Visual Writing: Reading the Emotional and Physical Landscape

June 30, 2018 - July 1
Adam Bentley


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Visual Writing: Reading the Emotional and Physical Landscape

French screen literature says that the un-said or “le non-dit” is just as significant as dialogue when reading a visual text. Alberta screenwriter and filmmaker Adam Bentley will facilitate a two-day writing intensive to help emerging and experienced writers read and interpret the emotional and physical landscape with the goal of honing their skills at saying a lot in their writing without saying very much. While this course is geared towards screenwriters, those wishing to improve other types of writing such as short narrative, play-writing, and poetry are welcome to join us.

Course exercises will include group-sharing, intense individual writing assignments, field observation, and one-on-one writing tasks set amidst MISSA’s idyllic natural setting. By course’s end, participants will have developed their own creative skills and tricks to write for visual mediums. Writers will be more comfortable writing dialogue through facial expressions, motivation through body language, and feelings through outcomes. Materials need only be your preferred writing surface such as a notebook, mobile phone, or laptop.

Course fee: $285  Supply fee: $0

Tuition includes lunch and daily snacks and is inclusive of all applicable taxes. 

ADAM BENTLEY is a mid-career Canadian filmmaker who produces films based on jarring personal experiences that occur in spaces within which we may have seemed comfortable such as the body, the home, the community, the institution, and the nation. His short films have been featured at film festivals across Canada, the United States, Europe, on Air Canada and CBC, and as part of educational DVD compilations. He is the recipient of the Edmonton Arts Council’s 2016 Cultural Diversity in the Arts grant; and two-time recipient of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts’ Cultural Relations Grant. He is also the producer of #yegfilm where he facilitates public screenplay table readings and writing workshops, and founder of the International Festival of Winter Cinema. @yegfilm


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