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January 13, 2022

Spring Classes Canceled Independent Study Opportunity OPEN! 10 Spots Available

If you are a writer and you’d love to get 1-1 support with your screenwriting project, I am here for you. You would have me as your mentor  for 100 days (via email and scheduled phone calls) to read drafts, revisions, and brainstorm your ideas for $1000. If you’d like to chat and see if it’s a good fit, email

Fall Class

September 15, 2021

The heat has broken. Rain is on the way and the maples are turning red. The last opportunity to take my screenwriting class this year is coming right up. Class begins this Saturday September 18. It will be eight Saturday mornings from 9 am to noon PST by zoom. Let me know if you’d like to join. I’ll be covering everything from how to choose an idea to how to break into the business. Class fee is $595 and includes my reading your screenplay with detailed notes. Keep writing, people. Here if you need me. Cynthia

Fall Writing Classes

August 13, 2021

Hello Writers,

I’m sending you this announcement because either you have taken a writing or pitching class with me or you’ve at some point expressed interest in screenwriting. (or in my Writing the Waves Cruise.)

This September I am offering my Screenwriting Class that I have taught for many years, seven of them in the Masters Program of the UCLA Film School. The class covers everything from idea to finished script and beyond. We do scene cards, story boards, three act structure, format, character development, dialogue, exposition, relationships, and I even share my best insights for breaking into the business.

Many of my former students have gone on to sell screenplays. (The Mask, Thor, Face/Off, Child’s Play and many others.)

Click HERE to learn more and register for the Screenwriting Class>>>

The class will be held by Zoom on eight Saturdays from 9am to Noon Pacific time, beginning September 18th (skipping Oct. 23) through November 13th. The Class fee is $595 and includes a reading of your script by me with detailed notes. Class is limited to 23 writers, so if you are interested, click here to register!

For those of you who have already taken my Saturday class, you are eligible for my Master Class in which we read one script out loud each week written by one of you and acted by the class. Then I do notes and we workshop it in real time. This class is limited to 10 participants. It also costs $595 and will meet every Monday night from 7-10pm Pacific time on Zoom. Sept. 13th – Nov. 22, skipping Oct. 25.
Reply to this email to snag a spot in the Master Class!

Due to Covid, I won’t be doing the Writing the Waves Cruise in 2022, but plan to do one in 2023 if the world cooperates. 

I hope you all are writing your hearts out in this time of isolated life. 
Keep your spirits up. 

Love, Cynthia

P.S. If you run out of entertainment, I have a play reading on YouTube. Acting Counsel by C.S. Whitcomb. Zoomed starring Tobias Andersen and Tom Walton. Also a film on Disney+, Mark Twain and Me starring Jason Robards. It won the Emmy for best Children’s Program of its year. Enjoy.

Spring 2021

April 14, 2021

Thank God spring is finally here. Our house (everyone over 11) is fully vaccinated. No more ice storms, blackouts and many months before the next fire season.

A happy bit of news. One of my favorite projects has never been released on dvd. And we no longer have a VCR hooked up. So this film had essentially died for me. This was sad because Mark Twain and Me starring the late, great Jason Robards is a wonderful thing. It won the Emmy for best children’s program. And it is now streaming on Disney +

This makes me happy. And it means my kids and grandkids can finally see it, or see it again. Nick and Molly were around 3 and 6 when it first came out.

If you subscribe to Disney+ I hope you’ll watch it. You never know when these things might disappear again.

If any of you want to use this time (say April 20 to May 10) as a writing intensive, I will play the “if we were on the Writing the Waves cruise, what would we be writing?” game with you. I did this last year and got a new play drafted that may still be streamable on youtube. Acting Counsel by CS Whitcomb. Just a zoom reading but with wonderful actors.

So my intention is to write a new draft of a new play this spring.

I am already looking at a wonderful cruise itinerary for 2022. It includes Nova Scotia, three Irish ports, Liverpool and the north of France. When I get rates etc locked in (and they are so good) I will post them here.

Hang in, people. The light is returning and the warmth and the bad year is fading into the shadows of the past.

Soon I will be able to literally hug you guys. In the meantime virtual hugs to all.


A New Play

January 17, 2020

Hello friends,

Happy 2020.  I have a new play, a farce called “The Ghost of David Belasco” that will have a reading at Lakewood Theatre in Lake Oswego as part of the city-wide Fertile Ground New Play Festival.  It will be Sat. Feb 8 at 2 pm.  Here is the pitch:

The Ghost of David Belasco is a farce in the vein of Noises Off and The Play That Goes Wrong. Set in a haunted theatre in 1937, a group of interested characters hire a renowned Russian medium to try and lay the ghost’s angry spirit to rest so the theatre can be safely reopened. They successfully make contact with the long dead theatre impresario Daid Belasco, but from there things go hilariously astray, including freak lightning storms, murder and mayhem. Will this historic theatre be exorcised? Will the actual audience escape with their lives and sanity intact? We shall see.

Come if you can.  I promise you’ll have fun.




What’s Happening Fall 2019

October 21, 2019

Hi all,

A few things for you to consider as you move forward with your writing career.

Today my spring classes have opened.  The prices will go up to $595 per class in 2020, but if you register in 2019 you will be able to take them at the 1991 rates.  (My daughter Molly insists that 28 years is long enough to keep fees the same.) As always, the Saturday class includes a read of your screenplay with detailed notes.  Here are the dates.

Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm.  Feb. 22, 29, March 7, 14, 21, 28 at my home in north Wilsonville, Oregon.

The Master Class is for writers who have already taken the Saturday class.  That one meets ten Monday nights from 7 to 10 pm.  Every week we read an entire screenplay by one of you and workshop it in the room.  (We play all the parts.) Same fee.

My Writing the Waves cruise is filling up but two cabin spaces are still available.  (See the side bar.) . We have a fabulous new ship, a wonderful, smart and fun group of people and some colorful ports in the Canary Islands, Spain, France and Italy.  If you’ve thought that someday you would treat yourself to something like this, why not be wild and impulsive and jump in?

I am doing more book editing this fall.  If you need a book editor, I am available.  I have edited more than 30 books including novels, memoir and non-fiction.  I edit from the level of typos, punctuation and grammar up through structure, character development and theme.  My specialty is getting the emotional response you want from your readers.  Whether delight, suspense, grief, fear or inspiration.  Or to intensify reader’s interest in the subject of your non-fiction book.  My rate is $5/page standard book format.  I’m here if you need me.

Do good work.

Love and hugs,





What’s Happening Summer 2019

July 19, 2019

My one day Pitching Class is coming up Saturday July 27 at my house.

9:00 to 3:00 in north Wilsonville, Oregon.  Let me know if you want one of the last remaining spots.  You will have a chance to workshop your pitch with me.  Fee $50.

email me at if you want to be in this one.

Fall Screenwriting Class begins Sept. 21 through October, six Saturdays 9 to 3 pm.

Class fee $495 includes a read of your screenplay by me.  (This class fee has been the same for 25 years, and will be going up in 2020, so for a bargain, jump in this fall.)  This is the class I taught at UCLA Film School for years.  Everything you need to know from choosing an idea to breaking in.

For those of you who have already taken this course, a Master Class is forming for 10 Monday nights from 7 to 10 pm, beginning on Sept. 16.  Class fee $495.   We will read and workshop a screenplay from one student each week.  Let me know soon if you want to be in this one.  Limited to 10.  Also chez moi.

And of course the 2020 Writing the Waves Trans-Atlantic cruise is now forming.  See the side bar for more info.

I will be teaching a class on Breaking In at the Willamette Writers Conference on Sat Aug. 3 . I look forward to seeing some of you there.

Keep writing and keep in touch.






2019 We’re Off and Writing!

January 6, 2019

Exciting things are happening.

New screenwriting class is forming in Feb on Saturdays.  I love teaching this one (and have loved it since I used to teach it at UCLA Film School.)  Beginning Feb. 23 and running 6 Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm at my home in north Wilsonville.  (See Classes tab or sidebar.)

Next the Writing the Waves cruise is shaping up to be amazing.  The cruise line added Liverpool, so of course we’re doing the Beatles tour.  And after Dublin, Molly and I are doing a week of theatre in London including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and hopefully Hamilton.  (They should go on sale momentarily)

And before these even happen, my new play (written on Writing the Waves cruise 18 months ago) will have its first staged reading on Monday night, Jan. 28 at 7:30 pm at Artists Rep in Portland.  Open seating, suggested donation $10.  Here’s the pitch:

The Kings of the Carnegie Deli by C.S. Whitcomb is a new comedy based on the real-life friendship between Bob Fosse, Paddy Chayefsky and Herb Gardner.  It takes place in the mid-1970s in New York City where they had offices in the same building, worked and grappled with doubt, depression, drugs, alcohol, women, success, heart attacks, creativity, failure and fame. Between them they created Marty, A Thousand Clowns, Cabaret, Hospital, Chicago, Network, Lenny, All That Jazz and many others.

Tobias Andersen is directing.  Todd Van Voris will play Paddy, Gary Norman will be Herb Gardner and David Berkson, Fosse.  I hope to see some of you there.  It is dear to my heart.

Don’t forget to make your 2019 writing goals, and make them grand and inspiring.

Remember our motto (borrowed from the film Julia)

“Work hard!  Take chances!  Be very, very bold!”

Fall 2018 Screenwriting Class

August 30, 2018

My new screenwriting class is starting up on Sept. 22, 2018

I cover everything from how to choose an idea to how to break in.

Six Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm at my home in North Wilsonville, OR.

Class fee of $495 includes my reading your screenplay with detailed notes.

Class includes Three Act Structure, coordinating Right Brain/Left Brain in the writing process,

research, format, dialogue, subplots, setups and payoffs, character evolution, Act Two Blues,

everything you need.  Also useful for Novelists and Memoirists.

This is the course I taught at UCLA Film School for years.

To register email me at

It’s going to be a great group this fall.

June 25, 2018





Hosted by Playwright/Screenwriter Cynthia Whitcomb

APRIL 22, 2019 ON THE Celebrity Reflection, 


Day 1 Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Mon 4/22)

Day 2 Writing at Sea (Tue 4/23)

Day 3 Writing at Sea (Wed 4/24)

Day 4 Writing at Sea (Thur 4/25)

Day 5 Writing at Sea (Fri 4/26)

Day 6 Writing at Sea (Sat 4/27)

Day 7 Writing at Sea (Sun 4/28)

Day 8 Writing at Sea (Mon 4/29)

Day 9 Azores, Portugal (Tue 4/30)

Day 10 Azores, Portugal (Wed. 5/1)

Day 11 Writing at Sea (Thur 5/2)

Day 12 Writing at Sea (Fri 5/3)

Day 13 Cobh/Cork, Ireland (Sat 5/4)

Day 14 Dunmore/Waterford, Ireland (Sun 5/5)

Day 15 Dublin, Ireland (Mon. 5/6)


All “At Sea” days will feature writing workshops from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Writing on your own in the afternoons. Dinner together at 6 pm, then evening writing salons 8 – 10 pm where we read aloud, critique our work and solve writing problems. With nine At Sea days, it’s possible to write more than 50 pages on this voyage.

Prices (per person, double occup. Air not     included)

Interior $1,769. ($1,269 non-writing                         roommate)

Balcony $2,429. ($1,929. NWR)

$50 Deposit at time of registering.

$400 due Nov. 2018.

Final payment, Jan. 2019.

(Includes port taxes and fees)

The workshops will cover everything you need to know to successfully create, complete and market your projects. Subjects include:

How to choose an idea. Research.

Story structure. Character Development.

Scene cards and Storyboards. Love Stories. Genres. Film, Theatre and Book Formats.

Style. Voice. Scene and Summary.

Revising and Polishing. Using Right Brain/Left Brain. Laura Whitcomb’s Novel Shortcuts

How to Write a Non-Fiction Book Proposal

Agents, Editors, Producers & Managers.

Pitching. Editing. Breaking in.


Cynthia Whitcomb has sold over 70 screenplays, 30 of which have been produced on national television. She’s been nominated for the Emmy, WGA, and Edgar Allan Poe Awards. She has written 3 screenwriting books and taught writing at the UCLA Film School. She has written roles for such stars as Jason Robards, Ellen Burstyn, Martin Sheen, Liev Schreiber, Gena Rowlands and Anjelica Huston. Since 2007 she has been an active playwright in Oregon.


Writers who have already taken 3 cruises with Cynthia will not be charged for the class.

(They will pay the non-writing roommate rate.)


To register email Walt Schaffrick at

(800)210-9444 option #2