It's a new year, which means now is the best time to reflect on the past and remember the work and accomplishments that got us to this point.

In other words, it's awards season.

The glitz and glam of Hollywood will be on full display at the red carpet but no movie ever reaches an adoring audience without the foundation of a solid script.

Ever wonder what it takes to write stories that go from the page to the screen? If so, then you won't want to miss the upcoming Worthington Libraries program, "The Art of Screenwriting."

Screenwriter and director Angus Fletcher will discuss the craft of writing screenplays for film. This beginner's workshop will cover plot structure, characters and formatting a script; it is based on a class Fletcher will release on Amazon Prime later this month.

Fletcher, who also is an Ohio State University professor in the English department and film-studies program, is the award-winning screenwriter of "Middle Earth," "Wee Free Men," which is based on the novel by Terry Pratchett, and "Variable Man," which is based on Philip K. Dick's novella.

"The Art of Screenwriting" is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 20 at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St. Although it is free, registration is required online at or by calling 614-807-2626.

This session will be informative and constructive for writers looking to improve their craft for the film industry.

Who knows? Perhaps you'll produce a screenplay worthy of Oscar gold. Just be sure to mention Worthington Libraries when you're on the red carpet and make sure Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty aren't the ones handing you the trophy.

The session is part of the library's "Mark My Words" quarterly writers series, during which experienced writers share their expertise. The spring workshop will be held March 31, when author Tim Waggoner will share tips for fiction writers.

Coleman Mahler is an adult-services librarian for Worthington Libraries.