The Anatomy of a Screenplay: Finding Your Unique Voice for the Screen

January 24, 2017 — March 14, 2017

Lamberville Hall

Tuesdays, 7PM-9PM

Writing, like all art forms, consists of form and content. Content cannot be learned: it is the fiber of your creative self, your vision, your style- your unique voice that craves expression. Form, on the other hand, is the architecture of story-telling and by far the most challenging aspect of the craft. By studying the structure of great screenplays we learn the tools and techniques of constructing the narrative. Be prepared to read and watch the classics and participate in probing analytical discussion.  Students will also be preparing and discussing their own screenplay outlines which may be used in a future screenwriting class.


Ages 18-Adult


About the Teaching Artist

chris-caanan-headshot-cropped Chris Canaan won an Emmy with Michael Mann for the mini-series, “Camerena: Drug Wars.” He has written and produced movies and mini-series for CBS, NBC, ABC, The Family Channel, Fox, USA, Show Time, Hallmark and Starz Encore, including “Cries Unheard,” with Hillary Swank, “Robinson Crusoe,” starring Pierce Brosnan, and Dashiell Hammett’s “The House On Turk Street,” starring Samuel L. Jackson. Additionally, he was co-creator of the CBS series, “Walker Texas Ranger.” He also developed a contemporary version of “The Prince and the Pauper” for Prince Edward of England, and “Project Millennium” for  George Lucas. His screen adaptations include novels by Elmore Leonard, Ann Rice and Robert Ludlum.   He has taught at UCLA and currently teaches at National University. Canaan holds an MFA in theater from UCSD. He began his career studying acting at Stella Adler in New York. As an actor he has worked many regional theaters, including The National Shakespeare Festival in San Diego, The Dartmouth Repertory as well as the rep companies at Tulane and Tufts.