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Screenwriting for Physicians, January 17–18, 2019, Clewarwater Beach, FL


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For all physicians who enjoy movies and have an interest in screenplay writing. This will be the most fun you have ever had in a course with your colleagues. You will learn in an extremely interactive way (including demos with movie clips) how to write a screenplay that sells. Taught by a highly qualified faculty, Professor Rich Krevolin, a Yale Graduate who has 15 years’ experience teaching at USC Cinema/TV school. Rich has taught, mentored and coached hundreds of aspiring physician screenwriters. 

Have you ever seen a film or watched a TV show and thought, “I could write something better than this?” Do you have a great idea for a screenplay, but don’t know where to begin? Do you have the first twenty pages of a screenplay you haven’t finished? Or do you have a novel that would make a great movie? 

If you’re a physician who has ever experienced any of these scenarios or just want to learn how to write a screenplay, this unique workshop is a must for you. You will learn from Master teacher and Screenwriting Professor Richard Krevolin. Professor Krevolin has vast experience teaching and coaching physicians. 

This lively and interactive program is likely to be the most enjoyable educational experience you will have as a physician. You will have the opportunity to get all your questions answered. There will be numerous video examples and ample time to network. NOTE: This program is appropriate for aspiring physician screenwriters of all levels of experience. You are NOT expected to have written a screenplay before attending this class. 

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Location/Hotel Accommodations:SEAK’s 2019 Creative Writing for Physicians Courses will be held at the Opal Sands Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL. The Opal Sands Resort offers guests ultra-modern Gulf front accommodations on the Gulf of Mexico, right on Clearwater Beach’s lively promenade. SEAK has secured a special group rate of $219/night. Rooms are limited and this rate expires on January 2, 2019. To make your reservations, please call 1-855-335-1087 and refer to the SEAK Writing for Physicians Group rate or click here to book online. 

Tuition:Tuition for each seminar is $1295 until October 31, 2018; $1395 November 1, 2018 – January 2, 2019; $1495 after January 2, 2019.  

Meals:Breakfast and lunch with faculty will be provided each day.  

Travel Information:The Opal Sands Resort is located within walking distance of dozens of restaurants and is a 20 miles/30 minutes cab, rideshare or shuttle ride from Tampa International Airport, so we suggest saving money and time by not renting a car.  

Continuing Medical Education Credits:Due to the nature of the subject matter, CMEs are not available for these programs.  

Conference Cancellations:Conference cancellations received in writing on or before January 2, 2019 will receive a full tuition refund. Conference cancellations received after January 2, 2019 will receive a full tuition credit. 


Following this course, attendees will be able to understand:

Everything you need to know to write your first script.
The techniques and disciplines of classical Hollywood screenwriting and storytelling.
How to adapt a novel or short story into a screenplay.
Screenplay format and three act structure.
The essence of good dialogue.
The screenplay scene-o-gram.
The log-line and the step outline.
Creating sympathetic, three-dimensional characters.
The business of screenwriting—producers, agents and managers.


krevolin.jpgRichard Krevolin is an author, playwright, screenwriter, and professor. A graduate of Yale University, Rich went on to earn a master’s degree in screenwriting at UCLA’s School of Cinema-Television, and a master’s degree in playwriting from USC. For 15 years, he was a Professor of Screenwriting at USC Cinema/TV School. He is the author of the books, Screenwriting From The Soul (St. Martins Press), Screenwriting in the Land of Oz, and How To Adapt Anything Into A Screenplay (Wiley & Sons). Rich directed the PBS documentary, Making Light in Terezin and wrote and directed the feature film, ATTACHMENTS, starring Academy Award nominated actress Katharine Ross. Rich has extensive experience teaching, coaching and mentoring physician writers.  


Day One: Thursday, January 17, 2019


8:00–9:00 How and Why Good Storytelling and Scripts Work

A deep dive into neurocognition and how storytelling and more specifically, screenwriting, is so deeply affective both emotionally and intellectually. Come along with Prof. Krevolin as he shows the physician attendees how movies really work and how they are constructed. Questions & Answers 

9:00–10:00 Screenwriting 101: The Key Points They Teach You at USC Film School in 60 Minutes or less!

The basics of storytelling, conflict, establishing a sympathetic character who wants something badly, three act structure (beginning, middle, end), inciting incident, active pursuit, legitimate manipulation of audience response, overcoming obstacles, and more. Questions & Answers 


10:15–12:00 Screenwriting 102 & Final Draft: Creating a Unified Format

There is a standard format used by all of the Hollywood studios for screenplays. This format is called the master scene format and it is the clearest, cleanest way to tell a visual story. It prioritizes only two things—what the characters do and what they say! Feelings, thoughts, and backstory are verboten. Show us the story and we must glean everything from what the characters say and do, with the emphasis on the visual over the verbal. Questions & Answers 


12:45–2:00 How to Adapt Anything into A Screenplay!

The five steps that are necessary to adapt anything into a script. This includes the basic questions all storytellers must ask themselves and the nature of each genre. What screenplays, stage plays and novels share and how they are different. Questions & Answers 

2:00–3:00 Understanding Three Act Structure

The key to writing is structure. So, we will watch excerpts from classic Hollywood films and analyze how they break down into three acts and how the scenes are ordered and structured. Questions & Answers 


3:15–5:00 Script Secrets—Seeing Structure at Work in Videos

We will now watch a series of short films to see how the great filmmakers of the past have applied these screenwriting rules and employed structure to make stories that affect the emotions. Questions & Answers


Day Two: Friday, January 18, 2019


7:00–9:00 The Screenwriter’s Toolbox—The Tricks and Techniques You Need to Write Great Scripts

Professor Krevolin will open up the screenwriter’s toolbox and show you dozens of secret tips and methods that will make movie going more enjoyable and allow you to write great scenes and scripts. Questions & Answers 


9:15–11:00 Professor K.’s 5 Step Screenwriting Process

You will learn a proven methodology developed at USC Film school which will allow you to take an idea and develop it through the scene-o-gram all the way to an outline and a first draft. Questions & Answers 


11:15–12:00 The Business of Screenwriting—A Guerrilla Survival Guide

What you need to know about Hollywood, agents, managers, producers, negotiations, legal contracts and the process of selling scripts and getting top dollar. Questions & Answers 


12:45–2:30 Advanced Story Analysis

Together, we will watch excerpts from a classic Hollywood film and break down as to how it is structured and what tricks the screenwriter employed to endow it with great emotional power. This is a deep dive into filmic structure and will provide you with the tools you need to know to write professional level scripts. Questions & Answers


“Very dynamic. I did not want to leave the room!” 

“Very well presented, enthusiastic lecturer, a great deal of information presented in an easy to follow format” 

“I greatly enjoyed this program-I had no prior knowledge of screenwriting, but now feel I know all the important basics. Your enthusiastic presentation has made me excited about the possibilities in this field of writing” 

“Very well organized and broadly applicable to all areas of story-telling!” 

“You’re great. You can tell you have fun doing this. Natural teacher.” 

“Excellent teaching method, done with an open heart.” 

“Very engaging, sensitive, helpful.”

“Fun, you obviously enjoy all this, your passion is infectious.” 

“Thanks a million, top notch presentation.” 

“Excellent, inspiring, informative. I’m totally encouraged to write and will consider returning to the conference.” 

“One of the most interesting days of my recent life.”

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