Creative Writing Workshop (Screenwriting)


A 2-weekend workshop by an award-winning director and screenwriter!
Instructor: Nada Serhan

Do you have an idea for a film but don’t know how to begin writing the script? Have you ever encountered a person or concept so unique that you thought to yourself, “they should be their own film,” but didn’t know how to turn the idea into a story? In this intensive workshop, we will work on building scripts from the foundations to the finishing touches. We will explore an array of topics from thinking in terms of visual media to using tried-and-tested screenwriting techniques. And, of course, we will put our insights into practice with ample time to develop and discuss our own scripts.

The workshop is designed and led by acclaimed filmmaker Nada Serhan, whose short films and scripts, including Wanting (2020) and Down Memory Lane (2023), have been internationally recognized with multiple awards. Novice and experienced writers alike are welcome to participate—no previous experience is necessary! The workshop can be booked for a single weekend or as a 2-weekend package.

Weekend 1: Fundamentals of Screenwriting

The first weekend will concentrate on the fundamentals of screenwriting. In particular, we will focus on structure, character building, and dialogue. We will familiarize ourselves with different techniques such as the rule of threes and foreshadowing, and explore how they work in script form. The final part of the workshop will be devoted to a brainstorming session for developing your own script.

Weekend 2: Writing a Short Film

The second weekend will be dedicated to writing a short film and workshopping it with the group. Participants from Weekend 1 can take this opportunity to develop their story ideas and take the journey from drafting to editing to finalizing their short scripts. New participants can bring in their own scripts-in-progress, discussing and developing them in a supportive atmosphere of like-minded writers.

Maximum enrollment: 10


Saturday – Sunday, 10:00-17:00
14-15 & 28-29 October 2023
7 hours each day (including a lunch break)


75016, Paris

All PICT courses are held in person. Participants will be contacted by the course instructor with the relevant details (readings if any, exact address, etc.) via email during the week leading up to the course.

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Weekend 1: Fundamentals of Screenwriting, Weekend 2: Writing a Short Film, Both Weekends