Master Classes

Nicole Winters Bio Pic Facilitator: Nicole Winters
Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Durham College - Whitby Campus, 1610 Champlain Avenue, Whitby (just northeast of Highway 401 and Thickson Road)
Room: TBA
Cost: $100 for members, $110 for non-members
Note: Lunch not included; please bring your own lunch or be prepared to drive to a local coffee shop. Some vending machines are on the premises, but we cannot guarantee what items will be available.

Applying Cinematic Techniques to Craft Powerful Prose


“A film director controls a film’s artistic and dramatic aspects, and visualizes the script while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfillment of that vision. The director has a key role in choosing the cast members, production design, and the creative as-pects of filmmaking.” – Wikipedia

Unlike a movie director, who works with a team of professionals, the prose writer takes on all the creative roles in their project — from producer and cinematographer, to cos-tumes, sets, hair and make-up and (more often than we should!) caterer.

Without that crew and cast of thousands, how can a cinematic vision be applied to your writing? What can we liberate from film directors that’ll enhance your work? Through the use of multiple videos and examining scenes from literature, we will discuss shots, point of view, colour, sound, movement and lighting, along with other brilliant moments in cin-ema. After reviewing these strategies, you’ll have the chance to play with these tech-niques in small groups. Finally, we will watch some director biographies that'll better help you understand their creative visions.

At the end of this workshop, you will have the tools to use the cinematic eye of a film director to bring the power, intensity and immersiveness of movies to your own writing. You’ll leave with a list of takeaways and further study suggestions to help you continue on your cinematic prose journey.


Nicole Winters has a B.A. in English and Visual Arts with two YA novels under her belt, TT FULL THROTTLE (Lorimer Publishers), and her debut romance THE JOCK AND THE FAT CHICK (HarperCollins). She is also the recipient of numerous award nominations for her screenwriting and received multiple rounds of funding from the Har-old Greenberg Fund. She is currently working on her third YA novel, BREAKING, her first YA psychological horror.



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