Screenwriting Classes

Upcoming Classes

RMFW Writing for TV
Tuesdays, 6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
May 13 – July 2
REGISTRATION CLOSED

RMFW Advanced Screenwriting
Mondays, 6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
June 16 – August 4

Member Registration
Non-member Registration

About the Professor

Trai-Cartwright-HeadshotTrai Cartwright is Colorado’s premiere Screenwriting teacher, having taught hundreds of new screenwriters across the Front Range and beyond. A 25-year entertainment industry veteran, Trai recently returned to her native Colorado, and just this summer moved to Denver. During her tenure in Los Angeles, four of her screenplays were optioned, she produced three independent films, and she consulted on thousands of scripts. In TV, she has worked for the legendary TV writers Jay Tarses (The Mary Tyler Moore Show) and William Rabkin (Monk), and reality TV “godfather” Mike Darnell. In film, she was tapped to write scripts by Academy- and Emmy-award winning producers including Peter Saphier (Deer Hunter, Scarface).

She was a studio development executive, spent eight years consulting for HBO, was assistant director of Leonardo DiCaprio’s online ventures, worked at a massively multi-player online role-playing game company, and made ringtones for 20th Century Fox.

Trai currently teaches creative writing, screenwriting, and film studies for the Colorado Film School, UNC, community colleges, writers groups, conferences, and one-on one. Visit her website at www.craftwrite.com

For more information, please reach out directly to Trai at trai.cartwright@gmail.com.



RMFW Writing for TV
Presented by Trai Cartwright
Tuesdays, 6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
May 13 thru July 2
3498 Elmsworth, Lobby Media Room
Cherry Creek, CO
REGISTRATION CLOSED

There is nothing hotter in Hollywood right now than TV. With networks battling cable and online subscription services for audience eyes, the content pipeline is bigger than it has ever been! Better still, getting into TV is easier than ever—but first you need a solid pilot.

Teleplays have their own formatting and structural secrets, and the range of approaches are numerous. From sitcoms to network procedurals to mythology series to straight up dramas, you’ll learn the most current techniques in putting your show to paper. This class will help you to identify and develop the storytelling elements at the core of every series, and make sure you’ve got enough “there there” for an extended run.

In this 8-week, 3-hour class, half the time will be devoted to discussing real world, Hollywood-ready formatting techniques, focusing on the all-important core concept, correct TV structure, and character evolution over a long story arc. The other half of each session will be about workshopping your teleplays. Each writer will have the opportunity to complete either one 1-hour or two half-hour shows under instructor guidance, and workshop up to 25 pages of it in class.



RMFW Advanced Screenwriting
Presented by Trai Cartwright
Monday, 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
June 16 thru August 4
3498 Elmsworth, Lobby Media Room
Cherry Creek, CO
$225 Member Registration
$250 Non-member Registration

This course is designed for writers who have strong familiarity with beginning screenwriting format and are ready to work deeper in the study screenwriting, both from a technical and a theoretical perspective. This class will use a fusion of advanced techniques to critique films and screenplays, and apply those lessons to writers’ own full-length feature films.

In this 8-week, 3-hour class, half the time will be devoted to developing advanced skills in story structure and character development, and increased understanding of how films work as complete entities. The other half of each session will be about workshopping student scripts. Each writer will have the opportunity to complete the half a feature length film under instructor guidance, and workshop 16 pages of it in class.