Sign Up to Get Help Writing a Great Story for “A Place Called Sacramento”

Access Sacramento is pleased to offer a special short-form film screenwriting class starting March 11 and running four Saturday’s in support of the 18th annual “A Place Called Sacramento” Film Festival.

“A Place Called Sacramento” Screenwriting Instructor Dawn Spinella

The class can help beginning writers learn how to put a successful beginning, middle and end into a 10-minute film, and will help more experienced writers with the complexities of helping an audience “care” for characters when there’s so little time overall.

Screenwriter and UCLA-trained instructor Dawn Spinella delivers a course that focuses on the scriptwriting process from concept to FADE OUT.

Get tips and insights from Sacramento native Dawn Spinella has worked with amazing filmmakers like Dustin Lance Black (MILK), Bobby Moresco (CRASH), Paula Wagner (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE), and Wolfgang Petersen (THE PERFECT STORM).

She helps you take into consideration the many aspects of screenwriting that aren’t on the page, but help make your story as powerful as possible.Dawn holds a MFA in filmmaking from UCLA and a MA in Creative Writing. “There’s nothing as exciting as taking the germ of an idea and bringing it to life.”

Script submissions for the 18th annual  “A Place Called Sacramento” script competition may be submitted on-line at or turned in at the office at 4623 T Street, Suite A, Sacramento by 5:00 p.m. April 11.

Dawn Spinella

The “A Place Called Sacramento” script writing competition over the last 17 years has produced 167 films featuring Sacramento stories and providing insight into the nature of our lives with the background of iconic area landmarks.

This class is open to the general public and runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on four consecutive Saturdays beginning March 11 and concluding April 4. Advance sign up is required. The class fee is $50.  Membership in Access Sacramento is not required.
For more information about the competition or to enter a script, visit or call the main office at 916-456-8600 ext. 0