2022 Master Class: Writing Scenes for the Screen (Afternoon)


A craft workshop with David Kirkpatrick.

4 Afternoons:  Monday 11/7 – Thursday 11/10, 1:30-4:30pm

A $100 combination discount will be applied when registering for the conference at the same time.

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Writing Scenes for the Screen

with David Paul Kirkpatrick

Director John Ford said that it’s critical to have 5 great scenes in any movie. Kirkpatrick built his career working with writers creating 5 memorable, scenes in their screenplays. In this workshop, you will not only learn how to conceptualize and write the scenes, but your fellow participants will be “getting those scenes on their feet” and acting them out together in scene labs. Part of learning scene is playing all the parts. When you leave this workshop, Kirkpatrick’s intent is to equip you with the secret sauce in scene-making that will make your script irresistible and producible.



David Kirkpatrick was the President of Paramount Pictures and the Production President of Walt Disney Studios. He started as a screenwriter, selling his first script to Paramount at 16. He became story editor at Paramount at 25 where he managed thousands of screenplays.  Over his long career, David has worked on over 200 motion pictures starting with ideas and seeing them through to successful production, marketing, and distribution. He has worked on such recognizable global franchises as Indiana Jones, and Star Trek.  He has developed countless Academy Award winning movies including Ordinary People, Elephant Man, Witness, Terms of Endearment, and Forest Gump.