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Edward Pomerantz - Screenwriting Workshops

Playwright,
DANCING ON QUICKSAND, THE COLLECTED PLAYS OF EDWARD
POMERANTZ AND AN ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
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Screenwriter, CAUGHT, released by Sony Pictures Classics and nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards

Television Writer, LAW AND ORDER, THE GOLD BUG (Emmy Winner), NEW YORK CITY TOO FAR FROM TAMPA BLUES (Writers Guild Award)

Fulbright Specialist, Master Classes and Seminars in playwriting, screenwriting, and TV Writing, St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy, St. Petersburg, Russia

Creative Advisor, Mentor, Visiting Writer - International Screenwriting Labs in Mexico, Europe, South America, and Cuba

Adjunct Associate Professor, Filmwriting, Columbia University

Adjunct Associate Professor, Writing For Television, SUNY-Purchase

Creator and Co-Director of the Writers Guild of America East Foundation/Columbia University School of the Arts/Harlem Arts Alliance Screenwriting Workshop

Co-founder and director of the Harlem Arts Alliance Dramatic Writing Academy--workshops and mentoring in playwriting, screenwriting, and writing for television.

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APPROACH TO SCREENWRITING

 

If you're looking for screenwriting formulas, theories, rules, recipes, blueprints...

 

If you believe that arcs, back stories, plot points, and inciting incidents are the keys to unlocking your imagination and writing an original screenplay...

 

You've clicked on the wrong website.

 

If you've got a specific story you're dying to tell as a movie, and want to mine all its dramatic and comic opportunities, all its discoveries, surprises, and possibilities...

 

"Throw away the lights, the definitions, and say of what you see in the dark" 

Wallace Stevens

 

The only way you can learn to write a screenplay is by writing one. And keep writing it...until you nail it and get it right.

 

If you're not dying to write it...If it doesn't excite or haunt or obsess or delight you...If it doesn't drive you crazy and demand to be written...don't write it.

 

The screenplay is what you travel through to get to the heart of your story.

 

You get there by...

 

Learning to trust and follow your instincts.

 

Asking the right questions.

 

Grounding the world you're creating in its own particular truth and reality. Obeying its own particular laws and logic.

 

Listening and paying attention to what your characters and story are telling you.

 

Recognizing what's true and what's false.

 

Knowing the facts you need to tell the story and never telling the audience more than they need to know before they need to know it.

 

Going after what your characters want and building the roadblocks to stop them from getting it.

 

Finding the right pace, pitch, and rhythm.

 

Feeling the screenplay breathe.

 

Writing dialogue that's action - as visceral as a car crash, a kiss, a punch in the gut.

 

Creating situations that take your characters to a new, dangerous, and unexpected place - an emotional and moral crossroad where their world is turned upside down, threatening and transforming who they think they are, forcing them to choose, act...

 

Until what you've navigated and arrived at is the organic and inevitable narrative that taps into what the poet William Carlos Williams calls "the secret spring of all our lives"  and catches "the evasive life of the thing." 

 

For information about Intensive Weekend Screenwriting Workshops and Once A Month One-on-Ones

 

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