Author, screenwriter and instructor Katherine Montagu will lead a screenwriting workshop at this year’s Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival. (File photo)

Workshop offers nuts and bolts of writing for screen

Screenwriter, instructor Kat Montagu to speak at Shuswap writers’ festival

“B.C. has a fantastic, thriving film industry and they are hiring Canadian screenwriters; it’s very exciting.”

That just in from Kat Montagu, who will lead a screenwriting workshop at the 2019 Shuswap Writers’ Festival in May.

Montagu is a writer, producer, script analyst, story editor and teacher in Vancouver. She also writes film, television and historical fiction.

An award-winning screenwriting instructor for many years, Montagu teaches at Vancouver Film School, LaSalle College and Emily Carr University. She has a bachelor of fine arts and a Masters of fine arts in creative writing from UBC. Her scripts have won a Praxis Centre for Screenwriters Fellowship, provincial development funding and a BC Film Feature Screenwriting Internship and she was a semi-finalist for Page International for a TV pilot.

Born in the UK, the younger Montagu never dreamt her life would lead to the film industry or teaching.

She came to Canada to study writing, determined she would become a novelist. But school offered another choice.

Read more: Award-winning author to host workshop on resolving writer’s block and pacing

Read more: Writer unveils some mysteries about Murdoch

“They make you try every genre and I loved screenwriting from that moment on.”

While in university, people kept giving screenplays to Montagu, who was working as a waitress to make her way through school.

“I like a job that takes me out in to the world,” she says, pointing out that a number of years ago, an actress friend asked her to fill in teaching a session at Vancouver Film School while she attended an audition. “I loved it, the students responded, she asked me again and then the school asked me to teach a course. I just fell into it.”

That Montagu is where she is meant to be, is perhaps best described by her students, who offer rave reviews online: “The most worthwhile classes of my entire experience. Kat is passionate about her line of work as well as helping her students. She expects a lot, but it makes you work harder…; “…She gives you her absolute best and expects the same in return. If I could go back to VFS, I am 100 percent sure I would take all her courses again.

An accomplished author, Montagu enjoys the collaborative nature of film.

“With a novel, you have to fill in all blanks,” she says, noting that when you write a film, you have a costume designer and set designer. “Your focus is really on the characters, what they say and do. It’s wonderful to have that narrow window of responsibility.”

Her most recent feature film story editing credit is Level 16 by writer-director Danishka Esterhazy. The sci-fi film is in theatres now.

A fan of festivals, Montagu is looking forward to sharing her passion at the Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival.

“Festivals are a good catalyst for creativity,” she says, noting her workshop will provide the “nuts and bolts” of screenwriting and show those with a perhaps latent talent that they can actually make a living doing it. “It’s about how can I take my creativity and pour it into making a living.”

Montagu, who grew up in a small town in Suffolk, England, describes taking her workshops to smaller towns where people don’t have the opportunity to meet screenwriters as giving back to the kid she once was.

Read more: Coffee, books and writers

Read more: Fest a feast for writers, readers in the Shuswap

“To whoever might think I wonder if that’s for me, I’m coming. I am coming to them,” she laughs.

The Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival, a festival for readers and writers, takes place at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort and Okanagan College from May 10 to 12.

Sessions will include both skill development workshops and open forums with authors based on questions and answers in a friendly and intimate setting. The Friday night Café Lit offers the opportunity to hear world-class presenters read from their work and is open to the public. After an exciting days of workshops, a Saturday night gala is a time to celebrate. Go to https://wordonthelakewritersfestival.com for detailed information about the festival and to register.


@SalmonArm
newsroom@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Just Posted

In photos: Magician entertains in downtown Salmon Arm

Children of Salmon Arm were treated to the wonders of magician Leif… Continue reading

Salmon Arm councillors examine dangerous bike routes

A tour of problem areas was conducted in downtown Salmon Arm

Survey: Salmon Arm houses cheaper to buy than many towns in B.C.

Only places with lower average price per square foot in study were northern communities

Salmon Arm campus of Okanagan College to raise Secwepemcúl̓ecw flag

College to recognize campus sits on traditional and unceded territory

Ogopogo and Shuswaggi aren’t the only lake monsters to have legendary status

While both have legend status in the Okanagan-Shuswap regions there are said to be more

VIDEO: Grizzly bears fight along northern B.C. highway in rare footage

Cari McGillivray posted the head-turning video, shot near Stewart, B.C., to social media

Caught on Camera: Boat catches fire at Okanagan marina

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, no injuries were reported as a result of the blaze

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Shuswap elementary enrolment numbers two times higher than projections

Estimates show increases mainly between four schools

Police arrest B.C. phone scammer linked to illegal call centres in India

Person arrested in Burnaby here on a work visa, says police

Air Canada forced girl, 12, to remove hijab: civil rights group

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calling for change

Man from Winnipeg who was hiking alone found dead in Banff National Park

RCMP say the man was hiking alone on Mount Temple Thursday

Okanagan hosts Mexico for soccer

The Okanagan Masters League won both matches against their Mexican counterparts

Most Read