In-person workshops at Amsterdam’s Ventilator Academy

In-person workshops at Amsterdam’s Ventilator Academy

Below you’ll find a selection of workshops we’re staging in collaboration with the Ventilator Academy, at OT301 on the Overtoom. Whether you want to try your hand at screenwriting, or want to improve your storytelling skills, we’ll provide you with a workshop experience that will help you take your creativity to new levels.

Basics of Screenwriting

8 weeks x 2.5 hours

OT301 Cinema + Café space

Wednesdays: JUN 05 – JUL 24, 2024
09:30 – 12:00
Price: €375 (incl. 21% vat)

8 weeks x 2.5 hours

OT301 Cinema + Café space

Wednesdays: JUN 05 – JUL 24, 2024
09:30 – 12:00
Price: €375 (incl. 21% vat)

Explore the building blocks of writing for the screen

Whether creating stories for film, TV or digital devices, you’ll always be mixing and matching three different elements: sounds, words and visuals. Through a combination of close readings of screenplay scenes, watching excerpts of screen stories, and writing scenes during the sessions (and sometimes as homework), this workshop will give you a thorough introduction to screenwriting.

In the course of eight weeks, you will learn how to combine dialogues and dramatic actions together, in order to write some screen scenes. And depending on your energy and intention, you might even write a short film script. Stop endlessly ‘thinking about’ writing a screenplay. Sign up for this workshop, and actually write one!

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

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

Write to Reconnect

Writing requires us to connect ideas and thoughts to words and sentences. We need to connect our hands and senses to paper, pens, and computers. And of course as writers we want our written words to connect with readers. For many people however, the pandemic was a time of profound disconnection, and while Zoom and Teams brought us new, alternative ways of connecting, where, actually have they brought us?

In this workshop we’ll explore not only how writing can help us reconnect with ourselves and with others, but also how this process of reconnection can improve our writing. In particular, we’ll look to the natural world for inspiration – to its profound levels of complexity and interconnection, and how ‘connecting different dots’ can lead us to (pleasantly!) surprising results.

In a supportive, structured manner we’ll write together in response to writing suggestions designed to coax us out beyond our comfort zones, to where we’ll experiment with different forms and styles. And we’ll get used to sharing our work in ways that make us both better listeners and sharper writers. This workshop welcomes diversity in general, and in the specifics of copywriters to poets, and journalist to novelists, and newer writers simply finding their way. By reconnecting with ourselves, and with nature and each other, we’ll all explore new ways to reconnect with our writing.

Write to Reconnect

8 weeks x 2.5 hours

OT301 Café space

Thursdays: JUN 06 – JUL 25, 2024
09:30 – 12:00
Price: €375 (incl. 21% vat)

Write to Reconnect

8 weeks x 2.5 hours

OT301 Café space

Thursdays: JUN 06 – JUL 25, 2024
09:30 – 12:00
Price: €375 (incl. 21% vat)

In Matthew’s Writers’ Stretch & Tone workshop I made a major breakthrough in my writing project, and looked forward to that special evening of the week when I would meet with fellow writers, each of whom became a source of inspiration as we wrote, read, and listened to one another’s work. I initially approached the workshop with fear and trepidation, not being a writer of fiction. But from the first moment, Matthew created a warm and safe atmosphere (online, no less), and I put pen to paper to his ingenious prompts—never to look back.

Leyla NeyziResearch Fellow/Leverhulme Visiting Professorship, University of Glasgow

In Matthew’s Writers’ Stretch & Tone workshop I made a major breakthrough in my writing project, and looked forward to that special evening of the week when I would meet with fellow writers, each of whom became a source of inspiration as we wrote, read, and listened to one another’s work. I initially approached the workshop with fear and trepidation, not being a writer of fiction. But from the first moment, Matthew created a warm and safe atmosphere (online, no less), and I put pen to paper to his ingenious prompts—never to look back.

Leyla NeyziResearch Fellow/Leverhulme Visiting Professorship, University of Glasgow

Ventilator Academy =
OT301 Café Space + Cinema

Overtoom 301

1054 HW Amsterdam

Bio

Since growing up in Australia, Matthew Curlewis has worked as a performer-designer-writer on four continents. As a trained workshop leader in the Amherst Writers & Artists methodology, he is the founder and director of Amsterdam Writers.

Since 2008, this workshop series has welcomed international writers into workshops like Storytelling for Academics and Writers’ Stretch & Tone. As a senior copywriter, Matthew has written international campaigns for the likes of Emirates, WWF, VW, Macy’s and Sony. His essays and short fiction can be found in publications including The Guardian, Blume Illustrated and Wordpeace, and his Dutch-British-Polish coproduction short film Brilliance can be viewed via the streaming platform Lesflicks. Matthew has worked as a script editor on various feature scripts, and as a coach at script labs in the Netherlands, Russia and Azerbaijan. A video of Matthew’s poem Alter the Frequency, recently published by Blue Pepper, can be viewed below.

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