From Script to Stage, Screen, and Beyond:

An 8 Week Writing Course

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With so many of us turning to entertainment to keep us occupied lately, have you ever wondered what goes into all that media you’ve been consuming?

In this eight week course, we will explore the answer to that question. We will look into a variety of script styles as well as the elements of creating a great story to help understand the entire process.  As a writer, you will explore some new genres and push the envelope of your skills, and have the satisfaction of creating an entire one-act play or short film by the end of this course.  Each week will focus on an aspect of scriptwriting and storytelling, and give the students a boost towards that final product with all of the skills they’ve learned (or sharpened) along the way. 

This course is recommended to incoming 9th graders and up, as much of it is self-paced work. The course will be completely online and will be a hybrid of self-paced assignments, forums, a once-weekly discussion via Discord, and a chance to examine some published works. By the end of this course, you will have a one-act/short film script, a portfolio of different writing samples, and the tools to tackle any story you feel driven to tell. 

Week 1: Introduction, Script Basics, and Formatting 

Week 2: Sketch Comedy and Characterization 

Week 3: Memory Plays and Backstory

Week 4: Myths, Fairytales and Plot Arcs 

Week 5: Mystery and Transitions 

Week 6: Historical Fiction and Fact-Checking 

Week 7: Drama and Detail Writing 

Week 8:  A One-Act of A Genre of Choice 

Instructor: Longtime MTG volunteer Courtney Ernste grew up with a pen in her hand and a spotlight in her heart. She has resided in Menomonie for a majority of her nearly 25 years. She has always had a love for the stage and writing. During her junior year of high school, she discovered the art of playwriting and hasn’t stopped since. She is excited to share this art form with you and help you find the right avenue for your story.

Summer Sampler

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Star Potential Showcase

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Safety Information

MTG Summer Camp Guidelines Related to COVID-19

Safety is our top concern.
  • We will be meeting cars for student drop off (no adults other than staff will be allowed in the building). Our staff, with face masks on and instant read/non-contact thermometer in hand, will check in campers at the curb. Staff members will also have a daily temperature check.
  • Hand washing will be the first order of business and then we’ll be keeping campers physically distant from others to minimize contact. 
  • Students will be asked to bring and wear a mask during most of the day.
  • Pick up will again be at the curb facilitated by walkie talkies.
  • Staff will clean and sanitize classrooms and bathrooms before and after each camp to keep our spaces as pristine and safe as possible.
  • Students are asked to not arrive early, and will not be allowed to linger after classes.
  • Summer Sampler camp will be limited to 8 campers and 2 staff in compliance with safety guidelines. 
  • Star Potential Showcase participants will share rehearsal time with one other student, and will be at a large distance while singing for each other. Microphones for the showcase will be sanitized between performances, and only one student will be on stage for each performance. The audience will be asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines, and encouraged to wear masks during the showcase at the Wilson Park Bandshell.
Your child’s experience will be our focus.
  • Camp will be highly interactive and engaging. Campers will work together to learn skills that build confidence for the stage and for all of life’s experiences.
  • Whenever weather permits, Summer Sampler campers will share outdoor time together on the park-like greenspace just north of the MTG building. This will help mitigate potential risk and allow all of us to get out and enjoy the summer sunshine!
  • Camp will look different this year than in years past, but time will be well spent working on the individual aspects that make up an outstanding stage performance. 

The way we showcase our work to family and friends will be different.

  • While we cannot offer an in-person indoor showcase at the MTG building for the Summer Sampler camp, we will record and edit highlights into a short video each week and send a link to families to have their own screening party and celebration at home. With permission, we would love to also share these videos with the larger MTG community via our Facebook page and website.
  • The Star Potential Showcase will not be held indoors, but rather at the bandshell in Wilson Park. Students will appear individually on stage, and microphones will be sanitized between use. Audience members will be requested to maintain social distancing and encouraged to wear masks. 
In the event of required cancelations…
  • Two weeks prior to the beginning of these camp experiences, the safety plan will be reviewed by the MTG summer programming committee to ensure compliance with current guidelines. Changes will be made if necessary, and we appreciate your understanding and flexibility.
  • If any in-person camp experiences are forced to cancel due to new state/CDC requirements for community safety, we will issue a full refund for the camps impacted.