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Media Production Workshops

Don't just consume media - make it!

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In collaboration with instructors in PLU’s School of Arts and Communication and its award-winning MediaLab, Continuing Education will begin offering a suite of media production workshops in 2017.  These interactive workshops combine hands-on experience with theoretical foundations to allow business professionals, amateur genealogists, aspiring podcasters, and media studies students to realize their creative visions.


Each workshop stands on its own, but the completion of all three confers a Certificate of Completion.

– Screenwriting: TBA
– Audio Production: TBA
– Film and Video Production: TBA

Cost Per Workshop: 
– Standard: $145
– PLU staff/students/alumni: $120
(Contact ce@plu.edu for discount code)

Introduction to Screenwriting

Racks of film and television scripts


This workshop will provide participants with a strong introduction to the art of scriptwriting and the opportunity to workshop their own script. Participants learn the basic elements of good storytelling and story structure, including plot, setting, character, and conflict.

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Laurel Minter is an award-winning screenwriter and film director, who has worked with a variety of film production companies and directors on feature film projects and serves as a script consultant to screenwriters. She earned her MFA in Film from UCLA and is the recipient of numerous screenwriting awards, including a Samuel Goldwyn award and an Alfred. P. Sloan/Tribeca Foundation fellowship. In 2012, Laurel was honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a finalist for the Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting.

She has written, directed and produced several short films. Maria in the Kitchen (2010) won Best Short Film at the 2010 Other Venice Film Festival, and was licensed for distribution by KCTS channel 9 after a successful film festival run. Man, Where’s My Shoe? (2004) won the Broader Vision Award at the 2005 Garden State Film Festival and was selected for several other recognized festivals. She is currently in development for Soledad and Lucero, a film about a an illegal immigrant haunted by the violent loss of her beloved daughter.

Laurel is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America West, for which she has served as an adjudicator for WGA award nominated scripts since 2008, in the long-form TV script category. She also adjudicates feature scripts for the annual Nate Wilson award, and for the UCLA Professional Program in screenwriting.

She teaches scriptwriting and directing for colleges, universities and arts organizations that have included Relativity School and Young Storytellers in Los Angeles, Stanford University’s Online Writers Studio, Seattle Central College and the Seattle Repertory Theater. She was a featured presenter for the Bay area Women on Writing conference for several years, as well as for the 2011 Oaxaca International Film Festival, in Mexico.

Audio Production

Samson C01UPROThis workshop will provide participants with the basic skills necessary to capture clean and clear audio for use in any video projects, podcasts, or multimedia productions in which sound is an important element. Participants will receive equal parts classroom instruction as well as hands-on experience in the creation of a short project from start to finish.

Film and Video Production

black video camera sitting on brown tableIn this workshop, participants will learn fundamentals of visual communication and receive classroom instruction as well as hands-on experience. By the conclusion, participants will have an understanding of what it takes to produce high-quality video projects for use in academic, professional, or personal contexts.

9a – 4p*

Pacific Lutheran University
Anderson University Center 171

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*1 hour will be provided for participants to purchase lunch on- or off-campus. Light refreshments will be provided in the morning.