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Screenwriting and Filmmaking Camps

The Department of Film Studies at The University of Tulsa offers residential screenwriting and filmmaking camps for high school students. They will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the art and craft of screenwriting and filmmaking for one exciting week each. The camps may be taken separately or together. Please read the 2018 Camp FAQs for more details.

Screenwriting Camp

July 8-14, 2018 – Screenwriting Camp Application
The Screenwriting Camp with Professor Michael Wright provides an intensive exploration of the craft of screenwriting along with stimulating group activities and film screenings. Students will create their own short screenplays that will be read for family and friends in a script festival on the last day.

Filmmaking Camp

July 14-21, 2018 Filmmaking Camp Application
The Filmmaking Camp with videographer Erin McHenry provides students with the opportunity to fully plunge into every aspect of creating short films, along with evening screenings and exciting group activities. The camp will culminate in a film festival of the students’ work, screened for family and friends. Cameron Buckley (BA ’14) will serve as an additional instructor.

Residential Camps

Days are spent in a workshop setting, with planned evening activities arranged for recreation and further exploration of film. Participants must stay on campus in a supervised residence hall during the camp; rooms are shared (males and females are housed on separate floors). Each camp has a full-time, qualified student assistant staying with the students in the residence.

Camp Costs

  • Early-Bird Rate: $750 for screenwriting, $825 for filmmaking, or $1475 for both, before  May 15
  • Regular Rate: $800 for screenwriting, $875 for filmmaking, or $1575 for both, May 16-June 15
  • Late Rate: $850 for screenwriting, $925 for filmmaking, or $1675 for both, June 16-26
  • Commuters: $650 for screenwriting, $693 for filmmaking
  • A $300 ($600 for students taking both classes) nonrefundable deposit will be required following acceptance into the camps.

About the Faculty


Michael Wright is an Applied Professor of Creative Writing, Theatre and Film at The University of Tulsa where he teaches playwriting, screenwriting and related courses. Recipient of the Milan Stitt Award for Outstanding Contribution to American Theatre from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., he is the founder of the Fictional Characters writers collective and active in Tulsa with performance work. Wright has conducted courses and workshops around the world, including Australia, Singapore, Hungary, Poland and Sweden. His books include Playwriting in Process and Playwriting Master Class, and most recently Sensory Writing for Stage and Screen. Wright writes and publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and performance writing frequently. He is a member of the board of directors for the Circle Cinema in Tulsa, with memberships in the Tulsa Artists’ Coalition Gallery and Living Arts of Tulsa.


Erin McHenry graduated with honors from the film program at the University of Oklahoma. While in school, she won a scholarship and filmmaking award from producer/director Ned Hockman for a short documentary covering the Tulsa Race Riots. She continued her education and obtained certification as a secondary education instructor for journalism. McHenry has worked in a wide range of fields within the film medium, from being a videographer for a television pilot starring X-Games gold medalist Travis Pastrana, to doing audio for live news casts for KJRH, to editing films and projects with professional software such as Final Cut Pro. Her most recent endeavors include pioneering a production company by the name of SevenTummy, making branded content and web shows, along with freelance videography and editing. She currently works as director of multimedia for a manufacturing company.

Cameron Buckley is an artist and educator currently residing in Memphis, TN. He attended The University of Tulsa and received his undergrad degree in Film Studies cum laude. He recently completed his MFA in Digital Art from Indiana University, and he now teaches art and design at Arkansas State University. His video and sculpture work has been exhibited internationally, and he is a founder and curator at, a virtual art archive and exhibition space. He has co-taught The University of Tulsa Film and Screenwriting Residential Camps for the past 6 years.

For more information, please contact Wright at or 918-631-3174.