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Screenwriting Intensive, with ‘Jaws’ Screenwriter, Carl Gottlieb

June 16, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - June 18, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


** ** ** The one-on-one session for Saturday and Sunday is now closed. FTM Thanks everyone for their submissions. We’ll be in contact to let those who have been chosen to meet with Carl by June the 6th ** ** **


NOTE: The evening lecture is still open for registration and we’ll be taking sign ups until the day of (June 23rd)

(Still open)
 Friday, June 16th, 2017 | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Red River College – 160 Princess St. | Room A102 – Great West Life Theatre


(Now closed)
Morning discussion:

Saturday, June 17th, 2017 | 10 am – 12 pm

Individual, 30 to 40 minute one-on-one to be scheduled on:

Saturday, June 17th, 2017 | 1 pm – 5 pm

Sunday, June 18th, 2017 | 10 am – 5 pm

Red River College – 160 Princess St. |   Room W411


Applicants of the one-on-one sessions must submit the following materials:

1) A one-page cover letter detailing potential questions for the instructor and a current bio (maximum of one page in length).

2) A one to two page synopsis for a screenplay or teleplay. If the screenplay is already in a draft stage, participants are to specify in the cover letter which draft stage it’s currently in (e.g. 1st, 2nd draft etc.)

Please submit all materials to:

Please note: The deadline for submission is June 2, 2017 at 4pm. Selection to the morning discussion and one-on-one sessions will be juried and all applicants will be notified by June 6th.
The deadline for full payment must be made by June 9 at 4pm.


During FTM’s evening lecture, veteran screenwriter Carl Gottlieb will engage with the course participants in a lecture on the process of developing and writing for film and television.

During the evening lecture, the instructor will discuss story structure and current trends in writing for film and television. The participants will get the opportunity to ask questions during this evening session.


The morning discussion will focus on integral elements of the scriptwriting process and knowing what funders/networks look for at each stage. Participants will learn about effective and strategic writing for the various stages of the development process.


During the one-on-one weekend sessions, the instructor will work collaboratively with the participants and provide feedback about the individual submitted projects. Carl will address the project’s strengths and weaknesses of the concepts, setting, story structure, characters, and themes, as well as valuable information on the marketplace considerations.


About the Instructor

Carl Gottlieb is an actor, director, producer, screenwriter, and author whose books include the bestseller Long Time Gone: The Autobiography of David Crosby (with David Crosby) and the acclaimed Jaws Log. He came to Hollywood from New York via San Francisco, where he was an improvisational actor with the famed satirical revue The Committee, and won an Emmy for writing “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” on CBS.

In addition to the Jaws screenplay, which was nominated for a Golden Globe and a British Academy Award, he co-wrote The Jerk, Jaws 2, Dr. Detroit, Jaws 3D, Which Way Is Up, and Caveman, which he also directed.

For television, Gottlieb has written for “The Odd Couple”, “All in the Family”, and “The Bob Newhart Show.” He directed The Absent-Minded Waiter, a comedy short featuring Steve Martin that was nominated for an Academy Award.

Gottlieb has taught advanced screenwriting at Columbia University, USC, the University of Miami, & the American Film Institute.




Film Training Manitoba Course Registration Policy  

  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older to register and attend the course.
  • Participants must register in advance of the course. No drop-ins.
  • Registration is on a first come, first served basis – unless otherwise specified. Enrollment may be limited.
  • Registration for all courses, including weekend workshops, must be done between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (except holidays).
  • All registrations must be received and confirmed in-person or by telephone with an FTM staff member during office hours.
  • We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.
  • Payment in full is required to secure a spot in an FTM course.



Course Registration

Registration can be done in one of two ways:

In Person – cash, cheque, VISA and MasterCard, and debit are accepted. (Please make cheques payable to Film

Training Manitoba.) Our offices are located at 100 – 62 Albert Street, in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. We are open to the public Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.


By Phone – VISA and MasterCard (credit & debit) only. Registrations are accepted via the main line at 204-989-9669. *We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.


Cancellation Policy

  • Participants must cancel up to 4 full business days prior to the course start date to receive an 80% refund.
  • No refund will be given to participants who cancel within 4 full business days before the course start date, or if they do not attend the course.
  • Film Training Manitoba reserves the right to cancel, or postpone, any course where a minimum registration level has not been met. Participants registered for a course that is canceled will receive a full refund.



Breaks and refreshments

All course participants are responsible for their own lunch.




Film Training Manitoba’s workshop training program is generously funded by the provincial government department of Jobs and the Economy.



June 16, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
June 18, 2017 @ 5:00 pm