Writing the Rom-Com [Online] June 2020

This event took place on Jun 18, 2020

Sliding scale, $5-50

Please pay what you can; proceeds support our teaching artists and our move to a virtual platform!

Duration: 1h 30m
Instructor: Heather Hughes and Kate Wharton


Experience Level: All

This 2-hour session is for anyone—beginners or experienced writers—who love romantic comedies and want to write one of their own. Students will learn how to test an original idea, the “beats” that complete the story structure, and how to avoid the common pitfalls and tropes of the genre. We will use break-out rooms to enable participants to have small group conversations. Let us help you write your rom-com … because nobody puts rom-coms in a corner!

• How to identify the essential rom-com elements and markets
• How to write a logline and title for your romantic comedy
• How to craft a beat sheet to map out your rom-com
• How to strengthen your rom-com by avoiding common pitfalls
• How to use your logline and title to pitch your idea

– Register through BrownPaperTickets as usual.
– 1 hour before the workshop, NWFF will send a link to your registered e-mail address! (Don’t see it? Check your spam filter.)
– If by 30 minutes prior to the workshop, you have not received an e-mail with details, please contact jonah@nwfilmforum.org for a quick follow-up. (But please, check your spam!)
– This workshop will be conducted via video chat over Zoom. You’ll need a computer or smartphone to attend, and we recommend headphones. You can create a free account ahead of time. We’ll send a follow email with a guide once you register.

Heather Hughes and Kate Wharton

Heather Hughes and Kate Wharton

We love romantic comedies! Kate and Heather have been writing comedy scripts together for over 12 years and have worked with Disney, Hallmark, and Lifetime, as well as a plethora of local indie filmmakers. They are represented by The Nethercott Agency in Los Angeles. They are both graduates of TheFilmSchool in Seattle and studied with the late, great Blake Snyder (author of Save the Cat.)  They love comedies of all forms, but have a star-crossed love of rom-coms. They complete us.

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