Project Write, in partnership with Shenandoah University’s Department of Media and Communications, hosted its second annual Young Screenwriters’ Conference in October. The daylong online event featured Richmond, Virginia-based graphic comic artist Dash Shaw, who wrote and directed the animated film “My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea,” which was shown by another of the conference’s co-sponsors, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester, Virginia. Winchester comic shop Four Color Fantasies was a co-sponsor of the conference, which also received support from the Marion Park Lewis Foundation.
Shaw led a writing workshop at the conference. Shenandoah Associate Professor of Media & Communication Kelley Crowley, Ph.D.; Director of The Film Studio at Shenandoah Paul DiFranco; and Director-In-Residence Blayne Weaver led breakout sessions as well.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of English Rhonda Lancaster, M.A., president of Project Write and an English teacher at James Wood High School in Winchester, organized and led the event. Project Write is the young writers’ program under the Shenandoah Valley Writing Project umbrella.