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Richmond – Weekend screenwriting intensive – Feb 23-24 – Fee

There are a few spots left for screenwriters of all levels in next weekend’s special two-day seminar, From On the Waterfront to The Shape of Water: What Makes Movies Great, this Saturday and Sunday at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, 1812 West Main Street.


Led by veteran freelance writer Kimberly Gadette, this seminar will help you bring your screenwriting to the next level. She will cover what works in films, the official and unofficial rules of screenwriting (and how to break them), and why a compelling story – not visual effects, slick marketing campaigns and post-credits scenes – is essential to a successful movie.


A variety of film genres and filmmakers, from Chaplin to Coppola to the Coen Brothers, will be examined, always with an eye to the story. You’ll gain a greater appreciation for cinema and get a chance to write your own short film review.


Click here to enroll in this two-day class, which is being held Saturday, February 23 from 10am to 4pm, and Sunday, February 24 from 1-4pm. Tuition is $95 ($85.50 for Visual Arts members), and classes will be confirmed very soon, so sign up now.


Richmond Times-Dispatch freelance culture journalist, film reviewer, script consultant, writing coach and freelance generalist, Kimberly Gadette has spent the last 16 years cuddling a keyboard. Her 1,200+ published articles encompass movies, television, music, politics, travel, women’s issues, sports, pop culture, humor, etc. She is a member of The Authors Guild, American Society of Journalists and Authors, and Online Film Critics Society. Kimberly has covered film for international and national publications, and has reported from the Cannes and Sundance film festivals. She has been quoted in

The New York TimesChicago TribuneTime magazine, The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post. Kimberly’s Rotten Tomatoes critic page includes more than 500 reviews. And, although no one ever asks, she has a Masters of Fine Arts from UCLA.