Screenwriting for Social Justice & Possible Futures
A workshop led by filmmaker Jess X. Snow and film & cultural critic a.e. hunt



South Hall 2635

Screenwriting Workshop Flyer

This workshop is tailored for UCSB students and faculty interested in communicating academic research on racial, gender, and environmental justice through filmmaking.

At a time when authors given the resources to tell a story are oftentimes the furthest from the stories’ subjects, this workshop will explore the possible worlds that can be woven when young organizers, scholars, healers, professors, and elders are empowered to become storytellers. Fusing meditation with writing prompts, students will create believable characters and think about locations as characters with a living history and future. We will address storytelling ethics, traditional and non-traditional story structures and analyze multi-layered scenes from classic and contemporary Asian, Black and Indigenous films. We will address the importance of collaboration when writing characters from communities we are not from, as well as the radical potential of screenwriting as a cultural tool for coalition building.  Participants will be encouraged to work as pairs or individuals to build authentic characters and leave with a concept or logline that can be further developed into a short film, feature or tv pilot.

Attendance to this workshop will be capped at 25 participants

Please use the QR code on the attached flyer, or go to to RSVP

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