell if your story is right for the stage
Week 2:  How to write roles that actors will want to play
Week 3:  The actor’s prescription for curing doofy dialogue
Week 4:  Everything you need to know about sets, furniture and props
Week 5:  How to write plays for young people
Week 6:  How to get your play produced
As part of the homework, students will also be asked to attend one play production during the course and write a short review demonstrating what they learned from it. This can be turned in at any time during the six weeks. Unlike a traditional classroom or an Internet chat room that requires group attendance at the same time and day every week, this course provides one-on-one instruction via email. In addition, the Adobe Acrobat workbook format is one that you can either print out a lesson at a time or simply save on your hard drive.

Materials needed: All materials are supplied by the instructor.

COST:  $95.00, which includes one-on-one support and critiques through email. Payments are accepted via check or PayPal.

REGISTRATION: To register, please send an email to with the subject line PLAYWRITING CLASS.