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May 17, 2016

Hello Writers!

The Writing the Waves cruise was fantastic this year with 22 of us writing our fingers off and seeing a lot of Spain and Italy and a lovely slice of France for good measure.

Here is what’s coming up from me this summer and fall:

My all day pitching class in Portland, Sat. Aug. 6, 9:30 to 3:30 pm. $50. Tabor Space, Muir Room. Email me if you’re interested.

My fall basic screenwriting class will be at my home in North Wilsonville, 6 Saturdays, 9 am to 3 pm. $495 includes a read and notes on your screenplay. Sept. 17 – Oct 22.

Master Class, ten Monday nights, 7 to 10 pm. We read an entire script by one student each night. $495. Class limited to 10. Must have taken my basic class to be eligible for this one.  It begins Sept. 12 and skips Halloween.

email me if you are interested in any of these.
Love you all, and hope to see some of you.

Here is the flyer for next year’s cruise.  Prices are good if you register before June 29.  After that it may be a bit more.  Includes port fees and taxes.  Not airfare.




Hosted by Playwright/Screenwriter Cynthia Whitcomb

APRIL 6, 2017 ON THE Caribbean Princess,  Group #7698843



Day 1 Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Thur 4/6)

Day 2 Writing at Sea (Fri 4/7)

Day 3 Writing at Sea (Sat 4/8)

Day 4 Bermuda (Sun 4/9)

Day 5 Writing at Sea (Mon 4/10)

Day 6 Writing at Sea (Tue 4/11)

Day 7 Writing at Sea (Wed 4/12)

Day 8 Writing at Sea (Thur 4/13)

Day 9 Writing at Sea (Fri 4/14)

Day 10 Writing at Sea (Sat 4/15)

Day 11 Writing at Sea (Sun 4/16)

Day 12 Cobh (Cork), Ireland (Mon 4/17)

Day 13 Falmouth, England (Tue 4/18)

Day 14 Le Havre/Paris (Wed 4/19)

Day 15 Southampton, England (Thur 4/20)


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 written on this voyage.

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

Interior $1,894 ($1,394 non-writing               roommate)

Ocean View: $2,234. (NWR $1,734)

Balcony $2,454. ($1,954 NWR)

Registering after June 29, prices may vary slightly. $400 Deposit by 6/29/16. Final payment, 1/15/17. (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, 29 of which have been produced on prime time national television. She’s been nominated for the Emmy, Cable Ace, WGA, Humanitas and Edgar Allan Poe Awards. Her books and classes on screenwriting are widely popular. She has written roles for such stars as Jason Robards, Ellen Burstyn, Kevin Spacey, Martin Sheen, Gabriel Byrne and Anjelica Huston.


Writers who have taken 3 cruises with Cynthia

previously, 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

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Dian Greenwood permalink
    May 17, 2016 11:46 pm


    I’ll be coming for your pitch class on Aug. 6. Please sign me up. Thanks for the reminder.

    Will talk with you more then about the writing at sea. Has always interested me. See you in August.

    Dian Greenwood 503-791-6106

  2. July 11, 2016 8:51 pm

    Am making summer plans and want to make sure that you’re still on for the pitching class on August 6th.

    Thanks, Phyllis Yes


    • July 11, 2016 9:42 pm

      Yes, it is. 9 am on Sat. Aug. 6 at Tabor Space, Muir Room. Portland.
      I’m so happy you’ll be taking it. Cheers, Cynthia

  3. Dian Greenwood permalink
    July 15, 2016 1:01 am


    I will be there for the pitch class on Saturday, August 6 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Can I pay you then?

    Dian Greenwood 503-791-6106

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