Ready to get that criminally overlooked pilot off the ground? Tired of lamenting that 'dark night of the soul' you can't crack? You'll never finish/polish that script doing the same things you've been doing in the same places you've been doing them with the same tools you've always used. It's time to take your writing on an Italian odyssey.
Join us in the charming Italian hill town of Orvieto for your choice of a two-week, or a one-week advanced program with the hilarious masterminds behind the Thrilling Adventure Hour, Ben Acker & Ben Blacker. Michelangelo Screenwriting's residential program will get you away from the distractions of life and going on a new project or rewrite in a relaxed and supportive setting. In our community of writers, you’ll get intensive daily feedback from our teachers and your peers. New media platforms and formats will be an integral part of the conversation. Choose from among the gardens of our convent and the cafes of Orvieto for your favorite spot to write.
Session 1 runs two weeks and accommodates no more than 16 students, who will be divided into two workshops, each led by one of our teachers. Session 2 is a one-week session, intended as a continuing program for students who complete the first session, and (if space is available) for advanced students who want to develop a treatment or workshop an existing project. In Session 2, no more than 12 students will spend time in smaller workshops and working with one of our two teachers individually.
For more information on the workshops and teachers, see THE PROGRAM.
A walled hill town of great antiquity, Orvieto sits on a spectacular butte of volcanic rock, whose cliffs rise nearly 1,000 feet from the valley floor. The town is most famous for its gorgeous gothic Duomo, its Etruscan underground city, and its wines. In the long summer evenings, the daytrippers disperse, and you'll have enchanting medieval streets almost to yourself. We'll be staying in the Istituto San Lodovico, a convent with a beautiful garden on the town's southwestern wall. The nuns there have years of experience in hosting creative seminars.
Orvieto is easy to access from the Florence-Rome motorway and rail lines. You won't need to rent a car, but you might want to--Siena, Montepulciano, and several lakes and hot springs are not too far away.
For more information on the location, see THE VENUE and nearby PLACES TO SEE.
How To Apply
Tuition covers both the course fee and housing. Returning students are eligible for a small discount. Writers who itemize their tax returns may be able to deduct the cost as a business or education expense. Applications require a resume, 5-page writing sample, and a half-page description of the project prospective students wish to work on (which may be changed later with teacher approval).
Apply at email@example.com, by February 28, 2013. We will continue to accept applications after the deadline if courses are not full, and we will maintain a waiting list thereafter. The earlier you submit your application, the better. (One spot available for Session 1!)
For more information, see REGISTRATION.
Michelangelo Screenwriting was founded in 2008 by UCLA/Loyola Marymount professor Paul Chitlik (The Rewrite Mentor) and UCLA Advanced Professional Program alumnus Carlo Cavagna.