Katrina Wilson's experience as the executive director of the Tahoe/Reno International Film Festival is the major impetus for her creation of a new writing and story development workshop on Maui with writing instructor Richard Krevolin.
Twelve writers are being selected for this intensive five-month program beginning Nov. 1 to 3 at a yet-to-be-determined location in South Maui.
"Six people are in it now," said Wilson.
Wilson will also be a participant in the class. "I'm not making any money. I want to finish my screenplay."
That's the whole point of this workshop, to come out of it with a completed book or screenplay.
"I know it takes a while to work through (a project) to the finish. It's hard to find a professional to work with. The goal is for the participants to finish their book or screenplay."
The workshop is writing intensive and does not include agent or marketing consultations. However, Wilson said she and Krevolin can steer budding authors down the road to landing an agent, publisher or self-publishing.
"We both have connections," said Wilson. From 1999 to 2007, she was executive director of the aforementioned film festival and its screenwriting institute.
"I used to bring many speakers and teachers to Tahoe . . . I've brought many famous screenwriters, Jeff Arch ("Sleepless in Seattle"), Shane Black ("Lethal Weapon") and many more. Krevolin was always the favorite of all the students and the best teacher."
In addition to being an adjunct professor at the University of California Cinema/Television School, UCLA Film School, Emerson College, and others, he has authored several screenwriting books and produced and directed the documentary "Making Light in Terezin".
"It's an amazing topic where prisoners in a prison camp outside of Prague (during World War II) actually put on elaborate plays helping with the inspiration of the people in these Nazi camps. It is quite a profound and touching topic that has not been covered," said Wilson.
Krevolin is also a graduate of Yale University with a bachelor of arts in history. He earned a master's degree in screenwriting at UCLA's School of Cinema/Television, and a master's degree in playwriting and fiction from the University of Southern California. More information about Krevolin can be found at www.profk.com.
For the Maui workshop, Krevolin will provide 30 hours of "in person" class time in November and during the final sessions in March. Classes in December through February will be conducted in a group setting via Skype. Each session will be six to eight hours.
In addition, Krevolin will read 30 pages of a student's work each month, provide notes on the work, and conduct a phone consultation (for the months he is not on Maui).
Wilson said this personal interaction with Krevolin is one of the major benefits for students working to complete their manuscripts.
All levels of writers are eligible for acceptance to the workshop, according to Wilson. The main determination for selection is a willingness to put in the required work, she said.
"We want people to take responsibility for their work."
The cost for the entire program is $1,500. "That's $300 a month for five months," said Wilson. She said Krevolin usually charges $250 a hour for personal consultations.
For more information about the workshop, call Wilson at 463-8080.
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