Moving Picture Institute - Screenwriting Workshops


Grant Summer & Winter Schools Trainings & Fellowships

Location (s):

  • Online
  • United States of America
  • Worldwide


MPI's Screenwriting Workshops give freedom-oriented screenwriters the tools to take their storytelling skills to new heights. MPI teaches participants how to refine their treatments and scripts in order to create strong storylines, compelling characters, and clean structures. The workshops help both documentary and narrative filmmakers translate their ideas into compelling, marketable stories in a collaborative environment.


Screenwriters attend regular virtual workshop sessions, with each session focusing on one of the participants' active projects. Workshop fellows also receive a small stipend.

Leading the seminars are MPI vice presidents Erin O'Connor and Maurice Black, who both hold PhDs in literature and have more than two decades of college teaching experience combined. Together, they provide workshop participants with personal feedback and valuable instruction. Their expertise in storytelling — from character and plot to language and tone — is a terrific asset to fellows' development.

MPI reviews applications for its Screenwriting Workshops on a rolling basis. Interested candidates may fill out the application form on the right.

About MPI 

MPI launches the careers of talented filmmakers who are passionate about telling stories about freedom. MPI staff identifies and supports filmmakers with grants, guidance, internship placements, and networking opportunities. In addition to supporting dozens of independent filmmakers, MPI develops its own original pro-freedom content in-house.

MPI-supported filmmakers have earned top recognition and awards over the course of their careers, including Emmy Awards, a Guinness World Record, an Oscar nomination, a spot on the BAFTA long list for Best Short Film, and more. Their online videos have a collective view count of over 110 million and an average rating of 4.62 stars out of 5.

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Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

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Participants receive a flat stipend of $1000 and sign a contract stipulating the terms of their participation.

Each fellow also agrees to be the focus of one of the workshop sessions, sharing with the other participants and the conference leaders some key piece of screenwriting for an active project.

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