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The Turner-Tripp Family Entertainment Workshops of the Brouzils Seminars

Two weeks of programs, presentations, workshops, and seminars devoted to family entertainment—books, film, teleplays, and web-based projects.

The Turner-Tripp Workshops are intended for serious participants who wish to conceive, perfect, launch or complete books, screenplays, teleplays, or other projects intended for children and their parents.

The program: Workshops in writing, screenplay writing, and other genres meet separately, then combine to discuss broader issues, problems and strategies. The work of participants is carefully examined in the largest possible context, but the specific technical and other problems inherent in different forms is given focus in smaller seminar discussions as well. A three-day reading and family film festival held in the theatre of Chavagnes International College concludes the residential portion of the program, although those who wish to stay for the ten-day Great Books Conversation (August 13-23) at Chavagnes will be accommodated. (And a discount applies to those attending both events.)

Participants in the residential program are also eligible for continuing mentorships, insuring the completion of individual projects launched during the workshops.

If your specialty is children’s literature and writing for the juvenile market, you'll learn how to generate story ideas, how to create memorable characters, the tricks to developing a compelling plot, marketing strategies for the beginning writer, and technical and other creative elements useful for advanced and published authors.

If you are writing screenplays and teleplays, you’ll find the Turner-Tripp Workshops very helpful. What makes a screenplay pop out from the pack? This intensive workshop will help you take your idea from pitch to polish. Topics covered include the art of the pitch, developing your “beat” outline, visual writing, and creating character through action. You’ll study the literature of film, and through in-class discussion and private meetings with faculty, you’ll assemble your ideas into a workable screenplay.

The workshops also cover topics on marketing your book or screenplay to agents and producers. 

The Faculty:

Jenny Tripp was recently nominated for the Sequoyah Book Award for Children's Literature. She’s the author of Pete and Fremont and Pete's Disappearing Act (Harcourt), and Fais Do-Do, a children's picture book, forthcoming from Harper-Collins. She is a Lifetime Member of the Writer's Guild of America and has written for most of the major studios in a variety of genres, from feature animation, to live action, to movies for television, including Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Swan Lake, The Prince and the Pauper, The Trouble with Angels and others. She’s a contributor to the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Travel Magazine, Family Fun Magazine, DIG Magazine, Family Life Magazine, Mothers Today Magazine and others. Her “Santa’s Homepage” (1995-1997) on AOL was one of the platform’s most popular features. She also wrote the spin-off television special, produced by Brandon Tartikoff and based on the AOL site.

Her friend and colleague is veteran Brouzils faculty member Priscilla Turner, a former executive story editor at Columbia Pictures and the author of television scripts for Miami Vice, the Cosby Mysteries and other network programs. In addition to her film and television work, she is the author of several children’s books, including The War Between the Vowels and the Consonants and Among the Odds and Evens: A Tale of Adventure (both Farrar, Straus and Giroux), and the co-author (with her sister, Susan Pohlman) of The Girl’s Guide to Life (Scholastic).

General information:

Registration fees: For 2010, total fees for all workshops, discussions, film presentations and individual consultations is US$2950. Accommodation and partial board is included, but transportation is not. A non-refundable deposit of US$400 is required to hold a place.

Discount schedule: Registrations made prior to 1 February 2010 will receive a 10 percent discount. Registrations made prior to 1 March 2010 will receive a five percent discount. All fees must be paid in full 30 days before the commencement of the Workshop sessions. European participants will be provided with Sterling or euro equivalents.

Accommodation: Participants are provided shared rooms with breakfast and lunch included Monday through Friday. (Breakfast only on weekends.) Some participants may be accommodated in Chavagnes. Three local chateaux also provide single- and double-rooms, but a surcharge applies. The Workshops begin with an evening supper and introductions and conclude with a farewell soirée.

Transportation: The workshops are conducted in Les Brouzils and Chavagnes-en-Paillers, about 30 minutes south of Nantes. The closest major airport is Nantes (NTE). TGV trains connect Paris and Nantes (travel time: approximately two hours). Car rental is available. Ground transportation to and from Nantes will be provided free to arriving and departing participants. A limited number of bicycles are available to participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Local cell phones can be arranged; fees vary. Wireless internet is available in both Les Brouzils and Chavagnes.

The Turner-Tripp Workshops.

Enrollment is limited. Workshop classes may be combined. Closing date: 30 June 2010. Registrations accepted after that date will be subject to a 25 percent penalty. To register, simply send a note of intent to

Acceptance is not automatic. Please supply a writing sample or an outline of your project as part of the registration process.

Seminars and calendar.

·         30 July 2010 to 13 August 2010.

·         Dates are tentative. Final dates will be published prior to 1 March 2010.

Sessions meets daily, except weekends.  Subject to change or cancellation without notice. Deposits returned in the event of cancellation or non-acceptance. 


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