WGC and CBC Master Class

WGC and CBC invite you “In The Writers’ Room”, a two-part Drama Screenwriting Workshop Series on April 3 and 5


Public Event & Call for Submissions

March 4, 2009 – The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) and CBC proudly invite Quebec-based screenwriters In The Writers’ Room, a Drama workshop series, presented in partnership with the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema (Concordia University). This two-part pilot initiative will take place on April 3 and 5, 2009 in Montreal.

In The Writers’ Roomkicks off on April 3 at CBC with the Drama Clinic: Analysing Heartland, led by series writers Leila Basen and David Preston. This 3-hour session will offer a screening of an episode of the hit CBC TV series Heartland, followed by an in-depth look at the creative process behind its success. This free event is open to all students, emerging and seasoned writers.

Drama Clinic: Analysing Heartland with Leila Basen and David Preston


Friday, April 3, 2009 at 6:00 pm


CBC (La Maison Radio-Canada), 1400 René-Lévesque Blvd East


RSVP : a.perrotta@wgc.ca

For the second part of In the Writers’ Room, the WGC and CBC invites writers across Quebec to submit their projects for a chance to attend an exclusive Drama Writing Master Class on April 5 led by award-winning screenwriters Laurie Finstad-Knizhnik (Durham County) and Bruce M. Smith (Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story, The Sleep Room). This call for submissions is open to up-and-coming screenwriters who have created and are working on one-hour TV drama series. This one-day intensive workshop will help selected participants develop their skills in drama series analysis. Master Class members will receive in-depth critiquing of their projects, bringing them one step closer to being pitch ready for producers and broadcasters. Interested candidates are asked to fill out the submission form and attach all requested documents. The Drama Writing Master Class will be held at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University and is free of charge.

Drama Writing Master Class with Laurie Finstad-Knizhnik and Bruce M. Smith

Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 10:00 am

Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema (Concordia University),1250 Guy Street, Room FB449

***Deadline for Submissions Extended to March 16, 2009.

For more on eligibility details, proposal requirements, and submission form, please click here

Only selected participants will be contacted by or before March 23, 2009.

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. With 28 services offered on Radio, Television, the internet, satellite radio, digital audio, as well as through its record and music distribution service and wireless WAP and SMS messaging services, CBC/Radio-Canada is available how, where, and when Canadians want it. Through this array of activities, CBC/Radio-Canada brings diverse regional and cultural perspectives into the daily lives of Canadians in English, French and eight aboriginal languages, in nine languages on its international Radio service, RCI, and in eight languages on its web-based radio service RCI viva, a service for recent and aspiring immigrants to Canada.

The Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University, is the largest, university-based centre for the study of film animation, film production and film studies in Canada. Courses are taught by internationally-known film artists and scholars, all of whom are exceptionally active in their specialties. The School’s undergraduate and graduate programmes are focused on the moving image as a form of artistic expression that has been of extraordinary importance since the late nineteenth century.  We are proud of our graduates who, through the making of award-winning, independent films or though innovative teaching and research, contribute to the on-going development and understanding of cinema as a vital component of the visual arts. Central to the School’s efforts is a determination to explore all possibilities of the medium of film, while also addressing newer technologies and paradigms pertaining to moving images. Whatever medium is used for expression, however, the emphasis is placed decisively on helping students enhance their individual talents and ideas.

WGC - Working for Canadian Screenwriters

The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) represents 2,000 professional screenwriters working in film, television, radio and digital production. The WGC is the voice of screenwriters in Canada and an advocate for policies that foster the Canadian cultural industries. The WGC negotiates and administers collective agreements with independent producers and broadcasters.   


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Anne-Marie Perrotta

Québec Chapter Representative


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