Filmmaking & Screenwriting at Writopia Lab

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Writopia Lab’s filmmaking and screenwriting programs are driven by the students’ creative vision. They are story-based programs elevated by professional instruction. Our programs, described below, vary by age and location.


Filmmaking Production Seminar

Teens 13+
New York City* | Los Angeles

This program gives participants the opportunity to take part in a film-school style workshop. While the focus remains on the writing aspect of filmmaking, the structure allows for more depth into the technical aspects of the artform as well. Participants will write, produce, cast, and edit their own silent film, gaining better proficiency with professional-grade cameras, sound and lighting kits, and editing software. The seminar culminates in a film screening.

*Note: the New York City program is application only. To apply, click here.

Screenwriting or TV Writing Workshop

Kids 8-12
New York City | Los Angeles | New York Metro North

Young screenwriters work under the guidance of a professional screenwriter in the style of Writopia’s creative writing workshops. Screenplays or pilots are devised, developed, and polished over the course of the workshops. Writers will also delve into film and TV show analysis with screenplay excerpts and explore the ways in which acting, production, and directing all influence the choices one makes when crafting a script. All finished screenplays result in a table read.

Screenwriting or TV Writing Seminar

Teens 13+
New York City | Los Angeles

This teen seminar is a more advanced approach, offering a concentrated workshop experience with deeper insights into structure, concept, editorial work, and critique. Teen screenwriters work under the guidance of a professional screenwriter in the style of Writopia’s creative writing workshops over the course of the sessions. All finished screenplays result in a table read.

Script to Screen Summer Elective

All Ages
New York City | Los Angeles | New York Metro North | Washington, DC

As part of our full-day camp, Fiction & Fun, writers get a chance to spend an hour and a half each day working on their own collaborative film, from the genesis of the idea through to the editing, in just a week.

Visual Poetry Workshop

All Ages
New York City

Witness your words come to life on the screen. Visual Poetry teaches you to translate poetic language to film. Learn how to put your poetry in motion!

Private-Sessions

All Ages
New York City | Los Angeles | New York Metro North | Washington, DC

Writers will work one-on-one with a filmmaking professional to create their own, individualized project, whether it’s a continuation of something the writer has worked on before or a brand new idea.

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