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Beginning Screenwriting

Learn the basic elements of screenwriting for movies and TV via lectures, script readings, discussions, and in-class writing exercises. All the fundamentals of visual storytelling are covered in depth, including character, plot, theme, dialogue, genre, and format. Assignments familiarize you with dramatic conflict, scene structure, subtext, and subplots as you advance from idea to outline to scripted pages. By the end of the course, you will have an outline and about 30 pages of script. Registering at least three weeks prior to the course start date is highly recommended.
This course may be used to fulfill the requirements of the Certificate in Writing and Producing for Film and Television. It may be taken to pursue the certificate, or as a standalone course. Certificate students who have already taken Writing for the Screen: An Exercise-Based Approach may apply that course as a substitution for Beginning Screenwriting.
Questions? Contact us at The Center for Publishing and Applied Liberal Arts: Email sps.pala.ce@nyu.edu or call 212-998-7289.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An overview of the basics of screenwriting
  • Familiarity with the proper formatting and conventions of screenwriting
  • An outline for an original film or TV show and 30 pages of script

Ideal for

  • Students new to screenwriting
  • Students with a love for film and an interest in the business
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.

    • Section

    • Semester

      Spring 2024
    • Date

      Feb 22 - Apr 25
    • Day

    • Time

      • Online
    • Format

      • Online
    • Sessions

    • Faculty

      Greiff, Jason
    • Location

      Instructor Led
    Tuition $1099