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Scriptwriting Seminar - Sunrise Film Festival

Script Writing Seminar

The Sunrise Film Festival returns to the North Shore during 2018, with a wide range of screenings and events throughout the year. 

A new feature of this year’s Festival is a one-day intensive Script Writing Seminar conducted by novelist, playwright, and screenwriter Gary L. Blackwood.  Though the Festival’s film screenings won’t take place until early September, the script writing seminar is scheduled for Saturday, June 16 at the Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre in Tatamagouche, from 10 am to 5 pm.  All ages from teens to seniors are welcome, but registration is limited to 10, so book early. For more information and to reserve a place, email: or call 902-701-2483.  The cost is $35 per person and includes tea, coffee, and snacks through the day. Participants should bring their own laptop or paper notebook. 

The seminar will cover the essentials of script writing: how to come up with non-cliché ideas; how to center the storyline around a strong conflict; how to structure a screenplay/stage play; how to create convincing characters and dialogue.  It will also touch on such nuts-and-bolts topics as proper script format, creating an intriguing logline/synopsis, and where and how to submit scripts.  

Though the emphasis will be on creating film and stage scripts, most of the same techniques taught in the seminar are just as useful for writing novels and short stories. 

Blackwood has taught screenwriting and playwriting to students from elementary school to university, as well as to adults.  His plays have won numerous awards and appeared in theatres from California to Spain. The script for the feature film The Seerreceived an Award of Merit from Cinema WorldFest.  The stage adaptation of his bestselling YA novelThe Shakespeare Stealerhas been produced by most of North America’s top children’s theatres; the screenplay version was optioned by the producer of Supernatural.  Blackwood is also the author of 35 novels and non-fiction books.    

For the Sunrise Film Festival Society, River John, Nova Scotia, B0K 1N0

Later Event: June 23
Dana Jefferson and Friends $15