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Introduction to Screenwriting


In Class


During this eight week course, students of any skill level will learn how to create a successful feature film screenplay. Students will learn screenwriting technique by exploring the habits of working screenwriters, tools of the trade, and learning invaluable tips and tricks capable of giving anyone the best chance at striking the perfect balance between finding their own unique voice as a screenwriter and the proper technical disciplines required by the film industry.

Much of the teaching points are presented in the form of “what to avoid” and “what not to do” instructional presentations and open discussion which gives each student a very pragmatic and often amusing understanding of the typical pitfalls that would result in a “bad” screenplay.

There will also be a balance of weekly practical workshops that require each student to create a complete screenplay concept, step-by-step, using templates and formulas employed by industry professionals.

If you love movies and you love to write or you’re a simply a novice that wants to learn how, take this course, and set yourself on the path to becoming the next Tarantino!

What You Will Learn

At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Use a structural template created in class to lay out a complete screenplay of their own creation in bullet point form
  • Develop complete character profiles of key cast, and detailed several key scenes with dialogue
  • Have a working understanding of what makes a great screenplay and how to best use the insights and basic building blocks employed by industry greats

What to Expect

This is an interactive course, which includes lectures, writing exercises, peer review, and discussion.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

There are no prerequisites required. Please come prepared to share your writing, opinions and perspectives with the class.


I found this course to be helpful in regards to all of my writing, not just screen writing.

Registration Options

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WRCR6212 - 005 Oct 13 - Dec 01, 2016 Available

Day Date Time Location
Thu   Oct 13 to Dec 01, 2016 7:00PM to 9:00PM Downtown Campus, Citi Plaza, 126

Recommended Materials: Pen(s) and pencil(s), Highlighter(s). 3-ring Binder with 8-10 dividers and one 100 card package index cards.

Completion Requirements
To complete this course, active participation is required and participants must miss no more than two classes.

Jordan Morris

Course Fee $205.00 ?

Potential Discount(s): Citi Plaza , Pillar , Amway , Great West Life , Goodlife Members