Topics in Creative Writing: Screenwriting


Have you ever wondered how your favorite movie or TV show gets made? It all starts with a screenplay! In this course, students will learn the ins and outs of telling a story on the big screen. By developing an original idea and workshopping it with fellow enthusiastic writers, students will leave with a 5-10 page script just waiting to be filmed.

This course is not currently accepting new students.
Topics in Creative Writing: Screenwriting

About this Course

This course is not currently accepting new students.

Class 1

  • Students will learn the similarities and differences between fictional prose writing and screenwriting. During this intro, students will also become familiar with conventional screenplay formatting and style.
  • Students will create a 1 page scene in conventional screenplay format and style.

Class 2

  • Students will learn how to create a character by identifying the character’s want (objective) and need (emotional development/realization).
  • Students will create the start of the logline for their final project short film and complete a character portrait worksheet for their protagonist and antagonist.

Class 3

  • Students will learn the “formula” for creating a suspenseful, character driven story. Using the plot arc as a base of knowledge, students will learn to separate their story into three “Acts” and identify the Inciting Incident and Midpoint.
  • Students will create collections of scenes from their homework into Exposition, Inciting Incident, Rising Action, Midpoint, Climax, Falling Action, Resolution and ACTS.

Class 4

  • Students will learn how to participate in a “workshop” style of sharing a screenplay. Students will learn how to give respectful, constructive feedback and how to identify when an author is or isn’t “Showing, Not Telling.”
  • Students will create thoughtful criticism for their classmates which they will then use to revise their first drafts.

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