Screen Writing Camp

When we think of our favorite movies, we often remember the actors, the directors, and the ways in which the story unfolds visually. But we sometimes forget, before the movie was directed and performed, it was written! In this introductory camp, you will learn how to tell a story visually, which includes creating compelling narrative and tight dialogue. You will also learn the accepted screenwriting format. At the end of camp, your screenplay will be distributed to students in our Digital Film Advanced Intensive Camp, who may select your work for production. 

Ages: 14-17

Course Number:


Course Date:
Monday, June 25, 2018 to Friday, June 29, 2018
Course Date Info:

Day and Overnight Options Available
Extended Day (Pool) available until 5:30pm
Overnight students check-in on Sunday night at residence hall

UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Location Info:

Overnight students will check in at the residence hall on Sunday evening and check out on Saturday morning. Day students will check in on Monday morning between 8-8:30am. Classrooms are located around campus, and students may travel by foot, bus or university vehicle to get to classrooms or other camp activities. More details will be available in your confirmation email and in the welcome email sent out three weeks before camp begins.


Day Camp - $370

  • Optional Extended Day until 5:30pm - $35

Overnight Camp - $840


This course is designed for students with an interest in screen writing.


John Patrick Bray (PhD, MFA) is an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies at UGA. He co-wrote the screenplay to Liner Notes (available to rent or purchase on Amazon (dot) com) with his twin brother, CINE Gold Eagle Award-Winner Gregg Bray. Liner Notes was an official selection of The Woodstock Film Festival, The Hoboken International Film Festival (Finalist, Audience Choice), and was additionally screened at the BEA’s Super-Regional Conference where it won first place for a narrative film made by faculty. Also a playwright, John has written under grants from The National Endowment for the Arts and Acadiana Center for the Arts (South Louisiana), and has earned commissions from theatre troupes in NYC, Louisiana, Minnesota, and Virginia. His plays are published with Next Stage Press and Original Works Publishing; and in anthologies published by Smith and Kraus and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books. John is a resident playwright with Off-Off Broadway’s Rising Sun Performance Company and a member of The Dramatists’ Guild of America, Inc. This is John’s first year as a Summer Academy instructor.

Jake Hunsbusher has always had a desire to understand all the varied aspects of production from the planning process to the polishing of the final product. He graduated from Georgia Southern University's Multimedia Film production program in 2016 and immediately enrolled in The University of M.F.A. Georgia's Dramatic Media program. In addition to his work in video/audio production Jake has a great interest in script-writing. He has written several short plays one of which was selected as a finalist for the KACTF 10-minute play festival. This is Jake's first year as a Summer Academy instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

A detailed list of supplies needed for your camp program will be emailed to you two weeks before camp begins.