Short Film Writing

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Enrolment is limited to: 

A short film is often viewed as a stepping-stone towards a long form narrative, but like a short story or a poem, it can be much more than that, an art form with its own language. Through film screenings, lecture and group discussion, this workshop will focus on the unique characteristics of the short film, its constraints and its freedoms, structural conventions and departures. Participants will learn story editing and workshop each other’s work with the mentorship of industry professional Maureen Dorey.


Participants must submit a brief description (2 paragraph maximum) of their short script by Thursday June 14, 2012 and must come on the first day with a short script in some written stage of development. Submit to registration@ with course title in the subject line.



Maureen Dorey is a freelance analyst and story editor who helps writers renew their inspiration and find their voices. Some of her production credits include: Hidden, written by David Shamoon, Amal written by Shaun and Richie Mehta (2007), and A Stone’s Throw written by Garfield Lindsay Miller. She has acted as consultant to the National Screen Institute, Praxis Film Works, NIFCO and B.C. Film, and has been Story Editor in Residence to the Canadian Film Centre’s Writers Lab. She has acted as story editor on several Canadian Film Centre Feature Film Projects, including Nurse.Fighter.Boy. (2008).