Introduction to Screenwriting

2 Wednesdays: Feb 13 & 20 – 7 PM to 9:30 PM
at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba
$60 / $50 for AGSM Members

(this link will take you to the AGSM’s workshop payment page)

About the Workshop

This introductory workshop will provide an introduction to narrative story structure that is a common foundation for short and feature films.

Through case studies and group discussions, this workshop will provide an overview of the key structural elements of narrative fiction film. Topics covered include three act structure, screenplay format, and character development.


Participants should register with a basic story idea, to workshop their idea in class, to support structure development that participants can continue to develop after the workshop.

Registered participants should submit a short summary of their story idea (two paragraphs maximum) by Wednesday February 6 to with the subject line “workshop story idea.”

INSTRUCTOR: Manitoba writer/director Cecilia Araneda holds an MFA in screenplay writing from the University of British Columbia. She has worked professionally as a writer on television and short film projects, and is currently developing her first dramatic feature film, Intersection. Araneda is a practicing independent filmmaker who works in documentary, fiction and experimental forms. Her film work has been funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, Manitoba Film + Music, and the NFB, among others.