Basic Info
  • Fiction
  • Play/Screenwriting

“When the image is new, the world is new.”—Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space


A film is nothing more than a series of images. This course is for anyone interested in exploring and writing short films. We’ll watch and read some films by Alfred Hitchcock, Andrea Arnolds, John August, Mads Mattheisen, and Philippe Orreindy. We’ll also look at various kinds of short films: narrative, experimental, and punch-line. All the while, we will discuss how strong images enhance screenplay writing and bring the film to life from the page to the screen.

We will create a mini-prose treatment in preparation for our final project: a short script (1-10 pages, or 1-10 minutes of screen time) in proper screenplay format. Though you do not have to bring any previously written material to class, begin thinking about ideas you have for your short film. You will get a generous amount of feedback on your writing and ideas through workshop and discussion. All levels (and genres) welcome.

Anna Morrison


Anna Morrison is a poet from Alpharetta, Georgia. She holds an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a B.A. in English from the University of Georgia. She is a 2014 Nightboat Books Poetry Prize finalist, a recipient of the Friedman Fellowship from The University of Iowa, and a 2014 Yaddo Residency Fellow. Anna has taught creative writing at The University of Iowa, the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, and to students through the Iowa Youth Writing Project and the International Writing Program. Her work has appeared in Pacifica Literary Review, The Moth, Handsome, and The Journal, and is forthcoming in Ploughshares. Currently she lives in Iowa City with her 2-year-old son and teaches Screenwriting at The University of Iowa.