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Online Screenwriting Courses at the New York Film Academy

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Online Screenwriting Courses at the New York Film Academy

Learn Feature Writing, Television Writing, or Comic Book Writing with NYFA

If the purpose of film is to tell stories, then the screenwriter is the one who breathes initial life into the characters, worlds, and dramas unfolding on screen. It isn’t easy work, but with the power of the internet it is the kind of work that can be done from anywhere. The New York Film Academy recognizes the diverse needs, schedules, and goals of our aspiring screenwriters. We know that like all art forms, screenwriting is a learned craft. That is why we developed our Online Screenwriting School, to allow students to undergo a transformative process as they learn first-hand from prolific industry professionals — online — in their own timeframe. With a flexible curricula of seven 15-week online screenwriting courses/workshops, our online screenwriting students can truly customize their creative journeys and receive vital, strategic support and guidance as they learn the craft of screenwriting, all online.

Whether our online screenwriting students are interested in feature-length film scripts, television, or comic book writing, each of the Online Screenwriting School’s 15-week workshops is structured to deliver intensely focused and challenging lessons to help students improve their arsenal of skills and develop projects of which they can be proud. Combining NYFA’s philosophy of learning by doing with the convenience of technology and choice, our online screenwriting workshops offer unprecedented flexibility for passionate students to significantly improve their understanding of the craft.

Our online screenwriting courses can be taken sequentially to follow the natural arc of project development, or taken a la carte to fulfill the exact needs of each student’s current goals. Advanced workshops will require that students meet application requirements and begin class with projects already underway.

No matter the circumstances or location, students can take their writing to the next level — and there is always a next level — with the New York Film Academy’s intensive online screenwriting workshops.


These workshops are held completely online and were developed by the same faculty that created the rigorous curriculum that is used in our long-term screenwriting programs. Rather than gathering in a traditional classroom, students and instructors interact electronically, resulting in increased access for students by allowing them to control the time and place of their participation.

Weekly classes are held through message board and video downloads, with feedback provided by the instructor between sessions. A live Skype option may be available depending on the timezone of the student.

Video lessons will be made available for download or stream. Written lessons and assignments are posted for critique and the class interacts on an electronic course shell. Instructors are available electronically for support.

Our online screenwriting workshops allow students to work independently and in groups, no matter where or when their schedules allow. When students log on to our online school programs, they can:
  • Check their email.
  • Complete coursework through electronic forums.
  • Interact with their instructors and fellow students through electronic forums when and where they choose.
  • Communicate online with classmates, instructors, and academic counselors.
  • Complete 100 percent of their educational and administrative activities online.

Screenwriting is the foundation on which filmmaking is built. A writer is a craftsman who must train by doing — writing every day possible. This is why NYFA requires weekly deadlines for assignments and screenplay pages.

Over the course of 15 weeks, students will be required to screen video lectures, read any written lessons and/or assigned reading material (provided), and turn in written assignments. Each online course will have different readings, viewings and assignments.

Online Screenwriting Workshops Offered

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