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Film and TV Writing

  • Develops Skills for Film and TV Screenwriting
  • Provides Tips on Selling Your Work
  • Explores Job Opportunities in the Field

These courses provide you with the specialized skills needed to write a screenplay or a pilot for a film or television series. Through hands-on exercises you will gain an understanding of how the written word is translated to the screen, while becoming familiar with structure, characterization, dialogue, and scene-writing techniques. In addition, you will learn about the business aspects of the field—how to sell your writing and get your screenplay or script produced.

Learn more about the Certificate in Storytelling: Narrative Tools and Applications.

Adaptations for the Screen

Learn how to adapt novels and short stories into dynamic scripts for the screen, translating fictional prose into visual drama.

2019 Spring
1 section

Advanced Screenwriting

Develop new screenwriting material or revise a completed script, and discuss your work during private interview sessions with the instructor.

2018 Fall
+ 1 more semester
3 sections

Advanced Television Writing

The collaborative workshop encourages students with prior TV writing or screenwriting experience to write or rewrite a script for television.

2018 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Beginning Screenwriting

Learn the basic elements of dramatic writing with an emphasis on theme, dialogue, and characterization.

2018 Fall
+ 1 more semester
4 sections

Screenwriting: An Exercise-Based Approach

This complete course in screenwriting teaches you the tools of the trade and gets you writing from the first day.

2018 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Scriptwriting with the Greats

Each week, watch and discuss selections from acclaimed movie and TV writers, and then complete scriptwriting exercises inspired by what you saw.

2019 Spring
1 section

TV Spec Writing: The Sample Script to Start Your Career

Study TV scripts by award-winning writers, and then write a spec TV script of your own.

2018 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Writing a Screenplay in Eight Weeks

This intensive writing course takes you from story idea to first draft of a feature-length screenplay in eight weeks.

2018 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Writing and Developing a Series for Television

Learn all you need to fully develop and professionally present your idea for a continuing or limited series for cable, network, or the web.

2019 Spring
1 section

The Art of the Pitch: Film and TV

Create and hone your own three- to five-minute teaser pitch for a film or TV project, and learn how to sell yourself and your project.

2019 Spring
1 section

Writing and Directing the Short Film

Learn the fundamentals of screenwriting and preproduction by writing and preparing to direct a five-minute short film.

2018 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Writing Your TV Pilot

Learn tools specific to writing an original pilot, whether a network procedural, a quirky web series, or an edgy comedy for cable or streaming.

2018 Fall
1 section

Reaching for Representation: Agents, Managers, and Lawyers for Film and TV Writers

Learn how the services provided by managers, agents, and lawyers differ and how these keys figures can help to launch your film or TV writing career.

2018 Fall
1 section

Acting, Producing, and Directing for TV Writers

Gain insights into the world of television writing by experiencing how actors, producers, and directors work.

Character-Driven Film and TV Script Boot Camp

Learn the basics of dramatic writing for film and TV, with an emphasis on character-driven stories generally found in independent cinema and TV.

Film and Television Reviewing and Recapping

Learn how to write effective film and television reviews and how to market them.

Movie Writing "with" the Coen Brothers

Each week, watch and discuss a Coen brothers’ film, and then complete a screenwriting exercise inspired by what you saw.

Script to Screen: Oscar-Winning Screenplays

Explore the development process of award-winning screenplays, as they transform from script to screen to Oscar winner.

Script to Screen: Selections from The Black List

Read screenplays that have appeared on The Black List, an annual ranking of the best scripts that have not yet been made into feature films.

Summer Intensive in Television Writing

As an amateur or professional writer for television, take your writing project to the next level.

Writing the Half-Hour TV Comedy

If you are interested in writing for a comedy TV series, this course will take you from pitch to outline to completion of a half-hour spec script.