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The Tripp-Turner Workshops

Two weeks of programs, presentations, workshops, and seminars devoted to family entertainment in various media—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. Applicants specializing in children’s literature may also enroll for the first week’s sessions only. The second week’s sessions will emphasize family entertainment and screenwriting.

A two-day reading and family film festival (including a history of animation series) held in the theatre of Chavagnes International College concludes the residential portion of the program.

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 begin to assemble your ideas into a workable screenplay.

“A high-spirited picture book recommended for reading aloud.” – Booklist

The workshops also cover topics on marketing your book or screenplay to agents and producers. Follow-up mentoring is also available.

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 (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 TimesLos Angeles Times Travel MagazineFamily Fun MagazineDIG Magazine, Family Life Magazine, Mothers Today Magazineand 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 of The Girl’s Guide to Life (Scholastic).

General information:

Registration fees: For 2015, total fees for all workshops, discussions, film presentations and individual consultations is US$3950. Individual one-week sessions: $2110.00. 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 March 2015 will receive a 10 percent discount. Registrations made prior to 15 March 2015 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.

Fellowships: Those with manuscripts, screenplays or other projects demonstrating high promise may qualify for fellowships. Fellowships carry a stipend in the form of a tuition reduction and are awarded at the sole discretion of the workshop faculty and the seminars director. Brouzils Fellows are asked to lead a discussion of their work during the workshop session. Fellowship application deadline: 15 March 2012.

The Turner-Tripp Workshops 2014.
Enrollment is limited. Workshop classes may be combined. Closing date: 6 July 2014. 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.

·         29 July – 11 August 2014. [Filled as of 1 July 2014.]

Accommodation and transportation: Please visit the current information page.

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

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