1:1 Student Mentoring
Story development, career planning, and post-secondary preparation.
- 1 hr1 hour
- 200 Canadian dollars$200
- Online (Zoom)
Comprehensive, industry-guided career preparation for students serious about pursuing studio or independent vocations as professional writers, filmmakers, or content creators. Weekly | 1 hour sessions 4, 6, or 12 months Customized to your schedule $200/session (Discount: $700 per month for 4 sessions) Coach: Paul Donnett Writer-producer, festival judge, studio reader, film production instructor (VFS, Langara, VAS) What We'll Cover: IDENTIFYING CAREER PATHWAYS: • Online content creator • Screenwriter (film, TV, web series, podcast) • Author (fiction, non-fiction) • Freelance, blog or copy writer • Producer • Director ASSET & PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT: • Short film screenplay • Feature film screenplay • Fiction – Short form (short story) • Fiction – Long form (novel) • Blog/journalism/copywriting (samples) PROFESSIONAL BEST PRACTICES: • Goal and milestone setting • Scheduling • Time & lifestyle management • Psycho-emotional self-management • Iteration-Feedback loop & project management • Collaboration & notes POST-SECONDARY: • Identify school options • Identify skill sets and portfolio requirements (Grade 10/11/12) • Build portfolio • Prepare additional required materials • Provide reference letter • Complete application • Submit and track • Final preparations for Day 1 Student Testimonies: “The writing program was something I looked forward to attending every week. There was an infectious energy that made learning about storytelling and analyzing screenplays fun. Paul created a great group environment where it was easy for everyone to discuss and share ideas.” Nikita Zhang, Burnaby North/ACE-IT grad, Ryerson University “I would absolutely take this course again. It combines screenwriting theory with a refreshingly realistic approach to getting your scripts on the page, delivered in a friendly atmosphere that cultivates creativity. The whole approach is grounded in the reality of what it's actually like to work on a script, with plenty of examples, templates, and tables to help steer you. 10 out of 10!” Sarah Tolle, Editor, Black & White Zebra Industries