Project Write, the Shenandoah Valley Writing Project, SU’s Department of Media and Communication, and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema are teaming up to bring a day of screenwriting and production workshops to the area. Comic creator and screenwriter Joe Kelly will be the keynote speaker. He is most widely known as the author of the graphic novel I Kill Giants and worked on the screenplay for the movie adaptation. He is one of the founding members of Man of Action Entertainment and has earned accolades for revitalizing the Deadpool comics. Other established filmmakers and screenwriters will be part of the instruction.

Thanks to a grant from the Marion Park Lewis Foundation for Arts we are able to offer this conference for an especially low price.

The conference for high school students and their teachers will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019, on the campus of Shenandoah University in Henkel Hall from 9 am until 3 pm.

Why Screenwriting?

  • Video is everywhere.
  • Media literacy is a must.
  • What better way to understand the genre than by immersing in the writing and production?
  • Project-based learning lends itself to film production.
  • Many schools are adding film programs and the conference is designed to complement them.

Sample Schedule

8:30 a.m. Registration, Henkel Hall
9-9:45 a.m. Keynote: Joe Kelly, Hester Auditorium
10-10:45 a.m. Session I*
11-11:45 a.m. Session II*
11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Lunch at Allen Dining Hall
1-1:45 p.m. Session III*
2:10-3:00 p.m. Panel (TBA: former SU film students who now work in the industry)

*All students will rotate through the same three sessions. Sessions include Jobs in the Industry, Scriptwriting & Development, and From Page to Cinema (a production session).

REGISTRATION COST is $35 for students OR advisers, including lunch on campus at Shenandoah University. Advisers can attend for FREE with six paid student registrants. The Registration Deadline is September 30, 2019. Due to our planning of events relying on accurate numbers of participants, refunds are NOT available after the registration deadline. In emergency situations, we will consider a partial refund on a case-by-case basis. We will allow LATE registrations for $45.

Other costs: Conference attendees receive discounted admission for $7 to the screening of I Kill Giants and Q&A with Joe Kelly at 5 p.m. at the Alamo Drafthouse in Winchester. Please select this option during registration (total $42). Four Color Fantasies will have pop-up stores to purchase the keynote speaker’s books. Please encourage students to bring cash or debit cards for purchases.

If you are ready to register, visit our registration site here.

Registration instructions: When registering, please be sure to enter the attendee’s name on the ticket (this is the first window you will see once you click on the “Book Now” button). It is possible to register more than one student at a time on the site by simply clicking “Add Ticket” in this same window!

For more updates as the day draws near, bookmark this page at Project Write, Inc.. follow us online @ProjectWrite on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or email our main office and ask to be added to our Young Screenwriters’ Conference mailing list.

Any questions can be directed to our main office at

We look forward to working with you!

Write On!

Please note: We offer no guarantee of Joe Kelly’s presence. If the author cancels for any reason, we will offer another industry professional from the pool of professionals at Shenandoah University.