Screenwriting with Yale Professor Marc Lapadula – DC Area

Limited spaces still remain!
Registration will close once the class is full. GET 20% OFF your total when you sign up with a friend(s) and pay in 1 transaction — the discount shows up automatically once you put 2 or more in the shopping cart and pay at once with one credit card. The more people who sign up together in one payment, the bigger the discount!

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Screenwriting Seminar
- All Levels

Saturday, June 14, 2014


Yale Film Professor Marc Lapadula

Near Bethesda Metro (See Address Below)

$100 – June 14
Limited Spaces Still Remain

Screenwriting Workshop
- Advanced

Saturday, June 14, 2014


Yale Film Professor Marc Lapadula

Near Bethesda Metro (See Address Below)

$100 – June 14
Limited Spaces Remain out of 12

Screenwriting Seminar AND Workshop (Both in 1 Day)
- All Levels

Saturday, June 14, 2014

9am- 5:30pm

Yale Film Professor Marc Lapadula

Near Bethesda Metro (See Address Below)

(Discount for both Classes) -
June 14

Limited Spaces remain out of 12


For beginners to advanced screenwriters, writers, or just plain movie lovers!  The All Levels Afternoon (1:30pm to 5:30pm) Screenwriting Seminar is for all levels. For the Advanced Screenwriting Workshop (from 9:30am to 12:30pm), you can still take it if you are a beginner and don’t have any pages to share.  You can come and pitch your idea only or even just observe and learn from hearing other people’s pages and their corrections.

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* 25% off
your total when you put 3 in the cart (for 3 friends paying at once in 1 payment transaction)
* 30% off
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* Contact Amina
for any questions or if you are interested in our internship or service exchange program
Must pay for everyone at once with 1 credit card at one time to get this discount. Discounts can not be combined.

$100 for early sign ups, price may increase closer to the date

PRICE Includes:
* $20 value course packet at almost 200 pages
* Light Snacks (fruit, coffee, donuts, etc.)
* Option to buy Screenplay Manuscripts and Discounted Final Draft #8 Screenwriting Software in class

The Palisades of Bethesda (Luxury Apartment Building’s Conference room)
4835 Cordell Ave Bethesda MD 20814 – Must pre-pay at the link at the top of the page – Amina will have the attendance list with her to check people in
Near Bethesda Metro with ample free parking at the Public Garages nearby which are free on weekends
NOTE: The instructor and the organizer Amina are not affiliated with The Palisades of Bethesda Building but are using the space only for the Seminar

Email or call or text Amina at (301) 641-6055(301) 641-6055

Marc Lapadula is a full-time Professor at Yale University where he runs and teaches the entire screenwriting curriculum in The Film Studies Program. He has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate Film School, Johns Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania. He has lectured at The Smithsonian Institution and many other venues. Former students have written: (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, THE HANGOVER, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, THE BREAK UP, THE SPECTACULAR NOW, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, ANAMORPH, EXPENDABLES 3, BRIDE WARS as well as several other highly successful and/or critically-acclaimed films. They have also scripted award-winning teleplays for TV: FAMILY GUY, LAW AND ORDER, SVU, SCRUBS, THE AGENCY and other shows.

Marc produced the short film, ANGEL PASSING, starring Hume Cronyn, which was screened at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Award at WORLDFEST, the Houston International Film Festival. Most recently Marc co-produced the film, MENTOR, starring Rutger Hauer (Actor from the movie BLADE RUNNER). Marc has been an expert analyst in major lawsuits and has been a screenplay analyst to several studios and film production companies. Therefore if you think you may be interested in purchasing any of these items bring cash or check with you.

COURSE DESCRIPTION – Advanced Screenwriting Workshop
9:30am to 12:30pm (15 student limit):
In the Advanced Screenwriting Workshop you will have the opportunity to pitch your screenplay story idea for close critique by Professor Marc Lapadula (who runs the Screenwriting Program at Yale). You also have the option to workshop the first 1 to 2 pages of your script which will be analyzed by the professor with additional feedback from the class.  You are not required to bring pages, it is just an option.  Limited to 15 spots. Please bring 16 copies of your first 2 pages with you to share with the Professor and the class.  Class includes option to buy screenplays & discounted final Draft 9 computer program.

COURSE DESCRIPTION – All Levels Lecture Seminar
1:30pm to 5:30pm (Limited to 40 spots):

Yale Professor Marc Lapadula is coming into town for the day, so take advantage of his expertise! Join us for an afternoon of excellent information, laughter, food, and fun in this Lecture Seminar! Learn the tactics of writing and selling a feature-length screenplay. Participants will learn about plotting cinematic narrative, creating dimensional characters, writing compelling dialogue as well as the specific requirements of professional screenplay format. In-depth analysis, discussion, page excerpt readings and clips of several classic and successful films will be shown. He will also discuss marketing strategies for selling your work. Near the end of the lecture Seminar we’ll have time for questions and answers and students are welcome to ask questions throughout.

Professor Marc Lapadula will be bringing some extra scripts with him in case anyone chooses to purchase some to add to their Script Library. He will also be selling the professional screenwriting computer program Final Draft #9 at a steeply discounted student rate. This program formats your movie scripts, television episodes, and stageplays so that you don’t have to. Therefore if you think you may be interested in purchasing any of these items bring cash or check with you.


“Marc Lapadula’s screenwriting course helped me to get started the right way in this exciting — but different and challenging — kind of writing. The screenplay I began in Marc’s course, The Paper Route, went on to win cash prizes in six screenwriting contests and is ranked as one of the top all-time winners by Since then I have completed three more scripts, one of which just won first prize in a screenwriting contest; and I have received hundreds of requests for my scripts from producers. I thoroughly recommend Marc’s course both for beginning screenwriters and for those who have been at it a while.”
-Dan Howell

“I sent [Marc]’s announcement for the Seminar this year to friends and family. Brings back great memories for me and I hope [he gets] a ton of folks… Marc’s a gifted teacher, funny as all get out, and the seminar itself is worth it for anyone who’s thought about screenwriting or loves film in general. . . See you at the movies!”
- Ralph

“I love Marc and his class which is why I’m helping to organize this one. He’s funny, informative, and has so much energy, it’s almost like going to an entertainment show rather than a class. I’ve taken his class more than once and even forced my husband to take it (who hates to write but is a movie lover). After class he told me he was really glad I made him take it.”
- Amina Vohra (Manager of District Groove)

Marc is a great teacher. Very funny. He made the five hours enjoyable and I don’t even write. I just love movies. It was worth the 3 hour drive from New Jersey with my boyfriend.”
- Jenna H

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* Black and White Class Photos credit: David Wardrick