About Our Workshops
We write screenplays for people. The relationship between the story on the screen in the theatre and the people sitting in the seats makes or breaks the artistic and commercial success of the movie.
What does a screenplay do to authentically engage an audience? What compels a reader to keep turning the pages? Why do specific elements elicit stronger emotional reactions to our stories? How does a writer write this into their screenplay? Where does this come from within the writer?
An award-winning screenwriter, Gordy Hoffman founded the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 1998, having since presided over the evaluation and adjudication of over 10,000 screenplays. This unique combination of writer and reader has allowed Gordy to develop and evolve a keen eye and feel for how a screenplay works successfully, and the intuitive, personal ways to address the problems through a writer’s approach.
Full Script Workshop (Limit 7 Writers)
Participants read seven screenplays in advance of the workshop. During the workshop, Gordy provides direct and in-depth feedback on each screenplay, with everyone encouraged to contribute his or her own thoughts and concerns.
Screenplays can be first drafts or rewrites, incomplete or partial, with first time writers and veterans all welcome. Scripts are due 10-14 days prior to the date of the workshop. Scripts may not exceed 125 pages in length.
Note: Screenplays submitted to the workshop are not eligible to be entered into the BlueCat Screenplay Competition.
The First Ten Pages Workshop (Limit 12 writers)
Each writer submits the first ten pages of their screenplay to the group before the workshop day. On the workshop day, we read the ten pages out loud, providing each writer the valuable experience of hearing their script, followed by a discussion of the pages by the workshop.
What if I don’t have a script ready, but I’d like to attend?
Do you want to participate, but do not have a script to submit at this time? You can sign up for regular registration for the workshop, which allows you to attend without submitting written material, read the scripts in advance and still participate in the discussion.
Note: A workshop may sell out in regards to full registrations, but the regular registration option is always available.
What if I can’t make it to a workshop?
*Note: We cannot refund workshop fees fewer than 15 days prior to your workshop session.