Storytelling 101: Writers Workshop

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Storytelling 101: Writers Workshop

A four week writing workshop aimed to guide and inspire writers with creating an original screenplay, stage play, short story or novel!

By The Bridgeport Film Fest

When and where

Date and time

Thursday, April 6 · 6:30 - 9pm EDT


The NEST Arts Factory 1720 Fairfield Ave Bridgeport, CT 06605

Refund Policy

No Refunds

About this event

  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket


This in-person program is an introduction to screenwriting craft and technique, with an emphasis on the fundamentals of storytelling. You will learn the essentials of narrative screenwriting like building plot, story structure, creating compelling characters, dialogue and theme. Through a combination of film analysis, writing exercises, and peer review, we will work together on screenwriting skills and storytelling techniques that are useful for all types of visual media (film screenplays, web series, TV pilots, theater plays, etc.)

This workshop is also great for anyone who may be interested in building a foundation for a novel as we will discuss themes, brainstorming and dynamic characters!


The goal is for each of you to come out of the workshop with a complete and polished short script or the foundation of a feature length screenplay suitable for production in the future!

There will be a staged reading and discussion of select screenplays on Saturday, April 29th if the writers are ready to share!


Thursday, April 6th 6:30pm-9:00pm

Thursday, April 13th 6:30pm-9:00pm

Thursday, April 20th 6:30pm-9:00pm

Thursday, April 27th 6:30pm-9:00pm


$75 if registered by March 20, 2023. After that date the fee will be $99.


Jason A Coombs is a New York City based writer, SAG eligible actor, filmmaker and teaching artist. Most recently he worked as an Archival Associate Producer on the Netflix Docu-series "Harry and Meghan" and completed an Artist Residency in Writing at Foundation House in Greenwich, CT. He founded the Bridgeport Film Fest in 2021 with the support of the local nonprofit organization Groundwork Bridgeport.

As a writer, his television pilot script entitled, "Chasers" was a semifinalist at the 2017 Independent Television Festival and made it to the second round of the 2018 Macro Lab Screenwriting contest sponsored by The Blacklist and Lena Waithe. In March 2021 he was the winner of the Roadmap Writers Diversity Initiative Program. He's produced a handful of award winning short films including "John and Clara", "The Duchess" and "Cocoon Redux" that have premiered in over two dozen film festivals worldwide including The La Jolla International Fashion Film Festival, Miami Independent Film Festival, Los Angeles CineFest, Brussels International Fashion Film Festival, Dumbo Film Festival, The Astoria Film Festival and the Australian Film Awards, among others.

His award winning web series "SHAW", which he wrote, produced and starred in is currently streaming on SEEKATV. The six episodes of season one currently has over 12,000 views online. His latest short film, “The Morning After”, which he wrote and directed premiered at the 2021 Chelsea Film Festival and won the SHORT SPECIAL MENTION AWARD.

He had the privilege of working as the Co-Director of Operations for Studio 4 NYC, an acting and filmmaking school for three years. Part of his many duties included assisting the teaching staff with a 12 week filmmaking masterclass and feature film project, "Sleepaway Slasher" as well as help coordinate student casting on the Emmy award winning web series, "Making A Scene With James Franco". He has worked on set and in the production offices of the television shows, "White Collar" (USA Network), "Celebrity Ghost Stories" (ID Channel), "The Haunting Of" (ID Channel) and "I Killed My BFF" (ID Channel), among others.

Jason had the honor of being mentored and taught by many writers and filmmakers including Paul Calderon ("Pulp Fiction", "Fear the Walking Dead", "Bosch") AnnaRose King ("Good Enough", "American Viral"), Victor Verhaeghe ("Boardwalk Empire", "Cop Doc", "The Night Of") Gabrielle Demeestere ("Yosemite", "The Color of Time"), Pamela Romanowsky ("The Adderall Diaries", "Riverdale"), David Van Asselt (Artistic Director of The Rattlestick Theater) and Gabe McKinley (award winning playwright), among others! More info here:

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$75 – $99