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We developed the CMA WORKSHOP PROGRAM to give our members an opportunity to learn from and interact with industry experts. The WORKSHOPS will focus on kids and family media industry skills in order to create new opportunities and support the advancement of our member’s careers … or, in some cases, provide some creative inspiration!

Looking to take the next steps on that big idea? CMA’s Writer’s Workshop: Introduction to Screenwriting offers you a space to create, expert guidance, and a community to support you and hold you accountable. Over the course of 4 sessions led by Morgan Dameron you will generate cinematic story ideas, learn basic story structure and screenplay format, and discover essential tools in the craft of screenwriting for character development, dialogue, and theme. You will be empowered to turn your big idea into a treatment for a screenplay.

INSTRUCTOR: Morgan Dameron is an award-winning writer, director, producer based in LA. Her debut feature film, Different Flowers, starring Emmy-Award-Winner Shelley Long, won Best Feature Film at the Kansas City Film Festival International, was acquired by Showtime, and is now streaming worldwide. She has developed feature projects with Paul Feig’s Powderkeg, Olive Bridge Entertainment, and Very Big World Entertainment. Recently, she was named a “Rising Director,” by the Alliance of Women Directors. She is an alumni of Ryan Murphy’s HALF Initiative, and a recipient of a prestigious Producer’s Caucus grant. She is a professor of producing and screenwriting at New York Film Academy. Dameron holds a BA in Film and Television Production from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she received a Trustee Scholarship and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She is represented by Lit Entertainment Group.

The WRITER’S WORKSHOP: INTRODUCTION TO SCREENWRITING consists of FOUR two-hour LIVE sessions where attendees dive deep into specific screenwriting best practices. Lectures offer insight and instruction on the topic, followed by guided working sessions where attendees put the theories into practice. In between workshops, attendees will have access to the virtual classroom with assignments to be shared for instructor feedback. At the completion of the workshop, attendees will have a deeper knowledge of screenwriting, a network of fellow writers and a completed outline for your next big project! 

Session 1: Tuesday October 4th

Story Generation – what makes a good cinematic story?

Session 2: Tuesday October 18th

Three Act Film Structure – understanding the beginning, middle and end

Session 3: Tuesday November 1st

The Who and Where – Character Development, World, and Theme

Session 4: Tuesday November 15th

What’s Next – Writing practices, screenplay format, and keeping your creativity going


8pm ET – 10pm ET

5pm PT – 7:00 PT


$100 for members*

$150 Non-Member

*Members receive priority placement into Workshops.

Q: Are CMA Workshops for everyone?

A: Yes! CMA Workshops are for everyone. They will be virtual and accessible by anyone, no matter where they live. Members receive a special discount. 

Q: How much do CMA Workshops cost?

A: Because of the multi-session, curriculum-heavy aspects of CMA Workshops, this premium benefit will have a cost. Fees will vary depending on the number of sessions and other considerations. The fee for Writer’s Workshop: Introduction to Screenwriting is $100 for members and $150 for non-members. 

Q: Can CMA members sign up for a single session?

A: No. What makes CMA Workshops different from regular CMA events is that they are multi-session and cumulative, with a curriculum and goals that continue over the course of the Workshop.

Q: Can I get a refund? 

A. Unfortunately due to the limited availability in our Workshop we are not able to offer refunds once you sign up for the Workshop.