Wilkes University’s graduate creative writing program will offer workshops in screenwriting and playwriting at the Mesa Center for Higher Education, 245 W. Second Street in Mesa.
Two screenwriting workshops are scheduled for Saturday, April 5. “The Basics of Writing a Screenplay” will be taught from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. where students will learn the nuts and bolts of writing a screenplay and breaking into the film industry. Ross Klavan and Richard Uhlig, two Wilkes faculty and seasoned writers who have produced films, will teach this workshop. Following lunch with the filmmakers, another workshop is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. “Pitch Session for Screenwriters” is designed for students to present their movie ideas and scripts to three filmmakers: Ross Klavan, Richard Uhlig and Susan Cartsonis. The cost of each of these workshops is $15. For students interested in attending both workshops, the fee is $25, which includes lunch.
An interactive playwriting workshop is also scheduled for Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This workshop will introduce students with two to ten-minute plays. Students will write their own plays and have them formally read during the workshop by playwright Bonnie Culver. The cost of this workshop is $25, with lunch included.
All workshops will be held at Wilkes University in the Mesa Center for Higher Education, 245 W. Second St. To register, call (480) 878-4412 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan Cartsonis was named one of the top five grossing producers of the year by The Hollywood Reporter for her film “What Women Want.” She produced three teen hit films, “Where The Heart Is,” “Aquamarine,” and “No Reservations.” Ross Klavan’s novel, Schmuck, was recently published by Greenpoint Press. He has also written several screenplays, including “The Colony,” Baghdad Blog,” “Heaven’s Brides,” and “Tigerland,” which was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award. Richard Uhlig co-wrote and co-produced the feature comedy “Viva Las Nowhere.” He also wrote, directed and produced documentaries for PBS and has written three novels.
Bonnie Culver joined Wilkes in 1990 and served as associate professor of English for seven years before being named dean of the College of Arts, Sciences and Professional Studies. In 2005, Culver co-founded the low-residency M.A./M.F.A. creative writing graduate program with J. Michael Lennon, Wilkes vice president emeritus for academic affairs and professor emeritus of English. She has written over 20 plays, many of which have been produced by community, regional and university theatres and equity companies from New York City to Los Angeles.