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Screenwriting: An Exercise-Based Approach


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Are you new to screenwriting or experienced but stuck? When it’s time to write, do you suddenly notice the dirty dishes or those unanswered emails? This complete course in screenwriting teaches you the tools of the trade and gets you writing from the first day. You’ll work on fun, carefully designed exercises, in class and at home, for which you will receive instructor feedback. Exercises include individual “free-writes” and collaborative work with other students. Each is preceded by a lecture on a specific element of the craft. You’ll learn how to develop compelling premises, write scenes with meaningful conflict, use subtext to improve dialogue, create fascinating characters, structure stories for maximum impact, and more. Designed for writers at all levels—beginning to advanced—and for film, TV, or any type of visual storytelling. This course may be used to fulfill the requirements of the Certificate in Storytelling: Narrative Tools and Applications and the Certificate in Television and Screenwriting.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of the fundamentals of screenwriting
  • Instructor critiques of your writing

Ideal for

  • Writers of all levels
  • The curious and creative
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.
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    • Section

      1
    • Semester

      Spring 2021
    • Date

      Feb 28 - May 2
    • Day

      Sunday
    • Time

      1:00PM-3:55PM
      • Online
    • Format

      Online
      • Online
    • Sessions

      8
    • Location

      Instructor Led
    Tuition $749