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in Theater, Film & Writing

Writing for the Screen


with Raymond Jones

Calendar Feb 2, 2021 at 5 pm, runs for 6 weeks


Have you ever wanted to learn how to write your own film?  In this class, this is exactly what you'll be doing.  Throughout the 6-week class, you will examine scenes from film and television, breaking down important screenwriting elements, and writing and workshopping your own short film scripts.

5:00 - 6:30 pm, Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, March 9, 16, 23.  (Note, there is no class on February 23 or March 2).


Creative Circle Writers Group


with Jules Corriere

Calendar Mar 25, 2021 at 10 am, runs for 12 weeks

Ages 15- Adult

This writers group meets on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the McKinney Center. The group this year will focus on developing and generating stories for possible use in the monthly radio show “StoryTown Radio Show and Podcast” which performs at the McKinney Center and airs on WETS 89.5 FM. The group will also develop stories and pieces for other special story-based programs that are part of the StoryTown Initiative. In addition, members are encouraged to bring creative works to develop for their own purposes. Techniques in writing for radio and the stage are regularly discussed. 

This class will transition to online if the need arises.

Story Collecting Workshop - ONLINE


with Jules Corriere

Calendar Apr 8, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

This four-part online class is designed for those interested in collecting oral stories from family members, neighbors, veterans, and community members. Participants learn how to conduct one-on-one interviews as well as how to hold story circles through a combination of class instruction and hands-on training, covering such skills as generating effective questions, finding potential storytellers, creating the best environment, as well as proper use of recording equipment. Participants each receive a PDF guidebook which follows the training course and Power Points. All who complete the course will be certified story collectors for Jonesborough’s StoryTown Programs. All Participants are encouraged to continue using the skills learned in this class by becoming a StoryTown Brigade member, and to collect stories from Washington County community members for use in Jonesborough’s StoryTown programs, which include a monthly radio show, podcast, annual play, and other projects.

6:00 - 7:00 pm, Thursdays, ONLINE, April 8, 15, 22, 29


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