Hollywood scribe to teach screenwriting classes at Western

CULLOWHEE – In sort of the higher education equivalent of the sequel to a big Hollywood blockbuster, a screenwriter whose credits include “Hill Street Blues,” “Diagnosis Murder” and “Stargate SG-1” returns for a second semester to teach screenwriting classes at Western Carolina University.

Terry Curtis Fox, who taught last spring as visiting artist in Western’s department of English, has joined the faculty and will be teaching two screenwriting classes on a special schedule involving intensive work during four separate blocks of time spaced throughout the fall semester.

“Terry is still working on a couple of Hollywood projects, so he will be traveling back and forth to Cullowhee during the coming year,” said Elizabeth Addison, head of the English department.

A member of the board of directors of the Writers Guild of America, Fox will teach “Introduction to Screenwriting” (English 310) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 until 8 p.m., and “Screenwriting II” (English 493) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 until 8 p.m. Fox will be on campus Aug. 29-Sept. 23, Oct. 17-21, Nov. 14-18 and Dec. 5-9. Weeks between classes will be used for writing and reviewing the work of classmates.

Both classes will be limited to 15 people. Students who have no screenwriting experience should register for English 310, Addison said. The classes are part of a new motion picture studies concentration being developed at the university.

Fox was introduced to Western by Jack Sholder, a motion picture director, writer and editor who joined the faculty last fall 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.