Category Archives: Story


Charlie Kaufman: Screenwriting Lecture

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Story Development – Character(s) is Everything

It is said that character drives plot, and that is true. But the main reason we read (or sit in an audience) is to be reminded of the human condition in all of its complexity. That is the purpose of the writer’s work: to remind us of our humanity. Writers connect with readers through the actions and thoughts of the main and supporting characters.  A complex and dynamic main character is vital to any story, no matter the form.  A great central character must feel real, and supporting characters serve to flesh out the story in a meaningful way, creating a dynamic character web. This class is a hands-on craft-class designed to help you discover the most interesting main character for your story, as well as guide you toward a credible and complex character web.

Through exercises, class discussion, and weekly one-on-one interactions with the instructor, you will discover and develop the most interesting and complex character(s) for your project.  After this 4 week workshop, you have a much a better understanding of what drives your overall story, and how that drive can give you its shape and direction.

Dates: 08/16/2012 – 9/6/2012 –

Time: 6:30PM to 8:30PM –

Cost: $180.00 members / $205.00 non-Lighthouse members

Location: Lighthouse Writers Workshop – 1515 Race Street, Denver, CO 80206


This is a very work intensive story development class.  Bring in the project you want to work on.  This is not a lecture class.  This is a hands-on craft class.

Instructor: Michael W. Catlin

Michael has completed 9 full length motion picture screenplays, including: The Enchantment, bought by Universal Pictures and The Burnbaum/Winkler Company; as well as an adaptation of Isabel Allende’s short story “Walimai” entitled Children of the Moon, in partnership with TVC – Communicazione Telavisia, Italy.  Additionally, he’s been hired as a contract writer by producers for their projects and currently has three projects under active development.

Before moving to Denver three years ago, he spent 33 years in Los Angeles, working in front of  and behind the camera; as well as in the executive suites of the studios and production companies as a story analysis  He has coached writers and worked with directors preparing their screenplays for production, and currently is a member of the faculty at the Lighthouse Writers Workshops in Denver, where he focuses his teaching on “story development.”