Feature Film Writing

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Enrolment is limited to: 

Writing the feature film is like climbing a mountain—you can do it alone, but it’s easier and just as satisfying with some support. These two evenings will bring you together with story editor and instructor Maureen Dorey and writers in the same position to discuss principles of dramatic writing, craft and content and how they apply to your screenplay. We’ll unpack tools to help you access character, story event and meaning. The hope is that you would gain more insight into the process and confidence in your approach as you move forward to scale the mountain.
Participants must submit an outline of their script by Friday November 29, 2013 and must come on the first day with a short script in some written stage of development. Please submit to registration@lift.on.ca with “LIFT Fall 2013: Feature Film Writing” in the subject line.



Maureen Dorey is a free-lance story editor and script analyst whose produced credits include: Siddarth, written and directed by Richie Mehta (TIFF 2013), Blackbird, written and directed Jason Buxton (TIFF 2012, Genie-nominated, winner of the Youth Jury Prize at Cannes), In Darkness, written by David Shamoon, directed by Agnieska Holland, (TIFF 2011, nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay Genie), the Genie-nominated  NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY (2008), AMAL, the Genie-nominated film written by Shaun and Richie Mehta (2007).  Her television work includes Moccasin Flats, Random Passage, an eight-hour mini-series directed by John N. Smith, produced by Passage Films and Cité-Amérique for broadcast on CBC and RTE (Eire),  Other produced credits include The War Between Us; Lyddie, Violet and On My Mind. She has worked with writers across Canada.
For the past 10 years, she has been the Story Editor in Residence at the Canadian Film Centre, engaged in developing feature film scripts with residents of its Writers Lab, and consulting with residents in the Directors, Producers and Editors Labs, as well as providing mentorship to the new Actors Conservatory progamme. She has acted as story editor on several CFC Features projects. She now teaches Feature Screenwriting at York University. She has also acted as consultant and instructor to Women in Film and Television, the National Screen Institute, Praxis Film Works, NIFCO and B.C. Film.