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Powerful Movie Moments Workshop Begins

Event Date: 
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Powerful Movie Moments | 4-week workshop
April 13, April 20, April 27, and May 4 from 7-9 p.m.

All too often, screenplays fall flat because the writer has no idea how to craft powerful movie moments. Movie moments are what you’ll remember years after seeing a film: Tony Curtis racing to meet Marilyn Monroe in the last scenes of Some Like it Hot; the Wicked Witch melting in The Wizard of Oz; the first shark strike in Jaws. If you remember those, then you have an idea of what a great movie moment can do for a film.

The focus of this workshop will be on creating scenes in a script that will make an audience gasp or sob or be dazzled with wonder. Participants may choose to work on one scene from an existing script but the focus will be on developing new scenes through in-class workshops. We will examine several screenplays (provided as attachments) to look at a variety of movie moments that are successful.

Objectives include sharpening your work through learning how to build beats to a movie moment, utilizing visuals as the key aspect of the build, choosing the strongest language in terms of action narrative and dialogue, and taking the greatest advantage of screenplay formatting to craft moments that rise to the most powerful movie moments.


Scholarships are available for those with financial need. Apply here.

About the instructor

Michael Wright created the four-course screenwriting sequence at The University of Tulsa and headed the Creative Writing program before retiring in 2018. He has been a script evaluator for MGM, American Playhouse, Triad Artists agency and the National Endowment for the Arts. His most recent book on creative exploration is Sensory Writing for Stage and Screen. Michael created and moderates three ongoing writing workshops that cover screenwriting, playwriting and fiction/poetry.

Registration will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 11.

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Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa
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