Come on already – cut to the chase!

Would you like your writing to dazzle and inspire, right from the get-go? Would you like it to jeté and fly, instead of dilly-dally and dawdle? Then Elements of Screenwriting is the workshop for you.

Come on already – cut to the chase!

Would you like your writing to dazzle and inspire, right from the get-go? Would you like it to jeté and fly, instead of dilly-dally and dawdle? Then Elements of Screenwriting is the workshop for you.

While running Writers’ Stretch & Tone workshops, I’ve found that whenever I’ve shared a few morsels of screenwriting craft, those tidbits invariably invigorate participant creations. Why?

Because screenplays only contain ACTION – which is what we (the camera) should see, and DIALOGUE – which is what the characters (or actors) should say.

Plus: screenplays simply cannot ramble on and on because one (correctly formatted) page equals approximately one minute of screen time.

The brevity and precise focus that screenwriting demand prove especially useful for writers who want to create memorable character introductions, or show instead of tell, or write more impactful dialogue. According to Alfred Hitchcock, “Film is life with all the boring bits cut out.” So, if you’d like to know how to cut out all the boring bits from any style of writing, sign up for this workshop!

Man sitting at his desk under a lamp light writing a screenplay.
Male videographer recording a film on an antique analogue camera.

Please note:

you don’t need any prior film writing experience, and there is no requirement that you write a piece of screenwriting. The point is to simply observe (and try out, of course!) how the FORM of screenwriting can help you write with more clarity, no matter what style of writing you choose to write.

The brevity and precise focus that screenwriting demand prove especially useful for writers who want to create memorable character introductions, or show instead of tell, or write more impactful dialogue. According to Alfred Hitchcock, “Film is life with all the boring bits cut out.” So, if you’d like to know how to cut out all the boring bits from any style of writing, sign up for this workshop!

Man sitting at his desk under a lamp light writing a screenplay.
Male videographer recording a film on an antique analogue camera.

Please note:

you don’t need any prior film writing experience, and there is no requirement that you write a piece of screenwriting. The point is to simply observe (and try out, of course!) how the FORM of screenwriting can help you write with more clarity, no matter what style of writing you choose to write.

Upcoming workshop dates

February

European + American time zones-friendly

Saturday, February 18th
14:00 – 18:30h (Amsterdam – CET)
13.00 – 17.30 pm (London – GMT)
8.00 am – 12.30 pm (New York – EST)

Price: €85 incl. 21% VAT

March

European + American time zones-friendly

Saturday, March 25th
14:00 – 18:30h (Amsterdam – CET)
13.00 – 17.30 pm (London – GMT)
8.00 am – 12.30 pm (New York – EST)

Price: €85 incl. 21% VAT

According to our participants…

Amsterdam Writers is a beautiful safe womb for creativity. I learned so much there about the craft of writing, but also about myself as a writer. I looked forward to Wednesday nights with great anticipation and always felt exhilarated afterwards that I’d extended and stretched myself as an artist.

Matthew’s wonderful and unique exercises have given me a tool kit of questions and stimuli that I have taken away and can use at any time when writers block comes to visit. Thank you Matthew for this gift, and for creating such a fabulous environment and posse of inspiring artists.

Kim FarrantDirector of ‘Strangerland’ with Nicole Kidman and ‘Angel of Mine’ with Noomi Rapace

Amsterdam Writers is a beautiful safe womb for creativity. I learned so much there about the craft of writing, but also about myself as a writer. I looked forward to Wednesday nights with great anticipation and always felt exhilarated afterwards that I’d extended and stretched myself as an artist.

Matthew’s wonderful and unique exercises have given me a tool kit of questions and stimuli that I have taken away and can use at any time when writers block comes to visit. Thank you Matthew for this gift, and for creating such a fabulous environment and posse of inspiring artists.

Kim FarrantDirector of ‘Strangerland’ with Nicole Kidman and ‘Angel of Mine’ with Noomi Rapace