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(Webinar) Unlocked: An Online Screenwriting Workshop

Emerging – as well as seasoned writers – often get so overwhelmed beneath the sheer weight of what they want to tell that they feel frozen. In this hour-long workshop with guest instructor Christine Maul Rice, participants will write in response to a series of questions that will help visualize the place where a scene happens, experiment with point of view (to access the internal perceptions/desires of various characters), and explore dialogue, among other elements. Come to the workshop with an idea of the scene (and characters) you want to explore, but be ready to throw out old ideas that no longer serve the narrative. You’ll be writing for most of the hour with a goal of “writing as quickly as you can and telling it as fully as you can.” Also: Be open to taking risks on the page.


In 2019, Christine Maul Rice was named one of 30 Writers to Watch by Chicago’s Guild Complex and New City included her in Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago. Her novel, Swarm Theory, earned a spot in PANK’s The Best 21 Books of 2016, was named one of three finalists in Chicago Writers Association Best Books of 2016, was included in Powell’s Books Mid-Year Roundup, the Best Books of 2016 So Far, and was called “a gripping work of Midwest Gothic” by Michigan Public Radio. Her short stories, essays, and long-form journalism have appeared in Make Literary Magazine, The Rumpus, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Millions, Chicago Tribune, and Detroit’s Metro Times, among others. Christine was a faculty member in the Columbia College Chicago Fiction Writing Department for over 20 years. In 2010, she founded the literary journal In 2017, she founded the social justice nonprofit Hypertext Magazine & Studio.

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Event Details
06. 28. 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Chicago Screenwriters Network