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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. This course may be used to fulfill the requirements of the Certificate in Television and Screenwriting.

This course is delivered in an online format:

  • For sections that indicate “Instructor Led” under “Location,” teaching and learning occur in real time (synchronous) using chat and video conferencing to create an interactive virtual classroom.
  • For sections that indicate “Self-Paced” under “Location,” there are no required real-time meetings. The instructor interacts with students and facilitates group discussions within NYU’s online learning platform (asynchronous). There are weekly deadlines for lesson and assignment completion.

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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

2 sections

  • Summer 2021

    • Section

      001
    • Semester

      Summer 2021
    • Date

      Jun 3 - Jul 29
    • Day

      Thursday
    • Time

      6:30PM-9:50PM
      • Online
    • Format

      Online
      • Online
    • Sessions

      9
    • Faculty

      Greiff, Jason
    • Location

      Instructor Led
  • Summer 2021

    • Section

      002
    • Semester

      Summer 2021
    • Date

      Jun 21 - Aug 16
    • Day

      Self-Paced
    • Time

      Self-Paced
      • Online
    • Format

      Online
      • Online
    • Sessions

      N/A
    • Faculty

      Greiff, Jason
    • Location

      Self-Paced
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    • Section

      3
    • Semester

      Spring 2021
    • Date

      Feb 4 - Apr 8
    • Day

      Thursday
    • Time

      6:30PM-8:50PM
      • Online
    • Format

      Online
      • Online
    • Sessions

      10
    • Faculty

      Greiff, Jason
    • Location

      Instructor Led
    Tuition $749
    • Section

      4
    • Semester

      Spring 2021
    • Date

      Mar 8 - May 10
    • Day

      Self-Paced
    • Time

      Self-Paced
      • Online
    • Format

      Online
      • Online
    • Sessions

      N/A
    • Faculty

      Greiff, Jason
    • Location

      Self-Paced
    Tuition $749