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July 8, 2021 – July 17, 2021

Thursdays | 6-8:30 p.m. | Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Instructor: Ashwini Prasad, Randall Jahnson

Location: Online

This workshop explores approaches for creating and depicting authentic diverse characters in film and TV. Through a lively mix of lecture, peer and instructor feedback, and interactive breakout rooms, you’ll learn how to enrich and level up your visual storytelling through an inclusive lens. Topics include research techniques; avoiding harmful tropes in your storytelling, dimensional character portrayals in historical, contemporary, and futuristic settings; Asians in Hollywood; and, decolonizing Hollywood. Homework will be assigned so prepare to spend approximately 4 hours on your project.

Dates: Thursday, July 8, 6pm – 8:30pm |  Saturday, July 10, 10am – 12:30pm | Thursday, July 15, 6pm – 8pm | Saturday, July 17,  10am – 1pm
Tuition: $250
Ages: 18 years +
Instructors: Ashwini Prasad, Randall Jahnson

Ashwini Prasad, The Inclusive Screenwriter, leads with equity and justice as her pillars in her work as an anti-racist consultant, screenwriter and podcast host. Her pillars were rooted in college which is now over 20 years of experience in anti-racism, anti-oppression and social justice work with two Master’s degrees in these focus areas.

As the daughter of Fijian immigrants, Ashwini tells stories about people straddling two worlds and dealing with overwhelming obstacles. She finds inspiration in inclusive storytelling and believes in creating fictional worlds that represent the one she lives in. Ashwini’s screenplays focus on bringing people who are erased/marginalized onto our screens.

Her recent book, “How To Write Inclusively: An Analysis & How To Guide,” provides how tos on writing inclusively that is available for purchase on Amazon OverDrive, and Nook. Her podcast, “Inclusive Storytelling,” is available on Apple and Spotify. The vodcast is on YouTube. She also co-teaches inclusive storytelling workshops as well as masterclasses.

Find out more about Ashwini at

Randall Jahnson has been a professional screenwriter for 36 years. He’s written scripts for such filmmaking talent as Penelope Spheeris, Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, and the late Jonathan Demme. His credits include the punk rock Western Dudes, The Doors, The Mask of Zorro, Sunset Strip, the Norwegian indie, Dryads – Girls Don’t Cry, and episodes of the classic HBO series, Tales from the Crypt. Most recently, he’s penned two episodes of Narcos vs. Zombies, an Amazon Studios Spanish-language sci-fi-horror series streaming this Halloween. He lives in the Portland, Oregon area where he continues to write and teach online.


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