Screenwriting 101: The Basics and Beyond

Whether you're new to screenwriting or have already written a couple of scripts, this informative 3-hour class will give you the tools you need to take the first real steps towards achieving your screenwriting goals.

You will be introduced to the many topics listed below, learn about resources and tools to add to your screenwriting toolbox, and find out what you need to succeed in the industry.

In the first half we'll explore the foundations of the craft:

  • What is a screenplay?
  • Formatting
  • Structure - from slug lines and transitions to flashbacks and intercuts
  • Story - more than just beginning, middle, and end
  • Character
  • Dialogue*
  • Genre
  • Money - setting expectations
  • Screenwriting vs. Television Writing
  • The film and television industry

*Dialogue is a massive topic and entire courses are offered to cover it alone. We'll cover a lot of ground but this is not a master class on dialogue.

By the end of this class you'll have a solid understanding of screenwriting and be well on your way to taking the first (or next!) few steps towards getting that first writing job.

In the next class, Screenwriting 201, we'll discuss how to take a finished screenplay, send it out into the world, and land that first writing job.

Anyone attending both Screenwriting 101 and 201 classes, the price is $30 (you save $10).

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  • Kayt

    Lots of good tips and reference information.

    September 18, 2012

  • Sandra

    Excellent and very thorough!

    September 16, 2012

  • Nick P.

    So sorry I didn't make it, got called into work at the last minute.

    September 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very impressed ! I learned a great deal in a very short period of time.

    September 15, 2012

  • Jo T.

    Lots of information (as usual...), great handouts, encouragement, yet participants were given a realistic evaluation of opportunities and challenges. All in all - very inspiring : )

    September 15, 2012

  • Mark B.

    Sorry Rene, last minute crap to deal with. Next time... hopefully.
    Mark

    September 15, 2012

  • Douglas B.

    Greetings fellow screenwriters, will be unable to attend as I am shooting a parody of a Republican attack add on ObamaCare. I am writing, acting, and producing the film. I recommend everyone try to produce a film at least once. Your perspective changes the minute you start cutting cheques to cast and crew.

    Have a great class see you in 201.

    Doug Berry

    September 9, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Would love to have a link to your video when it's completed. Have an American friend who is EXTREMELY against Obama. I’m guessing she has NO IDEA who Mitt Romney is or how he acquired a lot of his money. Poor naïve women !!

      September 9, 2012

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