Screenwriter's Workshop

This award winning, one-of-a-kind program fosters early vocational writing endeavors of 4th through 8th grade students. The Screenwriter’s Workshop provides an environment for dozens of writers to complete their first screenplay (and often their second, third and fourth too).

Students learn the conventions of film industry-standard screenwriting by critically viewing select movies and reading produced scripts. With the engine of their rich imaginations, writers are able to produce an original five-minute narrative screenplay.

  • For grades 4 - 8
  • Instructor: Tom Hutchinson
  • Dates: March 19 - May 22, 2022
  • Day/time: Saturdays 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Meriden Arts Center 14-16 West Main St
  • Full Member Fee: $109
  • Program Member Fee: $139

Tom Hutchinson's Bio

Experienced writer, Hollywood past:

  • “Perfect Match” ESPN
  • “The Year in Sports” Weller Productions/syndicated
  • “My Generation” VH1
  • “Animals Are People Too” Bogorad/Wyler Productions
  • “Ed Sullivan’s Rock and Roll Classics” Andrew Solt Productions/VH1
  • “The Hoop Life” Levinson/Fontana Company, Paramount/Showtime


  • “Birdbath” Jay Thomas Enterprises
  • “The Toastmaster” Joe Cacaci Productions
  • “Except After C” Empera Productions
  • “The Party Guy” Eric Krebs Productions/ Rewrite assignment


  • “Vegas Vows” Kevin Meaney one-man-show, Aspen Comedy Festival, Hasty Pudding Theater/Contemporary Entertainment


  • “Boulevard of Dreams”  Viacom
  • “Rocky Times” White Dog Productions/NBC
  • “Whacked Out” Paramount
  • “Sunset Springs” White Dog Productions/NBC
  • “Jack and Patty Show” White Dog Productions/NBC

Member: Writers Guild of America
Emerson College, Boston.

How to register for programs: 

1. If you already have an up to date membership - You can register online, by phone at 203.235.6386 or in person at the Meriden YMCA at 110 West Main Street.

2. If you do not have a membership yet or need to update your membership - Register in person at the Meriden YMCA at 110 West Main Street. 

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