Story Editing Essentials

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Enrolment is limited to: 

This workshop will cover the key elements you need to consider when editing a screenplay, whether it has been written by you or someone else. In this brief introduction, we will consider the theme of your story, the character arcs and the three-act structure. The synopsis you submit will be a jumping-off point to discuss your screen story in the context of these essentials. You should be prepared to address issues in your script that you wish to improve so that we can conduct a mini-editing session.

The Short Film Writing and Story Development workshops are strongly recommended as prerequisites. Participants must provide a one-page (maximum) project synopsis by Wednesday April 5, 2017. Please submit to with “LIFT Winter 2017: Story Editing Essentials” in the subject line.



Originally from the UK, Stephen Davis is a graduate of the MFA Screenwriting program at the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles. He has worked as a script reader for companies in Los Angeles, Toronto and the UK. In 2014, he was selected for Script Room 4, a BBC program for developing new talent. His most recent feature film screenplay has received development funding from the British Film Institute (BFI) and Film Wales and was selected for the Black List Mini-Lab at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. In 2016, he was the runner-up for the Red Planet Prize for new television writing. Passionate about screenwriting education, Stephen also spent a year in the School of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and tutored a number of film courses and workshops at York University in Toronto while earning a second Master’s degree in Screenwriting.