Hollywood scribe to teach screenwriting classes at Western

CULLOWHEE – A Hollywood screenwriter whose credits include “Hill Street Blues,” “Diagnosis Murder” and “Stargate SG-1” will teach two screenwriting classes during the spring semester at Western Carolina University.

Terry Curtis Fox will be a visiting artist in Western’s department of English, teaching two screenwriting classes on a special schedule involving intensive work during four separate weeks spaced throughout the semester.

A member of the board of directors of the Writers Guild of America, Fox will teach “Introduction to Screenwriting” on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and “Advanced Screenwriting: Adapting the Short Story” on Mondays and Fridays from 1 until 4 p.m.

Fox will be on campus Jan. 10-14, Feb. 14-18, March 17-23 and April 18-22. Weeks between classes will be used for writing and reviewing the work of classmates.

Both classes will be limited to 15 people. There are no prerequisites for either class, but some creative writing experience would be helpful, said Elizabeth Addison, head of the English department.

The classes are part of a new motion picture studies concentration being developed at the university.

In addition to the classes, Fox will give a public screening and talk on Wednesday nights during the weeks he is on campus, focusing on movies or TV shows of interest from a writer’s point of view.

Fox’s visit is being arranged by Jack Sholder, a motion picture director, writer and editor who joined the faculty in September as professor of digital motion pictures and video, and producer/director in the studios of the Center for Applied Technology at Western. Director of “The Hidden,” “Nightmare on Elm Street 2,” “Renegades” and HBO’s “By Dawn’s Early Light,” Sholder won an Emmy Award for his editing work on “3-2-1 Contact.”

For information on the screenwriting classes, contact the English department at (828) 227-7264.