Concept to Pages Workshop
Location: online (via Zoom)
Saturdays 10am-1pm Pacific Time
Next dates: Jan. 8 – Mar. 12, 2022 (10 weeks)

Leader: Heidi Hornbacher

We’ve adapted our long-running Italy screenwriting retreat into a once-a-week online program to fit busy schedules. This workshop is for writers of all levels who want a supportive framework in which to take a story idea for film or television from concept to first draft and beyond.

Our method is to work on your story from the inside out. Instead of starting on pages right away, we  take time to understand exactly who your characters are, and then you will map out their journeys. Once you get to pages, you will find that they flow more easily because of all the foundational work you’ve done to understand your story structure and character arcs.

Each session will focus on a distinct set of screenwriting principles, including character design, story structure, scene construction, and dialog. We mix mini-lectures, coaching, exercises, and targeted feedback in order to empower writers to produce their best work. Between sessions, we offer 1-to-1 time to help you with any individual questions or issues (a half hour each week). The result is a comprehensive course delivering the hows and whys of screenwriting technique.

The support doesn’t end there. After the workshop is over, you may take advantage of a Script Consultation for 50% off and of our affordable Alumni Drop-In sessions, designed especially for those who need a little extra time to finish their draft.

Price: $550

Scholarships are now available to BIPOC writers with financial need! The deadline to apply for a winter 2022 scholarship is December 18, 2021. Learn more HERE.

A 15% discount applies for alumni of PageCraft’s Italy retreats, of a previous Concept to Pages workshop, or of our Writing is Rewriting workshop.

How to Register: Please write to us at if you are interested. We will then schedule a conversation with you, so we can discuss the project you would like to work on and your writing background, as well as answer any questions you have. We will invoice participants through PayPal.

Important Notes:
  • Cancellation Policy: 72 hours before the workshop begins, 20% of the registration fee becomes nonrefundable. If you must withdraw after that point, we will refund a pro-rated amount based on the number of sessions remaining, divided by the registration fee, net of the nonrefundable 20 percent. No refunds will be made if you cancel after the penultimate session.
  • PageCraft reserves the right to refuse service or remove participants from the workshop for any reason, including abusive or unkind behavior toward others.
  • Other than the registration fee (per the terms of our cancellation policy), PageCraft is not responsible for costs incurred by participants or prospective participants.
  • The discounted script consultation must be requested within 2 months of the final workshop session, and it must be for a version of the script created or rewritten during the workshop. Otherwise normal rates apply.