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 for the second year! Comic creator, screenwriter, and animation director Dash Shaw will be the keynote speaker on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

The inaugural keynote speaker was comic creator and screenwriter Joe Kelly, known for BEN 10, I KILL GIANTS, and his contributions to reinvigorating the Deadpool comics.

Other established filmmakers and screenwriters will be part of the instruction, including Shenandoah University faculty Kelley Crowley, Paul DiFranco, and Blayne Weaver.

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 17, 2020, 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
9-11:50 a.m. Three Breakout Sessions in Jobs in the Industry, Screenwriting, From Script to Screen, and, for returning attendees, Film Production
12-12:50 p.m. Lunch at Allen Dining Hall
1-3:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Dash Shaw will share his experience in the industry and will lead students through a creative lesson he uses in his craft; autograph session to follow

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 October 5, 2020. 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 $5 to the screening of My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea and Q&A with Dash Shaw at 5 p.m. at the Alamo Drafthouse in Winchester. Please select this option during registration (total $40). Four Color Fantasies will have pop-up stores to purchase the keynote speaker’s books on campus and at the Alamo. Please encourage students to bring cash or debit cards for purchases.

Ready to register? Click 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 Dash Shaw’s presence. If the author cancels for any reason, we will offer another industry professional from the pool of professionals at Shenandoah University.

Disclaimer: Please note that My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea is rated PG-13 with the warning “some images of peril, sexual references, and drug material.” This description applies to his comic books as well. We believe the material is appropriate for students in the target audience for this conference AND that it will appeal to them, but parental guidance is suggested. For additional information, please email Rhonda Lancaster at If you want to preorder any of Dash Shaw’s books, we encourage you to shop local, including at Four Color Fantasies. Contact them via phone at (540) 662-7377, email, or visit their store at 80 Weems Lane, Winchester, Va.

Other Workshops:

Second Saturdays Series from August to December 2020

Advanced Young Writers’ Workshop from September to December

College and Scholarship Application Essay Workshop, September 19

Summer 2021, June 21-25, Shenandoah University Winchester, Va. (virtual or online)