Colin Browne is a co-founder of Simon Fraser University’s Praxis Centre for Screenwriters and the Art of Documentary workshops.

Documentary film script workshop coming to Nelson

"...getting it right at the early stages will pay off,” says Browne.

Having a great idea for a documentary film is one thing; figuring out what comes next can be the challenge. A documentary film script development workshop in Nelson with Vancouver filmmaker and teacher Colin Browne on Saturday, May 30 is an opportunity to find that next step and ramp up the skills necessary to move from concept to successful documentary film.

Browne is a co-founder of Simon Fraser University’s Praxis Centre for Screenwriters and the Art of Documentary workshops. He taught filmmaking at SFU’s school for the cContemporary arts and sits on the board of directors of the Vancouver International Film Festival. His documentary films include White Lake, Father and Son, and Linton Garner: I Never Said Good-bye.

The workshop runs 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Oxygen Art Centre in Nelson, at 320 Vernon St. (alley entrance). Cost is $75. Registration is available through Nelson’s Elephant Mountain Literary Festival website, Limited enrolment means that early registration is highly encouraged.

“Whether you intend to shoot the film independently on a low budget, or whether you plan to write a proposal that will win the support of international funders and broadcasters, getting it right at the early stages will pay off,” says Browne.

A Governor General’s Literary Award-nominated poet, Browne will also launch his latest book of poems, The Hatch (Talonbooks 2015), on Friday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Oxygen Art Centre. Opening for Browne at the launch will be 2015 Elephant Mountain Literary Festival writer-in-residence and 2011-13 Canadian Parliamentary poet laureate Fred Wah.

Browne’s workshop and reading are sponsored by Oxygen Art Centre and Elephant Mountain Literary Festival.

Elephant Mountain Literary Festival runs July 10 to 12 in Nelson, showcasing local and visiting writers in a 100-mile Gala, All-Star Author Reading, panel discussions and more. This year’s special guests are Bob Bossin, Marina Endicott, and Kate Pullinger. Full information about all course offerings and festival events can be found at


Caption: Colin Browne will lead a workshop to help aspiring documentarians in Nelson on May 30.

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