A little bit about me...
AVERY O WILLIAMS graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Morehouse College and earned a Master of Fine Arts from New York University’s film school, Tisch School of the Arts.
He co-wrote the feature film Directing Eddie (Valerie Perrine, Jade Barrymore) voted Best Comedy, 2001 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival.
He also wrote and co-produced the film short The Willie Witch Projects (distr. by Trimark Pictures) in the compilation The Bogus Witch Project.
Avery garnered top screenwriting awards and co-producing credit for the award-winning Notes In A Minor Key (Keith David, Harry Lennix) hailed by the New York Times as "...crisp, assured... tightly constructed and well-acted." In addition, he’s penned screenplays for Damon Dash, Nia Long, Master P, Erika Alexander, T.I., Heavy D, Nephew Tommy and more.
Print & Theater
In print, Avery's work is included in the book Monologues for Men By Men.
For the theater, Avery co-produced Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues directed by Penny Marshall (2005) and Penny Johnson Jerald (2006).
He wrote the books for musicals TLC (A Tribute to Tracy Coley), The Chocolate Factory, Pino and Everything Changes, each directed by Denise Dowse and executive produced by Wendy Raquel Robinson. For the national stage, Avery wrote and produced A Mother's Prayer and What A Woman Will Do For Love starring Raven Symone, Cherrelle, Ann Nesby, Howard Hewett and Lashun Pace.
Avery also produced Tom Coles' Medal of Honor Rag, starring Heavy D, directed by Delroy Lindo and executive produced by Will Smith.
In 2013, Avery co-wrote, edited and directed a “Fight For Hope,” a short film for the Georgia Lottery Commission and the Bronze Lens Film Festival. That film won 1st Prize.
Directed and wrote the film shorts, Two Roads (Official Selection for BronzeLens Film Fest) and ReConnect for Nevada Partners & Studio 11 Films.
Co-Directed with LisaRaye McCoy the feature film, Skinned, which premiered on TVOne in January 2015 and was nominated for an AMA
Presently, Avery continues to write and direct while serving as a Professor of Cinema, Television and Emerging Media Studies (CTEMS) at Morehouse College.
"Writing to the End"
Have you ever thought about writing a movie but weren’t sure how to get started? Or perhaps you’ve picked up a how-to book and started a screenplay but never could seem to get to “the end.”
Avery O Williams’ WRITING TO THE END, screenplay workshop series stands upon the belief that by mastering key screenwriting fundamentals, developing a solid writing plan, and employing effective scriptwriting tools you can finally complete the screenplay you’ve envisioned writing.
WRITING TO THE END teaches you the principles essential to the art and craft of screenwriting and story design, and proves the essence of good story is unchanging and universal. Whether it’s a short film, feature film or television script, everything hangs on the structure of classic story design.
The Short Screenplay Approach
WRITING TO THE END features an exploration of screenwriting, discussions about your screenplay idea, exercises and steps to get you writing, as well as screenings from various films. The purpose of this course is to expand, enlarge and broaden your knowledge, comprehension, and technique of the art and craft of screenwriting by actually conceiving and crafting a short screenplay in six weeks.
A short screenplay (less than 30 pages) employs the same fundamentals, structure and elements of a full-length screenplay. With this approach, writers can develop an idea into a short screenplay in as little as six weeks and should they wish to develop it, or another idea, into a feature length script, they will have the tools and knowledge to do that! Because the class is limited one to ten writers, you will experience personalized interactive training each step of the way — from “fade in” to… “the end.”
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