Screen and Stage Writing Fundamentals: A Course Exclusively for Tai People

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Have you ever wanted to write a movie, TV script, or play? Learn how in this class for all people of Tai descent.

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Have you ever wanted to write a movie or TV script? Or write a play for stage? Learn how in this private class offered to all people of Tai descent (Tai Dam, Tai Daeng, and Tai Don, etc.), including mixed race, adoptees, and international citizens. It will be held virtually and the class can be taken from wherever you live. No writing experience is needed to take this course. Learn how to tell your stories on stage or screen, authentically from your own culture’s perspective.

Fundamentals of Writing for the Screen and Stage is an online, six week introductory course that teaches the basic concepts of screenwriting and playwriting, with an emphasis on storytelling and dramatic structure. Students will learn how the core concepts of plot, character, and conflict can be used to tell universal stories, as well as express one’s personal vision. Through screenings, readings, discussions, workshops, and writing assignments, students will practice key skills that will enable them to write their own stories.

Class is limited to 10 students. The class value is $200. Scholarships are available. If you require a sliding scale payment or scholarship, email hello@our-perspective.com. Presented by Our Perspective: Asian American Plays in Chicago, IL. Our Perspective is part of the Arts Incubator Program of AIRMW and recipient of a DCASE grant. Read more about us at Our-Perspective.com

Your instructor is Melissa Kong. Melissa is a comedy/dramedy writer from Chicago. She focuses on character-driven content filled with humor and hope that is insightful and entertaining. Like her writing, she can be silly yet profound. She wears her heart on the page and probably a food stain on her shirt. Her writing has placed in several competitions. Highlights include Wonderful World (CAPE List, PAGE semi-finalist), Tina Fey is My Friend (Nicholl Fellowship top 10%, Austin Film Festival semi-finalist), Superior (Austin Film Festival semi-finalist). She earned her MFA in Writing for the Screen & Stage from Northwestern University.

Special thanks to cultural consultant Matsalyn Brown from The University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business.

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