Screenwriting Workshop

Screenwriting summer camp for kids and teens



Summer Arts at Mason 2022

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!

Note: Students who wish to participate in the Filmmaking Workshop along with this Screenwriting Workshop MUST register for both programs.


Ages:  11 – 18
Dates:  June 27 – July 1, 2022
Times:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm* (M-F)
Tuition:  $467
Location:  Mason Fairfax Campus, Art & Design Building
*After Care add-on option (4pm-6pm) is available for this program.


COVID REQUIREMENTS:  Students must follow University Covid protocols. Please see updates here.


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Get details and register for AFTER CARE (4pm-6pm).
After Care cost for the week is an additional $140.




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

Amanda Kraus has been teaching college-level courses for 13 years in video editing, sound recording and mixing, and post-production. Ms. Kraus participated in curriculum development at Columbia College of Hollywood and course development at George Mason University. Ms. Kraus’ significant professional experience bolsters her teaching experience: 11 years serving as Senior Editor / Senior Producer and Director at GMU-TV. Ms. 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, Ms. 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. Ms. Kraus has a BA in Film and Television from Columbia College, Hollywood.

Director: Ben Steger
Mason Film & Video Studies Professor




“I loved everything in this camp. The instructor was so nice, and I learned so much. I live in Arizona, so I had to get up super early to attend the class but was worth it!”- Screenwriting Online Workshop 2020 Participant

“My favorite part of the program is the screenwriting showcase at the end and that we actually had to write the scripts.”- Screenwriting Online Workshop 2020 Participant

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“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

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



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