The Prison Screenwriting Initiative

female inmates writing at a table

“As any screenwriter will tell you, all third acts are redemptive”

TheFilmSchool has recently partnered with the Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) to provide screenwriting courses to its prisoners. With a focus on structure, communication, and redemptive storytelling, our screenwriting courses are both a cathartic tool for healing and a job skill booster for prisoners about to re-enter society. While traditional writing programs exist in prisons throughout the U.S., TheFilmSchool will provide the first screenwriting course of its kind for inmates who wish to learn more about feature films. As Felice Davis, the Assistant Superintendent of the Washington Correction’s Center for Women has stated, “this screenwriting program could help change lives and reduce recidivism.”

Quite simply, The Prison Screenwriting Initiative has the power to reach and change lives both inside and outside penitentiary walls.  Led by our non-profit’s professional writers, this program will provide a forum where prisoners can discuss films and draft screenplays. Through this process, we hope to help our students discover their own voices while fostering greater communication.

Indeed, as any professional screenwriter will tell you, all third acts are redemptive. As such, we hope our students will learn to make better decisions, literally and figuratively, by creating and analyzing their own screenplays and heroes. TheFilmSchool is currently raising funds to bring instructors, supplies, and training to the Gig Harbor Women’s facility. The more we raise, the more women we can help. This program begins April 2, 2019!

To learn more, please contact: lindy@thefilmschool.org

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