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  • Six-week workshop, July 7 through August 11

The Woodstock Film Festival is presenting a six-week screenwriting workshop with screenwriter/journalist Lisa Katzman in Bearsville. The goal of the workshop is to develop a feature length screenplay. The workshop is limited to eight people.

Workshop activities are geared for beginners as well as for individuals with some experience in this form of dramatic writing. Sessions will be balanced between working on screenplays through a sharing of work, writing exercises, and a discussion of assigned screenplays and films. Participants need a willingness write regularly outside of class, to share work in class, to be open to the process of hearing and giving feedback, and to re-writing.

Ms. Katzman's approach to screenwriting is more eclectic and poetic than formulaic. For instance, she is not an adherent to the Robert McKee approach, though she agrees that important observations about structure can be gleaned from his work (as even Charlie Kaufman proves in Adaptation ). Ms. Katzman is especially interested in and useful to those who want to tell personal stories in the medium of film in unconventional ways.

Lisa Katzman has taught in the Graduate Film Program at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and previously taught screenwriting and other film courses at Bard College. Her screenplay Rachel and Gerard , written for director Charles Burnett, is currently being cast. Two other screenplays by Ms. Katzman: Ruthie's Hair and Tamar's Tale are in development. Ms. Katzman is currently completing Tootie's Last Suit , a documentary she produced and directed about the Black Indians of New Orleans. As a journalist she has written about film for many years for various publications, including The New York Times Village Voice , Film Comment , Chicago Tribune , and Chicago Reader .

Workshops sessions in Bearsville will meet on Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The fee is $350.

To register or for more information please contact Lisa via email at or by phone: (646) 414-4294.

"Lisa was the best writing teacher I had at NYU. She's an expert at working with you and your ideas, helping you achieve the best screenplay possible. She works hard and her enthusiasm motivates you. With her help, my screenwriting skills developed to the point where I now do it for a living."

Jonathan J. Detrixhe, MFA 2003 New York University Graduate Film, currently writing for Gigantic Pictures.

"Lisa's course turns the key to writing that screenplay in your mind." Steve Gottlieb, playwright.

"With attention and generosity, Lisa draws out the subtle strengths of stories, and guides the group toward writing that is intelligent, coherent, and evocative." Julia Lazarus, journalist.

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