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Summer 2017

June 6, 2017

Happy summer writers!  

A lot is happening.  First of all upcoming events:

Pitching Class Sat. July 29, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

All genres of writing.  Fee:  $50.  Register at

My play “Santos” will have a reading at Artists Repertory Theatre during the Proscenium Live festival sponsored by Portland Shakespeare Project.  It will be Sat. Aug. 5, 7:30 pm.  All seats free and open seating.  Alder Stage.   Come if you possibly can!

I will be teaching two classes at the W.W. conference, first weekend in August at Portland Airport Sheraton Hotel.

My new book is out now.  The Heart of the Film:  How to Write Love Stories in Screenplays.  Available from Barnes and Noble and  If you like it please give it a few good words or stars online.  This always helps.


My fall screenwriting class will begin on Sept. 23 to Oct. 28  and run for 6 Saturdays at my home in north Wilsonville, 9 am to 3 pm.

Class fee $495, includes a reading of your screenplay with detailed notes from me.  To register, go to PayPal, account or  Or you can send me a check.  email me at for more info.





Hosted by Playwright/Screenwriter Cynthia Whitcomb

APRIL 13, 2018 on the Celebrity Reflection, Group #8728286


Day 1 Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Fri 4/13)

Day 2 Writing at Sea (Sat 4/14)

Day 3 Writing at Sea (Sun 4/15)

Day 4 Writing at Sea (Mon 4/16)

Day 5 Writing at Sea (Tue 4/17)

Day 6 Writing at Sea (Wed 4/18)

Day 7 Writing at Sea (Thur 4/19)

Day 8 Writing at Sea (Fri 4/20)

Day 9 Tenerife, Canary Isl (Sat 4/21)

Day 10 Writing at Sea (Sun 4/22)

Day 11 Malaga, Spain (Mon 4/23)

Day 12 Cartagena, Spain (Tue 4/24)

Day 13 Barcelona, Spain (Wed 4/25)

Day 14 Ajaccio, Corsica (Thur 4/26)

Day 15 Rome, Italy (Fri 4/27)


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 $2,199.81 ($1,699.81 non-writing  roommate)

Balcony $2,439.81. ($1,939.81 NWR)

$50 Deposit by as soon as possible

$400 due Nov. 3, 2017.

Final payment, 1/3/18.

(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 prime time national television. She’s been nominated for the Emmy, 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, Gena Rowlands 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


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