Students in San Antonio spend spring break learning from Hollywood writers, producers

‘Screenwriters Spring Break’ program gives students unique opportunity

SAN ANTONIO – Some University of Texas at San Antonio students and others are getting a unique opportunity this spring break to learn from Hollywood writers and producers.

The university brought the professionals to San Antonio to teach students at the “Screenwriters Spring Break” program.

“At this program we have students from UTSA. We have students from the Alamo Colleges, Northwest Vista. We have students from a number of high schools,” said Paul Ardoin, Associate Professor of Humanities at UTSA.

San Antonio native Raymond Arturo Perez and Jorge Ramirez-Martinez worked on “Selena: The Series” and are part of the two-day event.

“Over the two days we have been breaking a story as if we were in a mini writers room but boot camp style,” Perez said.

“It’s just very rewarding. The students are just so excited to learn the tricks and trades of the screenwriting world being in the writers room. I’m just blown away by their creative crazy ideas,” Ramirez-Martinez said.

UTSA student Emily Flores is participating in the program and has a passion for writing.

“It’s an amazing opportunity. Definitely. It’s such a tricky thing writing scripts, kind of getting into that profession. But definitely being here and talking to these amazing people and learning a little bit more of it, has definitely been a little bit more encouraging,” Flores said.

The writers have a message for students who are interested in this industry.

“Find your fellow creatives in San Antonio and start collaborating,” Arturo Perez said.

“Dream big. There’s no limits to your dreams. The only limits are the ones you create in your own mind,” Ramirez-Martinez said.

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