The workshop is being organized by the actor"s Raajkamal Films International in association with IIT Chennai.
To attend the workshop, almost 1500 applicants applied for the basic course in screen writing and out of which 250 - those who are near to make their debut have been selected.
At the inaugural session, Idichandy, Director in charge of IIT Madras, said: "I have never seen such a huge turnout of the media, which clearly illustrates the hold and power of the stars and cinema.."
The workshop is dedicated to Kamal Hassan"s mentor and close friend Ananthu, and an image of his was unveiled by Idichandy.
Kamal in his speech said, "Screenwriting is a sort of tight rope walking. I have had great teachers like KB, Balu Mahendra and even younger persons like Mani Ratnam, teaching me a lot about screen writing and how to apply it properly. I am still learning like you... It is our dream to conduct such programmes regularly... Let us see what happens in future..."
The inaugural session was attended by renowned names in Indian screen writing like Anjum Rajabali, Atul Tiwari and K.Hariharan.