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Screenwriting Community Grows in Sacramento

Gary Weinberg wants to turn Sacramento into a mecca for screenwriters

The motion picture industry may be centered in Hollywood, but if screenwriter Gary Weinberg has anything to say about it, Sacramento’s burgeoning collective of aspiring screenwriters will soon draw plenty of attention northward.

On February 22nd, from 7 to 9pm, the fourth installment of Weinberg’s popular course, Write Your Screenplay, An Eight Week Intensive, will begin at the Tangent Art Gallery, adjacent to the Coffee Garden at 2900 Franklin Blvd in Curtis Park.

Since May of last year Weinberg has been facilitating the development of nearly fifty fledgling screenwriters, all with aspirations of seeing their ideas manifest on film. His three-class program has been developed to cater to the needs of writers at all stages of their growth, from pure beginners, (Screenwriting 101, an Intro to Art and Business of Screenwriting) to writers ready to pen the first draft of their story ideas (Write Your Screenplay) to writers looking to move beyond the first draft and really perfect their stories (Advanced Screenwriting).

The goal of Write Your Screenplay, An Eight Week Intensive is to have every student finish the course with a completed first draft of either a screenplay of teleplay (television script). The eight classes are spread out over twelve weeks, which gives students the time to incorporate the lessons they’ve learned into their own writing.

In addition to his group classes, Weinberg offers private sessions that provide more personal in-depth analysis. He dissects the writer’s work in a comprehensive evaluation, looking at everything from structure and format to dialogue and character development. He even counsels his clients on how to make the project more accessible to the industry insiders who decide whether or not to “green light” a project. This level of detailed “coverage” helps writers of all levels move their screenplays to the next level. As Weinberg says, “I’m not just looking to help people write a screenplay. I want to help them write a great screenplay. Because the better the script, the better chance you have of actually seeing it made into a movie. And that’s why we’re all here. The movie is the thing. Otherwise, you might as well right a novel.”

With cutbacks at local colleges and universities, Weinberg has seen interest in his classes skyrocket. “There are many great writers in this town. And it’s a personal honor that so many of them have allowed me to guide them. My goal is to help make Sacramento an entertainment industry destination.”

Like Memphis is to “the blues,” Austin to country music, and Seattle to the world of theater, Weinberg envisions Sacramento as a future mecca for screenwriters. “Why not? To do something big, you have to think big. Shoot for the moon! Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars!”

For more information about Weinberg’s classes and programs contact him at cpmaurice@hotmail.com or call him at 818-458-6637

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