Toon Writing Workshop Slated for Ottawa

The Ottawa International Animation Festival and Canadian broadcaster TELETOON have joined forces to present an intensive animation writing workshop during the 2005 edition of the Ottawa fest (Sept. 21-25). Gemini award-winning writer Ian James Corlett (Studio B’s Being Ian and Yvon of the Yukon) will lead this first installment of TELETOON’S Masters Program.

Scriptwriting for Animation Series will give a group of writers the opportunity to work hands-on with Corlett for a full-day on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The workshop is open to scribes with a minimum of 3 years industry experience. Enrollment is free for OIAF and Television Animation Conference passholders and $75 CDN for non-passholders. The application deadline has been extended to 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29. For details about how to apply, go to www.awn.com/ottawa/OIAF05/prog_workshops_writing.

Corlett has worked as an animation voice talent ant writer for more than two decades. His work can be seen in such series as The Adventures of Paddington Bear, Rescue Heroes and the Emmy-nominated Rolie Polie Olie, for which he won the GEMINI award for Best Writing in a Children’s Series In 1999. He has worked as a series/staff writer for such clients as The Walt Disney Co., Nelvana, and FOX Kids, and his original animated series, Yvon of the Yukon, airs on Canada’s YTV network. Corlett has three original animated projects in development with U.S. and Canadian producers while he produces and story-edits Studio B’s Being Ian, another popular YTV offering.