INFORMATION CENTRAL

BASIC INFORMATION
COURSE QUESTION & ANSWERS

Our Mission (with video)

Where?

When?

Who qualifies for this free program?

TWO different options to get involved
1. Writers Group only
2. Writers Group & Screenwriting Course

Contacting the program and getting on the waiting list

What will I learn in this course?

Why should I learn screenwriting?

Do I need prior writing experience?

How can I be sure I can write creatively?

What is the "initial idea," at the beginning of the course?

How much of a time commitment is this course?

How much actual writing do I have to do?

Which screenwriting software will we use?

Is there a textbook we will use?


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OUR MISSION
The Written By Veterans program was started in the summer of 2014. Our writing course for military veterans and those closely affiliated with the military is a rigorous nine-session college level course where military veterans are encouraged to write screenplays and receive instruction in the art, craft and business of professional writing. The course uses a method of teaching screenwriting developed by its instructor, Andreas Kossak.

It also has an additional dimension that is designed to help participants establish themselves as authors. Not only will you find support and inspiration in our Writers Group, but our publishing label "Written By Veterans," has been established to give our Writers Group members the option to publish their work in eBook formats and in Trade Paperbacks, while retaining all profits and rights.

We also create awareness through appearances of California State University,
San Bernardino military veteran writers at public events, which will be organized and facilitated by the campus' Veterans Success Center. Events we participate in on a regular basis is the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (April), the High Desert Book Festival, and the VA Loma Linda Clay Hunt Mental Health Summit.


a brief video produced by the Department of Communication Studies, CSUSB



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WHERE:
Veterans Success Center on the campus of California State University, San Bernardino, CSUSB. The center is located below the Coyote Bookstore.   Phone (909) 537-5195

 

 

WHEN

Veterans Writers Group

There are THREE components to the Written By Veterans program:

DURING CSUSB's FALL & WINTER QUARTERS
SEPT 23 to FEB 24:

THE SCREENWRITING COURSE
A college level class in screenwriting
9 Sessions, about 3 hours each, once EVERY OTHER SATURDAY MORNING, starting at 10:30 AM.
The course will take place again in the Fall and Winter Quarters 2017 / 2018 (September 23 - February 24).

YEAR-ROUND:

VETERANS WRITERS GROUP
Our writers group meets year-round once a month on a Saturday morning at 10:30AM for about two to three hours. Please contact the CSUSB Veterans Success Center if you would like to join. Phone (909) 537-5195

PUBLISHING
We publish trade paperbacks and eBooks written by our group members year-round.


Veterans Writers Group

WHO QUALIFIES FOR THIS FREE PROGRAM?

You are qualified if you are affiliated with the United States Military.

You are also qualified if you are part of the immediate family of someone who is affiliated with the United States Military

If in doubt, please inquire with the CSUSB Veterans Success Center.

Due to the popularity of this program, we have a waiting list.

TO GET ON THE WAITING LIST FOR THIS PROGRAM PLEASE DOWNLOAD OUR QUESTIONNAIRE HERE, FILL IT OUT, AND EMAIL IT TO THE CSUSB VETERANS SUCCESS CENTER: VSC@CSUSB.EDU







Screenwriting Course

TWO WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

You can get involved in TWO ways:

1. SCREENPLAY COURSE: You take the the 9-session bi-weekly course and learn about the arts and craft of screenwriting. You can listen to the lectures and complete the voluntary assignments at your own pace. You can participate in the monthly Writers Group Meetings right away.

2. THE WRITING GROUP ONLY OPTION - If you can't take the course, you can become part of the Writers Group participate in our monthly meetings.





CONTACTING THE PROGRAM

Phone
(909) 537-5195

Email
vsc@csusb.edu

Website
writtenbyveterans.com

veterans.csusb.edu

http://veterans.csusb.edu/veteransSuccessCenter/index.html

Hours
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m








QUESTION & ANSWERS

Power Point Slide Screenwriting Course

What will I learn in this course?
You will learn how to develop your original idea into an outline, a treatment, and finally into a feature length screenplay. We will examine how various characters "drive" a story. We'll explore modern screenplay structure, dialog, suspense, non-linear storytelling, and many other elements of writing a story for the screen. You will also learn about tapping into your creativity and sustaining your creative flow. Further, you will be introduced to basic legal and business aspects of screenwriting and be shown how to convert a manuscript and publish it on Amazon as a Kindle eBook or in Paperback.

 



If I want to write novels, why should I learn screenwriting?

If you want to write novels, this screenwriting course can be very beneficial. Novels
are very much free-form and it is nearly impossible to teach how to them. However, writing screenplays can be taught, because screenplays have structured narratives and character development follows very specific patterns. The techniques and knowledge you'll learn in this course, can be directly appliedto novel writing. Knowing how to write a screenplay should not only make you a more effective novelist, but a better writer in general.



Andreas Kossak teaching Screenwriting Course

Do I need prior writing experience?
To take this course, all you need is a desire to write, a first idea of a story you may want to write, and a willingness to put your emotions on paper. Past creative writing experience is good, but not necessary. If you took creative writing classes, you must be willing to unlearn and be "teachable," since our approach may differ significantly from other writing courses. Throughout this course, I work closely with you through weekly feedback.

How can I be sure I can write creatively?
You'll never know if you can write creatively, until you have tried.  In this course, we fill follow a method of teaching screenwriting, which I have developed and tested in the classroom at CSUSB for the past 4 years.  It has worked successfully for many students and the results have been quite remarkable.  Many students discovered for the first time, that they can write stories and several students went on to pursue writing as a professional career.

 

What is the "initial idea," at the beginning of the course?
The "initial idea" answers 3 basic questions. 

1. Who is your story about and what does your main character try to achieve? 
2. What obstacles does your main character face that makes achieving this goal such a difficult struggle? 
3. What does this story mean to you personally?

Work on these 3 questions and answer them in less than a total of 150 words--that's your initial idea.  This will get you started.  Over the entire course, you will expand and modify this idea, until it's a screenplay. 

Power Point Slide Screenwriting Course

How much of a time commitment is this course?
For LECTURES ONLY:
We will have 9 class bi-weekly sessions, scheduled for about 3 1/2 hours each on a Saturday mornings starting at 10:30AM.
 
LECTURES AND GUIDED WRITING OPTION with FEEDBACK and WEEKLY WORK-IN-PROGRESS SUBMISSIONS:
In addition to attending the lectures, for each week you will have an assignment to work on your story incorporating concepts you've learned in class.  I will give you target word counts to keep you on track.  The most productive way of writing is to follow a daily, undisturbed "writing routine" of around 30 minutes. Ideas cannot be forced into existence, instead they will "come to you." The daily writing routine is about giving your ideas that opportunity by relaxing into and trusting your creative mode.  



How much actual writing do I have to do?
LECTURES AND GUIDED WRITING OPTION with FEEDBACK and WORK-IN-PROGRESS SUBMISSIONS:
Over the 9 sessions, you will outline your complete feature film in around 4000 words.  Next, you will transform this outline into a treatment of the same length, 4000 words.  Finally, you will adapt the beginning of your treatment and write the first 15 pages of your screenplay.  At the end of the course, you'll continue on your own to write the full 120 page screenplay, based on your treatment.  We will establish a support and feedback system for that phase.  The method we'll use in this course, has allowed some of my students to complete their first draft screenplay in a few weeks.  However, it's not about speed, but making the writing process fun.  Be warned: writing stories tends to be addictive.

Power Point- Screenwriting Course

Which screenwriting software will we use?
For writing the actual screenplay, we'll use free cloud-based screenwriting software available from Adobe, or Amazon. If you own it, you can use Screenwriter or Final Draft.  All other writing is done with Microsoft Word.  There will be a course website on which I will post download links for free software.



Is there a textbook we will use?
We will not use a textbook. I am actually in the process of writing the textbook on the method we'll use in this course.  In terms of "recommended reading," the best book I found on writing fiction in general, is "On Writing" by Stephen King (the second half of the book). For reference, I will leave several screenwriting books with the Veterans Success Center.






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