Glendon online creative writing program: We will be holding workshops, webinars and information sessions all year long. For information about our upcoming events, please visit www.glonline.education.

 

Glendon Extended Learning is offering year round online courses that will teach you the fundamentals of screenwriting, and help you take your first step achieving your goal from the comfort of your home no matter where your home may be.

Whether you live in other parts of Canada, United States, Australia, India, or anywhere else in the world, we’ll offer you all the resources and the help you’ll need in writing the perfect screenplay or playwright.

This program will also help those who have already written a script. If you have a written material and would like a professional opinion on your script, we’ll read your work and offer an in-depth analysis and answer any questions or concerns you may have in regards to your work.

This program is available to any interested party residing anywhere in the world the world, and therefore it is NOT limited to Canadian residents.

                                                                                                      

Special Program for Authors:

If you have already written a book, and would like to turn it into a screenplay, our workshops will help you to achieve your goal.

The Way it Works:

This workshop is done on one-on-one basis through email and also through Skype. The instructor will contact you after your registration and will set up the schedule based on your availability. You may also participate in our online discussion group.

** Please note that our workshops are available at any time. Therefore classes will begin after your registration, and they will run between six to eight consecutive weeks. (Please see each individual course for further details)

Each week you will receive a reading material and an assignment, and your work will be reviewed and discussed with you once a week either through email or Skype depending on your availability.

                                                                                                      

Registration Fee per course:
$250 CDN

Registration Procedure:
Download and complete the course Registration Form.

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Courses include:

  • Introduction to Playwriting
  • Introduction to Screenwriting
  • Advanced Screenwriting
  • Introduction to Writing Comedy
  • Writing Sitcoms 1 & 2
  • Comedy Feature Film
  • Writing Drama for Film
  • Other Workshops (Writing Sketch Comedy, Feedback)
  • Script Analysis

                                                                                                      

Introduction to Playwriting

Writing for the stage is different than writing for motion picture. While many of the storytelling aspects are the same, there are many differences in the script that playwrights should take under consideration. This introductory six-week online course will familiarize the student with the basic aspects of writing for the stage.

Basic subjects to be covered include the following:

  1. Introducing the basic story structure in a stage play
  2. Outlining your plot for stage
  3. Breaking down the plot into acts and scenes
  4. Creating memorable characters for stage
  5. Writing memorable dialogues suitable for stage
  6. Formatting your play – emphasis on directions, lighting, music, etc.

During this six-week online course, students will be receiving individual instructions offered through one-on-one e-mail correspondence (and through Skype, if needed) exploring the subjects mentioned above. Upon completion of this course, students will have the opportunity to write a short 10 page play to be presented on stage at the Glendon Theater.

                                                                                                      

Introduction to Screenwriting

This introductory eight week online course will cover the fundamentals of screenwriting through creative exercises that will explore character creation, plot development/structure, formatting, etc.

Subjects to be covered:

  1. Introduction to the basic story structure in a screenplay
  2. Designing your idea
  3. Creating your characters
  4. Outlining your plot
  5. Breaking it into acts and scenes
  6. Techniques for writing dialogues
  7. Formatting your screenplay
  8. Pitching and selling strategies

This course offers the flexibility you need to learn about screenwriting without attending class.

For eight weeks after the registration, students will be receiving individual instructions offered through one-on-one e-mail correspondence (also through Skype, if needed) exploring the fundamentals of screenwriting. Writing exercises are also included in the program.

                                                                                                      

Advanced Screenwriting – Outlining The Plot

If you already have an idea in mind but don’t know how to form a story and turn it into a screenplay, this eight week online course will help you develop your idea into a story and a screenplay.

The points to be covered are:

  • Creating and/or improving your premise
  • Forming or improving your plot
  • Outlining your plot into acts
  • Outlining your acts into scenes
  • Improving your dialogue

For eight weeks after the registration, students will be receiving individual instructions offered through one-on-one e-mail correspondence (also through Skype, if needed) exploring the fundamentals of formatting a screenplay/playwright.

                                                                                                      

Introduction to Writing Comedy

Learn the fundamentals of writing comedy in this 8 week online introductory program. Through various sketches and writing exercises, students will have the opportunity to discover different genres of comedy, and to learn the basic scene structure and character development in a comedy script.

Basic subjects to be covered include the following:

  1. Introduction to different styles of comedy
  2. Introduction to Sketch Comedy
  3. Creating funny and memorable characters
  4. Writing parody
  5. Writing social and political satire
  6. Introduction to “clash of context,” and “inappropriate response” approaches to comedy
  7. Writing sitcoms and specs
  8. Writing one-liners … suitable for late night shows

For eight weeks after the registration, students will be receiving individual instructions offered through one-on-one e-mail correspondence (also through Skype, if needed) exploring the fundamentals in comedy writing. Writing exercises are also included in the program.

                                                                                                      

Writing Sitcoms – Part One

Were you ever in a situation that gave you an idea for a Sitcom? Or Have you ever wanted to write sitcoms but didn’t know where to begin? If so, then you may want to join this class to learn the fundamentals of writing for sitcom.

  1. Introduction to sitcom formats
  2. Finding your funny story
  3. Creating your central character(s)
  4. Creating your antagonist(s)
  5. Common mistakes made by first time comedy writers
  6. Writing your pilot episode

For eight weeks after the registration, students will be receiving individual instructions offered through one-on-one e-mail correspondence (also through Skype, if needed) exploring the fundamentals in writing sitcoms. Writing exercises are also included in the program. The last two weeks of the program will be focused on writing your pilot.

                                                                                                      

Writing Sitcoms – Part Two

This workshop is the continuation of Part One Writing for Sitcoms. In this eight week course, you will have the opportunity to develop your premise and characters even further by writing four more episodes. With the help of your instructor, you will work on and submit your scripts every two weeks.

                                                                                                      

Comedy Feature Film

This 8 week workshop is designed for those who wish to write a comedy feature film.

Just like in any other discipline of writing, the writing of a comedy feature film has its own rules, formats and forms. This workshop will give the students the opportunity to properly outline and structure a feature length comedy screenplay by elaborating in detail on story structure, character development, writing dialogue, and every aspect of comedy writing for a feature film. Whether you have little experience or no experience at all, you will have the opportunity to discover what works and what doesn’t in this comedy feature film course.

Points to be covered:

  • Compelling story structure in a comedy series (difference between comedy and drama)
  • Plotting your story
  • Developing your characters
  • Outlining your story
  • Writing captivating and funny dialogues
  • Formatting a comedy screenplay
  • The common mistakes made by amateur comedy writers
  • Selling strategies

For eight weeks after the registration, students will be receiving individual instructions offered through one-on-one e-mail correspondence (also through Skype, if needed) exploring the fundamentals in comedy feature film writing.

                                                                                                      

Writing Drama for Film, Television and Theater

This workshop is ideal for those who want to further their career in writing drama for motion pictures, television and theater.

Subjects to be covered:

  • Forming a compelling dramatic story
  • Nature of dramatic structure in any play
  • Creating unforgettable characters for drama – Part 1 – The protagonists
  • Creating unforgettable characters for drama – Part 2 – The antagonists
  • Writing effective and powerful dialogues
  • Four page treatments

For eight weeks after the registration, students will be receiving individual instructions offered through one-on-one e-mail correspondence (also through Skype, if needed) exploring the fundamentals in writing Drama. Writing exercises are also included in the program. The last two weeks of the program will be focused on writing your pilot.

                                                                                                      

Other Workshops – Feedback and Writing Sketch Comedy

Feedback

If you have written any scripts and you need feedback, you can join our online discussion group to discuss your work. Your written material will first be read by the instructor who will provide an in-depth analysis of your work. Then it will be posted up on our discussion board for other students to review and provide constructive criticism and feedback. The discussions will be moderated by the instructor three times a week for eight consecutive weeks. Short sketch comedies may be eligible for presentations on stage at Glendon Theater.

                                                                                                      

Writing Sketch Comedy for Glendon Theater

If you want to take your writing career to the next level and get noticed, you may want to take advantage of this eight week course. In this program, writers will have the opportunity to generate original material based on current events, personal stories and other events, and have them presented on stage, in front of live audience at Glendon Theater.
The instructor will help you write short sketches by teaching you the fundamentals of writing sketch comedy, and then cast your short play for presentation. The presentations will run once a week for six consecutive weeks on stage at Glendon Theater. Prominent members of Canadian film industry who are in search of new talent might be invited to review your work.

                                                                                                      

Sketch Comedy Writing for ESL Students

This course is designed specifically for ESL students who are seeking to improve their communication skills. Through weekly dialogue-writing assignments, students will be able to improve their speaking and writing skills.

                                                                                                      

Script Analysis

This class is for those who are in the process of writing or have written a screenplay or a stage play and need further assistance or guidance. It is designed to boost the writers’ confidence, and also to help them take their writing skills to the next level.

                                                                                                      

Subjects to be covered:

  1. Reviewing your script and discussing your strengths and weaknesses
  2. The techniques of creating powerful characters that stay with the audience for a long time
  3. The techniques of creating powerful dialogue;
  4. The importance of the first 10 pages of your screenplay
  5. Reviewing your inciting incident
  6. Discussing action vs. character
  7. The art of re-writing
  8. Selling strategies

During this eight week online course, students will be receiving individual instructions offered through one-on-one e-mail correspondence (and through Skype, if needed) exploring the subjects mentioned above.

Instructor Biography:  Romina DerMardirosian Comedy Writer, Script Consultant, Writing Coach, and Program Developer

Online ESL and Creative Writing courses are run by Romina Dermardirosian who brings more than 10 years of experience in teaching and creative writing.

Romina began her career in writing after she graduated from York University in Toronto, Canada with an Honors B.A. in both English and French Studies. At that time, she was hired to translate a children’s book from French into English. Later on, she worked as a writer’s assistant and as a script reader for various theaters and production companies.

Her experience in teaching started many years ago when she ran private workshops to tutor newcomers to Canada with both their English and French skills. She also traveled to Europe during summer vacations to teach English as a Second Language to foreigners.

A few years ago, Romina became involved with The Second City in Toronto, and as such, she co-wrote and produced some shows that were performed live on stage at the John Candy Box Office. In 2011, Romina moved to Los Angeles and continued her work at The Second City in Hollywood, where she co-wrote two sketch shows: Fuselage of Love and SecondCityThisWeek!

During her time working with the cast and crew of these shows, she had the pleasure of working with various famous TV writers and actors who gave her the confidence and the strength she needed to move forward as a script writer and director’s assistant.

                                                                                                      

http://www.glonline.education

Registration Fee per course:
$250 CDN

Registration Procedure:
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