Master Class on Writing Strong Female Characters for TV & Digital Media

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Master Class on Writing Strong Female Characters for TV & Digital Media

Are you interested in creating strong female characters that resonate with audiences? Write or revise your script in our master workshop.

By African Voices Magazine

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Tuesday, June 6 · 3:30 - 5:30pm PDT



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  • 2 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Reel Sisters & BRIC present

ONLINE: Master Class on Writing Strong Female Characters for TV & Digital Media

Instructor: Valerie Woods

Registration Fee: $225 (plus Eventbrite fees). (CODE: MasterClass2023 for $25 discount before 5/26/23)

DATES: 6/6/23, 6/8/23, 6/13/23, 6/15/23, 6/20/23, 6/22/23 .

Time: Tues. & Thurs., 6:30 pm-8:30 pm ET/3:30 pm-5:30 pm PT

Award-winning television veteran writer and film producer Valerie C. Woods will lead our master scriptwriting workshop that will focus on giving you a strong foundation in story and character development. You will create strong and richly layered women characters and work on preparing your script for production. Enjoy a nurturing and open creative environment where you will have a chance to write the first draft of your script or develop a work-in-progress. Polish log lines, treatments and beat sheets that will help you pitch your project to HBO, Disney or major television and film studios.

Once you have registered you will be sent information on the process for accessing the class online. You will also be given access to a folder with your first reading assignment and the syllabus.


The online workshop is being presented by Reel Sisters, the first Oscar Qualifying Festival for short narratives devoted to women filmmakers, and BRIC, the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. Scriptwriting Essentials & Master Class for Writing Strong Female Characters is a Trademark of Reel Sisters, the nation's leading film festival devoted to women of color. Reel Sisters will be held on Oct. 21-22, 2023.

Master Scriptwriting Workshop for Creating Strong Female Characters is supported by the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, National Endowment for the Art, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Brooklyn Arts Council, Council members Crystal Hudson and Farah Louis.

BRIC presents and incubates new work by artists and media-makers who reflect the diversity that surrounds us.

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Valerie C. Woods is a writer/producer in television and film and is also a publisher, editor, and author. Recently (2022), she was a Writer/Co-Executive Producer on Season 1 of the Disney+ series The Crossover. She also worked in the same position for the limited series The Big Cigar, coming soon to Apple TV+.

During Valerie’s 25+ plus years as a member of WGAw, she has also written on one hour drama series four CBS, Lifetime, Netflix, OWN, and Showtime. Her writer/producer credits include Sweet Magnolias (S2), Queen Sugar (S4), Any Day Now (S1-4). Her episode “Family is Family” was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award, Soul Food (S4) and Touched by an Angel (S2). Valerie’s career began after being awarded a Fellowship with Walt Disney Studios.

Currently, she is developing through her MCV Productions banner three projects: a limited series based on Wrapped in Rainbows – The Life of Zora Neale Hurston, the award-winning biography written by Valerie Boyd; an episodic TV series adapted from A Cowboy to Remember, and the Cowboys of California romance trilogy by Rebekah Weatherspoon; and a screenplay, Homecoming, adapted from the historical Christmas romance written by NAACP Award-Winning author, Beverly Jenkins.

As one of four instructors trained by acclaimed screenwriter author and teacher Syd Field, Valerie has served as Creative Director for Syd Field – The Art of Visual Storytelling platform. She also taught as Adjunct Faculty in the Stephens College Low-Residency MFA in TV and Screenwriting program (2016-2020). In Fall 2020, Valerie joined the University of Georgia as a Screenwriting Mentor in their Low-Residency MFA in Narrative Media Writing.

About the organizer

African Voices is a non-profit literary arts magazine devoted to publishing and presenting work by artists of color. Founded in 1992, African Voices will celebrate its 30 year anniversary in 2019. The magazine has published more than 4,270 writers since its inception. For information visit

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