Screenwriting Workshop

Screenwriting summer camp for kids and teens


Summer Screenwriting Workshop

Mason Film & Video Studies professors and guest faculty will help students learn how to build a strong foundation in fundamental screenwriting techniques for film, and to express their unique story ideas through character development, plot and dialogue. Students will present staged readings of their screenwriting projects, which may be used in the following Filmmaking Workshops! (Students who wish to participate in the Filmmaking Workshop along with this Screenwriting Workshop MUST register for both programs.)



Ages:  11-18 years
Dates:  June 24-28, 2019
Times:  9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (M-F)
Tuition:  $430
Location:  Mason Fairfax Campus, Art & Design Building


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An “After Care” option is available for this program from 4-6 pm for $90/week, located in Mason’s Performing Arts Building and staffed by the Academy’s Summer Staff. After registering for this program (but before final checkout/ payment!), search for “After Care”, choose the corresponding week, and add to your cart – or Register Here separately.


Amanda Kraus Screenwriting Lessons Instructor: Amanda Kraus, Mason Film & Video Studies Professor
Read about Ms. Kraus

Amanda has been teaching college-level courses for 13 years in video editing, sound recording and mixing and post-production. Kraus participated in curriculum development at Columbia College of Hollywood and course development at George Mason University. Kraus’ significant professional experience bolsters her teaching experience: 11 years serving as Senior Editor / Senior Producer and Director at GMU-TV. Kraus has managed the build and design of instructional Foley facilities (post-production sound recording), served as Assistant Engineer at Paramount Recording Studios and Director of Post-Production Operations at Sonic Surgery. Her numerous television awards include seven Telly Awards, a Gracie Award, and Teacher of the Year at Columbia College Hollywood. Beyond her B.A. from Columbia College, Kraus earned a certificate from the Recording Engineer Program at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA where she also taught a Studio Basics course. She has taught an extensive range of courses: Advanced Editing, Video Editing, Motion Graphics, Studio Basics (sound engineering), History of Film Editing, Producers Workshop, Principles of Editing, Video Production Workshop, ADR/Foley, Production Sound, Script Writing, Film Scoring, Final Cut Pro, AVID Editing, Sound Design, and Acting for Directors. Kraus has a BA in Film and Television from Columbia College, Hollywood.


Jesse Benitez, Film and Video Summer Camps Teaching Assistant: Jesse Benitez
Read about Ms. Benitez

Jesaline “Jesse” Benitez is currently a sophomore at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. She is pursuing a degree in Film and Video Studies with a concentration in Producing and Directing. Since her early high school days, Jesse has continued to take part in the filmmaking process through her work in documentaries, fiction shorts, and freelance projects. Throughout her college career, she’s taken initiative in screenwriting, cinematography, and lighting. Along with storytelling, Jesse ventures into other creative endeavors ranging from writing, art, radio, and music production. She believes these creative outlets are imperative for expressing original thought that could help provide a change in perspective for the world.


Steger_headshot Director: Ben Steger, Mason Film & Video Studies Professor
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To register by phone or request a paper registration form, please call the Academy office at 703-993-9889.



“I was really surprised and happy to learn that my script was chosen for the Filmmaking camp, and it was so cool to see the final videos.” – Screenwriting Summer Workshop 2018 Participant

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“My favorite part was getting to write my own script.” – Screenwriting Summer Workshop 2017 Participant