Lakewood Theatre Company at Lakewood Center for the Arts will begin its fall term of classes for visual and performing arts next week.

Two classes of particular note are Inside Out: Visual Storytelling for Teens and Writing Movies: A Beginner’s Guide. Instructors are film and graphic industry veterans Mark Fearing and Randall Jahnson.

Inside Out: Visual Storytelling for Teens focuses on the core skills necessary to make entertaining stories for visual media.

Young artists, writers and directors will learn about character development and depiction, narrative structure and how to create drama using dynamic images as they adapt a class story into a script and storyboard. Drawing skills are not necessary but imagination is.

This six-week session begins Sept. 20 and is designed for those ages 13 to 18. The cost is $150. The class meets Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Lakewood Center.

Writing Movies: A Beginner’s Guide focuses on the basics of writing a dynamic and entertaining script.

Topics include formatting, story conception and structure, character development and the essence of drama: conflict and its resolution. Students will apply their skills to two short assignments. Screenwriting software is recommended.

The class is geared for ages 12 to 18 and will meet Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $150.

Other classes offered this term include:

* Kids Create — Adventures through the Waterfall for ages 4 to 7

* Grimm Tales TV/Film Acting for ages 8 through 12

* TV Film Acting for ages 10 to 16

*Magic for Everyone for all ages

Adult classes include:

* College and Adult — Master Your Self Creativity

* Acting for Non-Actors: the Comedy Class

* How to Tell Your Story

* Backyard Birds

* Introduction to Nature Photography

Register by phone at 503-635-3901.

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