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Screenwriting School at the New York Film Academy

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Screenwriting School

Whether it be a film, television episode, or webisode, the script is the heart and backbone of a production as it provides the emotional core and narrative structure that can transform a good production into a great one. After all, you can make a bad movie with a good screenplay, but you can’t make a good movie with a bad screenplay.

At the screenwriting school at New York Film Academy, our one-of-a-kind curriculum and world-class faculty ensure that students receive an intensive, hands-on education in the theory and practice of screenwriting, becoming well-rounded and versatile writers in the process. From day one, students find themselves behind the keyboard, learning how to develop their ideas into a properly structured shooting script. In addition, students have the unique opportunity to work with fellow screenwriting, filmmaking, and acting students in developing and bringing a script to life in a finished film, providing each student with extensive experience in going through each step of the filmmaking process as it relates to screenwriting. Finally, students learn the art of pitching their screenplays to help ensure that they are prepared to realize their professional goals once they complete the Academy’s screenwriting school.

Screenwriting Courses

Depending on the screenwriting course a student enrolls in at the screenwriting school, aspiring screenwriters will take the following courses depending on which program or workshop they take.

Dialogue Character Arcs Heroes Classic Screenplay Structure
Theme Conflict and Flashbacks WGA Format – Style and Tone
Genre Screenplay Analysis Elements of Screenwriting
Voice Over Acting for Writers The Business of Screenwriting
Subtext Treatment Writing Screenwriting Workshop
Visualization Revision Class Special One-Week Seminar in Digital Filmmaking
Dramaturgy Pitching Class TV Writing: Sitcoms and One-Hour Dramas
Cinema Studies

Online Screenwriting Courses

In addition to the courses offered at the Academy’s NYC campus, aspiring screenwriters are also able to pursue their screenwriting education online through an online screenwriting course.

Screenwriting Classes

Prospective students have the option to enroll at the screenwriting school at the New York Film Academy throughout the year. To learn more about the start dates and tuition rates for a screenwriting class, please click here.

Screenwriting Degrees

Designed for students wishing to continue their education started at our NYC campus and receive a degree, students at the screenwriting school can apply to have their credits transferred for advanced standing at one of the following degree programs offered at our LA campus.

Screenwriting Workshops

For students looking to do a fast-paced, full-immersion screenwriting workshop at the New York Film Academy, they are advised to enroll in one of our short-term screenwriting workshops.

Screenwriting Programs

In order to accommodate aspiring screenwriters looking to make a longer time commitment, students should look into our one-year screenwriting program.

Screenwriting Faculty

In addition to the fantastic facilities and exposure to all facets of the filmmaking process, students at the screenwriting school at the New York Film Academy study under a prestigious faculty of professional screenwriters and filmmakers. Each faculty member comes from a distinct and distinguished background and is committed to helping students better understand how their writing translates to an actual film production. Students enrolling at the screenwriting school can expect to study under the following faculty members.
NYFA screenwriting school chair Melanie Williams Oram Melanie Williams Oram: The chair of the screenwriting school in NYC, Williams Oram is a winner of the Peabody Award for the HBO documentary Dare to Compete and an Emmy Award for the HBO series Real Sports. She has also worked as a producer on four short films including A Glance Away, A-Alike, The Birthday Girl, and Lifted and directed the short film Shook.

NYFA screenwriting school LA chair Jim Jennewein Jim Jennewein: Having worked in Hollywood as a screenwriter and novelist for over twenty years, Jennewein has penned such major motion pictures as Richie Rich, Getting Even with Dad, The Flinstones, Major League II, and Stay Tuned. He is also the co-author of the RuneWarriors trilogy of novels that were published by HarperCollins.

NYFA screenwriting school faculty member Randall Dottin Randall Dottin: An award-winning writer, director, and producer, Dottin is a winner of the Student Academy Awards gold medal for his film A-Alike, which he wrote and directed. He also earned recognition from the Director’s Guild of America, which honored him as the Best African-American Student Filmmaker for A-Alike, which went on to air on HBO. He has also penned and directed the short film Lifted and produced the upcoming documentary Finding the Prospers.

Screenwriting Alumni

Over the past twenty years, the screenwriting school at the New York Film Academy has graduated countless students who have gone to find great success in their screenwriting careers. Click here to see some of the accomplishments our screenwriting alumni have achieved.

Career Opportunities

After graduating from the New York Film Academy’s screenwriting school in NYC, students have numerous career paths to pursue in realizing their career goals, which are listed below. Furthermore, we’ve highlighted some of the notable organizations where our screenwriting alumni are currently working.

Feature Film Screenwriter Television Screenwriter Television Showrunner
Story Supervisor Video Game Screenwriter Playwright
Comedy Screenwriter Web Series Screenwriter Copy Writer

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Contact Us

If you wish to learn more about the New York Film Academy’s screenwriting school in NYC, please give us a call at +1 (212) 674-4430 and click on the links below to request additional information or download a brochure and application.



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