Inclusivity and Your Storytelling

July 8, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Thursdays | 6-8:30 p.m.  | Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

This workshop explores approaches for creating and depicting authentic diverse characters in film and TV. Through a lively mix of lecture, peer and instructor feedback, and interactive breakout rooms, you’ll learn how to enrich and level up your visual storytelling through an inclusive lens. Topics include research techniques; avoiding harmful tropes in your storytelling, dimensional character portrayals in historical, contemporary, and futuristic settings; Asians in Hollywood; and, decolonizing Hollywood. Homework will be assigned so prepare to spend approximately 4 hours on your project.

Instructors: Ashwini Prasad, Randall Jahnson

Ashwini Prasad, The Inclusive Screenwriter, leads with equity and justice as her pillars in her work as an anti-racist consultant, screenwriter and podcast host. Her pillars were rooted in college which is now over 20 years of experience in anti-racism, anti-oppression, and social justice work with two Master’s degrees in these focus areas. Find out more about Ashwini at

Randall Jahnson has been a professional screenwriter for 34 years. His credits include the punk rock western Dudes, The Doors, The Mask of Zorro, Sunset Strip, the Norwegian indie, Dryads – Girls Don’t Cry, and episodes of the classic HBO series, Tales from the Crypt. He also wrote the epic Western video game, Gun, which was voted Best Story at the 2005 IGN Video Game Awards. Most recently, he’s penned two episodes of a forthcoming science-fiction horror series for Amazon Latinoamerica and completed a graphic novel, The Feed, for Sabotage Industries. He has also adapted for series, You Know Your Way Home, a memoir by psychic Suzanne Jauchius. Way back in the 1980s Jahnson directed music videos for Henry Rollins, Black Flag, Stan Ridgway, and the legendary Minutemen.

Dates: Thursday, July 8, 6pm – 8:30pm |  Saturday, July 10, 10am – 12:30pm | Thursday, July 15, 6pm – 8pm | Saturday, July 17,  10am – 1pm
Ages: 18 years +
Tuition: $250

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The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.