develop your script

Class Description

Got a screenplay you’re itching to write? Take this opportunity to develop your short or feature film script or one-hour teleplay in an intense but supportive workshop setting. This class will focus on crafting the concept and structure of your story, and will provide feedback on your evolving script. Participants must enter the class with a story outline or first draft of the idea they wish to develop.

Payment Policies

Class Payment and Cancellation Policy

Your enrollment in any class is not guaranteed until payment is received.  Classes must be paid for at least one week before the first class.  You may cancel your enrollment in a class one week before the first class without charge.  Cancellations made less than a week before the first class will be refunded the full amount less a $50 cancellation fee.  Cancellations made after the first class will be refunded the tuition less a $50 cancellation fee and the appropriate portion of the total tuition for the one class you attended. You must cancel before the date of the second class to receive a refund. All classes are subject to cancellation if there are insufficient registered participants.  We will notify you regarding cancellation at least one week before the first class.  If we cancel the class, you are entitled to a full refund or you may transfer to another scheduled class, space permitting.

Next Classes

Winter Screenwriting

Start Date: Feb 21, 2017

Duration: 12 weeks (Feb 21 to May 16 – no class Mar 28, Apr 4 & 25)

Schedule: Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 9pm

Cost: Early Bird $375+GST (October 31, 2016) | Regular $425+GST

Register: Call 780-429-1671 to register

Instructor: Scot Morison

Scot Morison has an MFA in creative writing from UBC.  He has published one novel and a number of short stories in literary journals and anthologies, but has worked primarily in film and television for the last 20 years.  His drama credits include writing and story editing for two Canadian series, “Mentors” and “Jake and the Kid”, for which he received two AMPIA Awards.  He also wrote the MOW “Cabin Pressure” for Crescent Entertainment and Lionsgate Television.  Scot has developed series and long-form drama projects for CBC, Family, Global, CHUM and A-Channel in Canada, and for the BBC in the UK.  Current projects include “50 Feet of Happiness”, a feature film for Gangof2 Productions and Buffalo Gal Productions based on “The Case of Lena S”, a novel by Giller Prize winning author David Bergen; “Young Defenders”, a one-hour drama series developed through CTV’s Writer’s Only Program ; and “Major Junior”, a one-hour drama series set in the world of junior hockey for Panacea Entertainment and Aquila Productions.

Scot also writes and directs documentaries.  His credits include “The Spirit of the Forest” (Discovery), “Catching the Chameleon” (A-Channel), “Seeds of Change” (CLT and ACCESS), “Out of the West”, “Between the Stones and the Ocean: A Portrait of Rudy Wiebe”, and “Capturing Cooperman – A Not-So Private Investigation of Howard Engel” (all for Bravo), and “Al Rashid: The Story of Canada’s First Mosque” (Omni).  He is also the story consultant on “Oil Change”, an ongoing documentary series about the Edmonton Oilers produced by Aquila Productions for Rogers Sportsnet.

Scot taught for 10 years in the Professional Writing program at Grant MacEwan University’s School of Communications, in Edmonton.  He has also taught writing for series television at the Banff Centre, and screenwriting at the Cinema Production Centre in Ramallah, Palestine.  He is a past president of the Writers Guild of Alberta.  He is a founding partner, along with Conni Massing and Curtis Gillespie, in The Company of Writers Inc., a multimedia production company in Edmonton.

Programs Calendar

Upcoming Programs

The Programs Calendar is a combination of pretty much all the FAVA related activities from events to education. Including:

Select from the links above for their specific calendars. Or browse the following calendar to find all programming events.

September 2017
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
August 27, 2017 August 28, 2017 August 29, 2017 August 30, 2017

Main Course Class Screening

Main Course Class Screening
August 31, 2017 September 1, 2017 September 2, 2017
September 3, 2017 September 4, 2017 September 5, 2017 September 6, 2017 September 7, 2017 September 8, 2017 September 9, 2017
September 10, 2017 September 11, 2017 September 12, 2017 September 13, 2017 September 14, 2017 September 15, 2017 September 16, 2017
September 17, 2017 September 18, 2017 September 19, 2017 September 20, 2017 September 21, 2017 September 22, 2017 September 23, 2017
September 24, 2017 September 25, 2017 September 26, 2017 September 27, 2017 September 28, 2017 September 29, 2017 September 30, 2017

Upcoming Classes


Video Kitchen

This is our introductory class. It is a prerequisite to Main Course. Video Kitchen provides a creative place to explore and express your ideas visually.



for Screenwriters & Directors

This is your chance to move from one side of the camera to the other. and figure out what exactly you’re asking your actors to do!



Learn how to make a project “go!” in this wide-ranging intensive class, led by industry experts. Sign up for the whole class take individual modules.



Got a screenplay you’re itching to write? Develop your short or feature film script or one-hour teleplay in an intense but supportive workshop setting.


Main Course

This is our intermediate production class. Participants must have completed FAVA’s Video Kitchen course, or have proven equivalent experience.


The Camera Loves You

4 week film audition intensive with Chantal Perron.

Education Brochure

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Equipment List



All Workshops

FAVA also offers one-off workshops, and collaborates with other arts and culture organizations in workshops too. Check out the Calendar of upcoming workshops at FAVA and in the greater arts community.


FAVA Free For All Workshops

The FAVA Free For All is an ongoing series of one-off workshops that are FREE for our membership. Workshops are topical and range from beginner to professional levels. They could introduce you to new gear, best practices, aesthetics and techniques, or just about anything. Make sure to contact FAVA Programming and register for a FAVA Free For All, spaces are limited for each workshop.



Recent Programs Blog Postings

Personal Instruction

Access to Artists

Looking to learn how to use a specific piece of equipment or brush up your your skills in a certain area? If there isn’t a class or a workshop covering what you are interested in learning, FAVA members can contact our Director of Programming at, to set up one-on-one, member-to-member training through our Access to Artists program.


We Dare You

Super8 Challenge

Shoot some film! We dare you! Included in the cost of your registration you’ll get: a three-hour workshop on shooting super8; one roll of super8 film (one only! It’s a challenge!); a weekend rental of a super8 camera (or use your own if you have one); FAVA pays for shipping to the lab, film development, and transfer of all the films to a digital file. See your masterpiece for the very first time alongside the other challenge participants at FAVA’s summer BBQ. Crank up your nerve and come have some fun shooting film.



Artist in Residence

FAVA supports local, national, and international artists in the creation of new work, providing facilities, materials and financial support for an artist in residence. The Artist in Residence is then responsible for some of the following residency components:

  • Workshop for FAVA members
  • Artist Talk & Screening
  • Office Hours to meet with FAVA members
  • Production of Work
  • Exhibition

Grants & Awards

Grants & Awards

FAVA offers a variety of Grants, Awards and Scholarships to help you make your stuff. Check out some of the opportunities available to our membership and the greater arts community.




FAVA Endowment Fund

Let's reach $100 000

The Society established an endowment fund in 2012 and has contributed to it in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The fund is administered by the Edmonton Community Foundation. The purpose of the fund is to create an investment resource that will help sponsor artist training, production and distribution far into Alberta’s future.

Endowment Fund (Goal $100 000)


Increase in Donations (2012-2013)


FAVA Annual Reports

Annual Report 2013

Annual Report 2012

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The 5 Ws of FAVA. Also A Calendar, News, and shout outs to the Community.



The To Do List

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Get in Touch

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