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Introduction To Screenwriting: 2-Part Virtual Workshop Series


This workshop will be virtual for two weeks (2 hours per week).

January 12th and January 19th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Screenplays form the starting point for most dramatic films and are the essential work from which all other filmmaking flows. The screenplay is the filmmaker’s map, and the stronger the screenplay, the better chance at a compelling film the filmmaker will have. This course will introduce you to the basic elements and key concepts behind a professional screenplay and will go over narrative form, formatting, story, plot, genres, short vs long-form, and more. We will give you the basic elements that will set you on the path to your first (or next!) screenplay while you learn tips and tricks to make it producible, well-formatted, and compelling.


Every participant in the class gets a $15 gift card to Nelson Photo Supplies, provided by our generous sponsor! Gift cards can be redeemed in-store only.


Cost:  $25 plus $1 processing fee per two-week workshop

Ages: 14 and up

Level: Beginner to Intermediate


Online Via Zoom. A link will be sent prior to the workshop dates.


This class will be taught by the founder and president of the Film Consortium San Diego, Jodi Cilley, and award-winning screenwriter Laurie Lamson. Featuring special guests!


Jodi Cilley

Jodi Cilley is a long-time filmmaker, entrepreneur, and educator. She has been teaching video production since 2004 and has taught video and editing at San Diego City College, UC San Diego Extension Digital Arts Center, Platt College, and the Media Arts Center San Diego. She has produced over a hundred projects including web series’, short films, TV specials, documentaries, and commercial projects, and recently produced Film Indiego, a 6-Part TV Series for KPBS.

She has a BS in Sociology from Boston College and an MBA with specializations in entrepreneurship and management from San Diego State University. As the founder and current president of the Film Consortium San Diego and the founder and producer of the annual San Diego Film Awards and San Diego Film Week, she is working to build a strong local film industry and to increase exhibition, distribution, funding, and employment opportunities for local up and coming film talent.

Laurie Lamson

Laurie Lamson is a versatile writer, award-winning screenwriter, and screenplay consultant who puts art, heart, and soul in every project.

She has written 100 produced film, video, and audio scripts for education, entertainment, and marketing, including the feature film GUITAR MAN, which has earned 16 film festival wins. 

Laurie was the International Screenwriters’ Association telecon host for four years. She is the author/editor of the writing exercise anthology Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, and co-author/editor of Now Write! Screenwriting and Now Write! Mysteries.

Robert Nelson Jacobs

Robert Nelson Jacobs grew up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Jacobs attended Yale University, where he received the Curtis Literary Prize for his short fiction and graduated with honors. He earned his master’s degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Jacobs began his career as a writer of short stories that were published in little, prestigious magazines that generated little, prestigious income. Jacobs’ love of movies brought him to California, where it took a number of years for his work to finally start paying the rent. In 2000, Jacobs received an Academy Award nomination for best-adapted screenplay for Chocolat. In 2014, Jacobs was elected president of the Writers Guild Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting and preserving the craft of writing for the screen.

Michael P. Richardson

Michael P. Richardson has been shooting Panasonic Lumix Mirrorless cameras exclusively for over three years. After working with the major DSLR lines, Michael chose Panasonic for its size, weight, and technical advantages as well as its legendary Leica Glass options. Creating images for such clients as Disney, Toyota, Honda, Pioneer, Alpine, and Airbus over a 30-year professional photographic career. Considered a Digital Reproduction and Color Specialist Michael has worked with numerous agencies, museums, and galleries to design and manage their professional workflow and asset storage. In addition to a corporate and industrial photographic career, Michael enjoys shooting college and professional sports.

Michael has inspired numerous photographers with his back to basics approach to technical photography through various classes and themed demonstrations. He strives to assist other photographers in “seeing the light” through demonstration and discussion highlighting the benefits of the Panasonic/Lumix Mirrorless System.

Tony Amat

Tony Amat has been working in Sales at Nelson Photo Supplies since 2001.  He’s also been a marketing photographer with San Diego Comicon International since 2006. He also worked as a San Diego State University Marketing Photographer from 2010 to 2018.




Dates & Times



Tue, Mar 3
7:00 pm