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New York Film Academy Online Screenwriting

15-Week Online Screenplay Workshop

Screenwriting at New York Film Academy

15-Week Online Screenplay Workshop Overview

In this workshop, you will learn how to write for film!


  • Students will meet once per week for 3 hours (two 1.5-hour sessions with a 30-minute break).
  • This workshop has several possible class times. Students must commit to one of the following three schedule options:
    • Section 1 - Tuesdays at 10am Pacific Time/1pm Eastern Time
    • Section 2 - Tuesdays at 5pm Pacific Time/8pm Eastern Time
    • Section 3 - Wednesdays at 10am Pacific Time/1pm Eastern Time



In this 15-week class, students will bring a developed idea for a feature film — either one they submit with their application or one that they plotted and started writing in our 15-Week Screenplay Story & Structure Workshop. In the first few weeks of this screenplay workshop, students either break their idea into beats or revise their beats based on the class’ feedback. Over the remainder of our 15-Week Screenplay Workshop, online students complete their feature film screenplay. Students leave the workshop with a first draft of a feature film screenplay. Students will also learn how to give and receive feedback, an important skill set for screenplay development and for screenplay writing.

A live video class is held once a week via Zoom. If time restrictions prevent attendance for individual class sessions, students can catch up via recordings of the class and communicate with each other and the instructor digitally. However, please make sure these times work for you overall as missing too many session will diminish the effectiveness of the class.  In between sessions, students interact with the class digitally, with feedback provided by the instructor.

Video lessons will be made available for viewing through our course Portals. Written lessons and assignments are posted for critique and the class interacts on an electronic course Portal. Instructors are available electronically for support.

The class meets once per week for 3 hours (two 1.5-hour sessions with a 30-minute break). There are three different sections of the class, each with different time options. Students pick which section they register for, and stay with that section for the semester. The time options are listed above.

Additional video lessons are posted online and may be viewed according to a student’s personal schedule. Outside coursework will vary in time based on the student’s writing speed, but usually takes 1-4 hours per week.

Deliverables: Completed first draft of a feature screenplay


To enroll and hold a place in an online screenwriting course, a student must submit a $500 deposit, which is non-refundable and will be applied towards the tuition. Full payment is due no later than 30 days prior to the start of the course.

If a student cancels enrollment in an online screenwriting course, the following applies:
  • The $500 deposit is not refundable under any circumstances unless New York Film Academy cancels the course. Program fees (minus the deposit) are refundable until 30 days prior to the start of the program. No refunds are available after 30 days prior to the start of the course.
  • In order to cancel, an enrolled student must contact our admissions office in writing. Failure to cancel prior to the 30-day deadline will result in a bill for the full program fee.
In the event that New York Film Academy cancels a program, all enrolled students will be notified immediately and given a full refund of program fees.
TUITION: $ 2,000 (USD)
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