Award-Winning Screenwriters Share Their Expertise

Posted: February 24, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Colleen Kearney Rich

Screenwriters William Peter Blatty and Gregory Allen Howard are coming to campus this week and next to participate in question-and-answer sessions with George Mason’s screenwriting students. The university community is invited to attend.

Blatty, who won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and a Golden Globe in 1973 for the film adaptation of his best-selling novel, The Exorcist, will be on campus Thursday, Feb. 26, at 12:30 p.m. He has also written screenplays for the movies Gunn, The Great Train Robbery, and The Ninth Configuration, for which he also won a Golden Globe in 1980.

On Thursday, March 4, at 1:30 p.m., Howard, who is best known for crafting the original screenplay for Remember the Titans, will speak with students. Howard started out writing for television shows such as 21 Jump Street, True Colors, and Where I Live. Remember the Titans was recognized with an NAACP Image Award for Best Picture and earned Howard a Christopher Award, given to those whose work celebrates humanity in a positive way. He was also the original screenwriter on the film Ali.

Both question-and-answer sessions take place in TheaterSpace in the Performing Arts Building, Room A105. The events are sponsored by the THR 490 Advanced Screenplay class and the Department of Theater. For more information, call 703-993-1120.

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