Writing For Actors

It’s Time To Take Control Of Your Career

Are you tired of waiting for the industry to come to you? Constantly feel like you can’t be seen for the roles you are right for? Now is the time to take control of your career, expand the scope of your artistry, and forge your own career by creating your own work.

The role of the actor starts the day you arrive on set and concludes when you finish shooting. But there is a much richer, collaborative, creative world out there that actors can be a part of if they just start exploring the creation and execution of their own content. Writing for Actors opens the door to that world: Come learn how to be an actor who creates work.

It’s time to actualize your creative ideas and dive into the process of writing. 

BY APPLICATION OR INVITATION ONLY.

Are you tired of waiting for the industry to come to you? Constantly feel like you can’t be seen for the roles you are right for? Now is the time to take control of your career, expand the scope of your artistry, and forge your own career by creating your own work.

The role of the actor starts the day you arrive on set and concludes when you finish shooting. But there is a much richer, collaborative, creative world out there that actors can be a part of if they just start exploring the creation and execution of their own content. Writing for Actors opens the door to that world: Come learn how to be an actor who creates work.

It’s time to actualize your creative ideas and dive into the process of writing. 

BY APPLICATION OR INVITATION ONLY.

Take Your Craft and Career to the Next Level

WRITE. CREATE. COMMAND. 

Actors are storytellers by nature; your instincts for character, story, relationships, and intention are inherent in what you do every day. You have an ear for dialogue and you’re sensitive to the human experience. What better foundation is there for writing? 

Writing for Actors is an eight-week writing class that guides you through the process of writing material by and for yourself in a language that you instinctively understand.  Writer/Producer Adrienne Carter gives you the tools to find your story, sharpen it to an undeniable point, and write it so that your unique voice is heard.

Each class offers fundamental lessons of screenwriting from which your screenplay, pilot, or web-series will emerge and evolve.  And as it does, your written work will be read aloud, workshopped, and explored. And best of all, Adrienne Carter will bring the depth of her incredible career as a working writer to make your story better.  At the end of 8 weeks you’ll have a piece of material that’s ready to produce and a clear understanding of how to take your next story boldly to the page.

The industry has changed.  It’s not enough to just be an actor.  It’s not enough to wait for permission to act. You must be a creator. You must be a leader. You must make work for yourself. You must be heard.

 

The Details

Teacher: Adrienne Carter

Dates: October 1 – November 19
Sundays, 2pm – 5pm

Cost: 2 installments of $310.
$620 for the entire 8 week program.

Duration: 8 weeks. Sign up now as this class fills fast!

Requirements: By invitation or application only.  (Cancellation Policy)

Location: The BGB Studio, 10999 Riverside Dr., Suite 301, North Hollywood, CA 91602

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The Work

Class 1:  Finding your story—If you already have one, you will share your idea for a story. We will discuss how to get more specific. If not, no worries, we will do writing exercises in class that inspire you to explore the story that lives inside of you, which you will then read to the class. We will discuss loglines—one or two lines that describe what your show is about. I’ll share examples of loglines from familiar shows and movies. Your homework will be to create a logline for your piece. Don’t worry about getting it “perfect.” The idea is to get you thinking about your story in a descriptive way that you can easily pitch to someone else.

Class 2:  Loglines/Character—You will read aloud your loglines and get feedback. Again, don’t stress too much because this is a starting point. As the class progresses and you gain more specific storytelling tools, your story will change and evolve. In your actor life, you’ve spent a lot of time creating multilayered characters to portray on stage and screen. We will do writing exercises to widen this process as you develop the characters for your piece, then read these character explorations aloud. In class, you will begin writing descriptions for the main characters in your piece. Your homework will be to finish those descriptions.

Class 3:  Character/Dialogue—You will read your character descriptions aloud and get feedback. As an actor, you are an expert at delivering dialogue. You can tell the difference between language that sounds natural and forced. We will do writing exercises in class that help you get specific about dialogue in general, then we will shift into a writing exercise that explores how to create dialogue specific to your piece. You will share your exploration with the class. Your homework will be to write a first draft of dialogue for the first scene of your piece.

Class 4:  Dialogue/Visual storytelling—You will read the dialogue from your first scene and get feedback. In the mediums of television and film, you must write in a way that shows rather than tells. Through writing exercises, you will discover how to write Action in a way that paints a picture for the viewer. You will write the action for the first scene of your piece and read it aloud. We will discuss how or if it shifts the way you’ve written your dialogue and developed your characters.

Class 5:  Structure/Beats—We will discuss the importance of beats, outlines and how to create a beat sheet and outline that work for your piece. In class, you will write the rough beats of your piece and read them aloud for feedback. We will do writing explorations that help you begin writing your outlines in class. You will be given sample outlines from a variety of shows/movies. Your homework will be to complete the first draft of your outline.

Class 6:  Outline/First draft—You will read your outlines aloud and get feedback. You will learn how to take the leap from an outline to a first draft of your piece. What are the necessary steps? In class, you will write a new version of your first scene, utilizing the tools you’ve recently gained. Your homework will be to continue writing the first draft of your script.

Class 7:  First Drafts—You will share what you have written of your first draft and get notes.  For those of you who might be feeling stuck, or paralyzed, we will do a few exercises to clear any blocks that are holding you back and keeping you from finishing.

Class 8:  Producing your writing—We will continue listening to first drafts, give feedback, and discuss strategies for giving yourself notes to create second drafts. What’s the next step after you have a solid draft of your script? We will discuss practical possibilities for production—budget, camera, lighting, location, crew, etc.,  and create marching orders for you to follow when class is done.

Your Teacher(s)
  • Adrienne Carter
    Adrienne CarterTeacher

    Adrienne Carter is a writer, producer, and actor with a BA in Spanish from Yale University and an MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama. She spent several years acting in New York and began her writing career in Los Angeles. Doubleday published her novel, “FAB” and she wrote on the TV shows “Eve” and NBC’s “Las Vegas.” She served as a writer/producer on “Everybody Hates Chris” and Fox’s “Brothers.” She wrote episodes of the groundbreaking TV One comedy, “Born Again Virgin” and wrote and directed a short film, “Baby Bump Blues,” starring Ryan Michelle Bathe and Sterling K. Brown. She developed a series about Atlanta millennials with Wise Entertainment. She was a Visiting Assisting Professor of Theatre at Prairie View A&M University. Adrienne wrote, produced, and acted in a half hour pilot, “Every Other Weekend,” executive produced by Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown.

    More on Adrienne here.

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It’s time to lead.

 It’s time to create and execute your own content.

It’s time to lead.

It’s time to create and execute your own content.

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