Location: BRIC, Media Lab, 647 Fulton Street
Sessions: Mondays, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22 & 4/29
Registration Fee: $150.
**THIS WORKSHOP SELLS OUT QUICKLY, REGISTER ASAP!**
Lisa Michelle Payton, a former staff writer for the hit comedies Girlfriends and Living Single, will lead a four session master scriptwriting workshop that will cover the essentials of writing scripts for TV and Streaming platforms.
Master Script Writing Class will offer tips on pitching your script to such major content platforms as HBO, Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu. You will learn how to write strong and richly layered women characters as well as the nuts and bolts of writing scripts that sell. Enjoy a nurturing and open creative environment where you will have a chance to write your first script or develop a work-in-progress. You are encouraged to submit a short writing sample outlining your goals for the workshop. The instructor will guide you in achieving your personal scriptwriting goals.
The workshop is being presented by Reel Sisters, the first Oscar Qualifying Festival for shorts devoted to women filmmakers, and BRIC, the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City.
BRIC presents and incubates new work by artists and media-makers who reflect the diversity that surrounds us.
Reel Sisters will be held on October 19-20, 2019. For more information visit www.reelsisters.org.
Registration Fee: $150 (plus credit card processing fees).
Lisa Michelle Payton worked for WNET-13, the PBS station in New York City; it was there she discovered her passion for writing. She later moved to Los Angeles and won acceptance into the prestigious Warner Bros. Sitcom Writing Program. She went on to write for two Warner Bros. hit comedies, The Parent’Hood and Living Single, starring Queen Latifah. Payton then worked on the writing staffs of Girlfriends, executive produced by Kelsey Grammar, the ABC medical drama MDs, and then relocated to New York to help pen the Peabody winning series, ED. Payton also wrote the first of the two-part series finale for the hit UPN show Half & Half and was Head Writer on the series Born to Shine. Driven by a passion to tell stories that matter, Payton earned a Master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism in 2005. Later that year, she went to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, where she worked as a Field Producer for the Frontline documentary, The Old Man and the Storm. She worked as an Associate Producer on Rise and Fall, a film on U.S. financial crisis of 2008, a Story Consultant on PBS’ Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock and a Story Producer on Public Health, Private Pain, on the HIV/AIDS crisis in the rural South.
Payton was Supervising Producer for Your Voice, Your Story, a PBS World series of celebrity mini-documentaries. She has penned articles for Essence Magazine, freelances as a Writer/Producer for Viacom and is a Visiting Assistant Professor at SUNY College at Old Westbury in the Media and Communications major.
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