Why A Writer’s Intentions Really Matter by Matthew Kalil

Film Courage: How has teaching made you a better writer?

Matthew Kalil, Screenwriter/Author/Instructor: Being conscious of what I’m doing, that has been really interesting because before I was a teacher and I’d learned some of the writing techniques and was doing writing, when I had to express that to a student or a learner or something and I had to say this is what I do or this is how it’s done suddenly I had to consciously stop and think about…Wait a minute? What do I do? How do I do this thing that I do? That has made me sort of a conscious writer. And that has led me to some really interesting places which I do talk about in the book. But it’s also just generally being more conscious about what I’m doing on all levels because when you have to express that to a student, you have to kind of think through what you’re doing and that has been really great.

I think it’s also sometimes I get people giving guest lectures and they’re really great writers but they can’t explain what they’re doing. They just go I don’t know? I just do it. And also when I’ve…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

Bio: Matthew Kalil is a writer, director and script editor. He has written and co-written over 40 produced episodes of TV and has received various grants, development funding and awards. Matthew’s productions have been screened and broadcast in Canada, Denmark, Morocco, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Kenya, South Africa, Thailand, the United States and the United Kingdom. Since receiving his MA in Screenwriting, he has been teaching, writing and mentoring students for close to 20 years. Matthew has developed a unique system of screenwriting theory that helps beginners as well as established screenwriters get in touch with their creative cores. His workshops have touched and inspired thousands of participants. His gentle and insightful script editing guidance has helped many writers realize the stories they were always trying to tell.

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