Workshop Registration

Improvise your Screenplay

Some writers look at a blank page and cannot wait to fill it with words and stories. This course is for the rest of us.

Theatrical improv is a wonderful tool for screenwriters working in any genre. It can help you create authentic-sounding dialogue, avoid cliches, develop realistic characters, easily and consistently generate more ideas, and identify the “what’s next” of your story. Through a series of easy-to-learn, fun improv games and exercises, plus short writing bursts, you will learn how to get out of your own way and let intuition guide your screenplays. The course is divided across two Saturdays. Students will be given a writing assignment on the first Saturday that will be individually assessed. These assessments will inform and influence the games and exercises presented on the second Saturday.

No experience with improv is needed. The sessions are relaxed. The need to be funny is de-emphasized and the focus put on using improv to add spontaneity and authenticity to your writing. As a participant, you will experience a supportive environment that will teach you the skills to make the blank page feel a little bit less scary. Please join us!

 See what past students of our 2020 LIFT workshop and other courses have said:

part 1: Sat 20 November 2021, 10 am - 1 pm   
part 2: Sat 27 November 2021, 10 am - 1 pm   
(Registration deadline is Sat 20 November 9:00 am)

Instructor: Peter Reynolds

Peter Reynolds is a filmmaker and improviser who trained at Second City in Toronto. He is the owner of For the Record Productions, that specializes in creating videos for non profit organizations & disability groups. He has written film scripts and have published in On Spec Magazine, two sci-fi anthologies and Lost Hallway, a children's picture book. When not writing or improvising, Peter can usually be found behind the camera as a cinematographer.

Instructor: Neil Jones

Neil Jones is a writer, teacher, and Relational Psychotherapist from Toronto. He trained in improv at Second City, The Bad Dog Theatre, and Annex Improv. He is the co-founder of Radio Project X, an audio comedy/drama collective. He has taught From-Script-to-Voice-to-Stage, a comedy writing and performance class and Free Yourself Through Improv (a health and wellness offering for students at U of T.

Category: Writing & Directing
Maximum Capacity: 10
6 hours of instruction in 2 parts$100 /member$125 /nonmember