You may have heard about our exciting new program Summer of Screenwriting. It’s free and open to youth 18 and under. And the best part— you can live across the country from us and still participate! We’re so excited to see kids sign up from California, Oregon, Montana, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and New York (in addition to our home-base of New England).
Why did we start this program?
- We love screenwriting
- It’s hard to find resources for youth on the subject
- Most kids like movies or TV
- But many kids have never seen or read a screenplay, let alone written one
- And have we mentioned we love screenwriting?
Our goal is to introduce kids and teens to screenwriting by providing hand-picked resources, videos, tips, spotlights on successful screenwriters, and everything else they’ll need to get started on their own screenplay. We’re even running a contest for New England residents to submit their short (max 20 pages) script to win prizes.
I got interested in screenwriting many years ago, before I was interested in filmmaking. I liked writing, especially novel writing. The more I practiced screenwriting, the more I realized that I think very visually— which lends itself well to screenwriting. I soon found it was easier for me to express my vision as a screenplay.
I also found that I didn’t know anyone else my age who was screenwriting. That’s why an important element of Summer of Screenwriting is connecting young writers. We created a private Facebook group for participants to share, discuss, and connect with each other. We’ll also be doing several live stream discussions or chats that participants can listen and participate in. FYP’s Young Writers Meet-Ups are also a great opportunity for local participants to join together, play games, and discuss screenwriting.
And don't think that Shay and I won’t also be participating! We are working on FYP's next short film script-- so we’ll be writing along with everyone this Summer.