It’s about to start raining celluloid hereabouts, metaphorically speaking, with the return of the Red Bank International Film Festival next month. And for any movie fan with an itch to write, this can be a season of exquisite torment.


Who among movie lovers hasn’t walked out of a theater thinking they could have written something better? Or been so enriched by a great film that they wanted to try to write one herself?

OK, so maybe this isn’t a universal longing. But for those afflicted, here’s a chance to get in touch with your inner Charlie Kaufman or Nicole Holofcener.

As part of its New Professional Series at the Cool School, the Count Basie Theatre is hosting an eight-week workshop for aspiring screenwriters, from teens through adulthood.

The two-hour Friday night sessions cover all aspects of screenwriting , including screenplay structure, standard Hollywood formatting and creating characters. The business of pitching for producers is also included.

Peter Fox of Tripeg Studios in Hamden, Conn., will lead the workshop. A graduate of the American Film Institute and former story analyst at several Hollywood studios, Fox has taught screenwriting since 2000.

The workshop begins Sept. 29 and runs through Nov. 17. Classes are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $325. For more information, click here and then scroll down to the bottom of the page that opens.

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