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Free screenwriting workshop with local director starts June 9 at Game Chateau in Wilkes-Barre

Free screenwriting workshop with local director starts June 9 at Game Chateau in Wilkes-Barre
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From a press release:

The Game Chateau in Wilkes-Barre has announced its third community writers workshop – screenwriting with local director, producer, and screenwriter Jon YonKondy, MFA.

The workshop will run weekly on Thursday nights throughout the month of June starting on Thursday, June 9. It will involve a broad survey of screenwriting as an art form, where the class will be charged with creating a few pieces of original work and analyzing and refining their scripts under peer review in a highly collaborative and open setting.

There is no fee for the first 10 participants to enroll. Participants are asked to provide their own laptop. If this causes difficulty for participants, contact The Game Chateau (1112 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre) to inquire about borrowing one.

Participants are asked to sign up for the entire series (four weeks). The event will run from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., although the venue is open until 11 p.m. for those who want to stay later.

The Game Chateau offers a variety of food and drink options, so no outside food or drink is permitted. A dinner order will be placed at the beginning of the workshop.

Instructor Jon YonKondy is the writer/director/producer of “Baby Frankenstein” and “Susquehanna.” He also co-directed the James Franco-produced “Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha.”

YonKondy graduated as one of the top directors in his class from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in 2014, where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in screenwriting. Prior to that, he studied at Penn State University and Wyoming Area.

He has spent a decade working in the entertainment industry, learning from the creatives behind such movies as “Avatar,” “The Perfect Storm,” “Air Force One,” “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” “The Birth of a Nation” (2016), and shows such as “Vinyl,” “Cheers,” “Frasier,” and “Murphy Brown.”

For more information on the class, see the Facebook event page.