Nijla Mu’min is an award-winning writer and filmmaker whose short films have screened at festivals across the country. Her screenwriting and filmmaking have been recognized by the Sundance Institute, IFP, and BET, and her short film Dream was recently acquired by Issa Rae Productions (Insecure, HBO). She is in post-production on her first feature film, Jinn, starring Zoe Renee and Simone Missick (Luke Cage, Netflix).
We are all storytellers, capable of connecting to writing and cinema through our own personal histories and experiences. I am here to guide your exploration of story for the screen. I believe screenwriting and storytelling are forms of communication, bridging people across divides and providing a platform for connection. In my course, we will spend ample time in the story development phase, discovering characters, conflicts, plots, locations, and dialogue, and how they combine to create distinct long-form narrative scripts, which vary from other forms of writing. We will explore what it means to tell a personal story that is also universal in its themes and emotional resonance. One of my early writing teachers told me that “to write is to take risks.” We cannot make safe dramatic choices and expect conflict to result from them. We will test ourselves and our characters, and in doing so, we will craft story.