4-Week Online Screenwriting – Story & Structure Workshop

Learn Screenwriting From Anywhere

The 4-Week intensive Online Screenwriting story and structure program will provide students with the essential building blocks of story – structure, character, dialog, and industry-standard formatting. Through immersion students learn to develop a character, build story themes, and become familiar with essential screenwriting language. Students will be guided by our industry experts and learn key foundational screenwriting concepts and tools to effectively develop their stories. 

Workshop DescriptionWorkshop Name: 4-Week Online Screenwriting – Story & Structure Workshop

The Online Screenplay, Story and Structure workshop consists of immersive in-class writing exercises, individual writing, reading aloud of student work in class, and workshop discussions. Students will apply their knowledge from the Elements of Screenwriting course to the creation of their own treatment for a feature-length screenplay. 

Topics covered in this course include but are not limited to: Building viable concepts for feature films, Character Arcs, Constructing theme, How to process notes, Developing the Character, Antagonists, Dialogue, Writing the Visual Image, Introduction to Final Draft, Theme, Conflict, Flashbacks, Fantasy Sequences and Dream Sequences.

To learn more about NYFA’s screenwriting workshops, see NYFA’s Course Catalog or request more information.

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Class Details

Elements of Screenwriting
This class provides the basics of narrative structure, screenplay formatting, and plotting and developing your feature screenplay idea. It also teaches specific skills like dialogue, subtext, exposition, elements of a scene, character arcs, and theme. Students will write practice scenes and discuss storytelling and the basic and in-depth tools of feature screenwriting.

Feature Workshop
This class is a workshop, for developing story ideas and turning them into feature screenplay ideas. Students will bring in multiple ideas, and workshop them with classmates under the guidance of their instructor until they pick an idea to plot as a feature screenplay. Then they will plot that idea in detail, figuring out the broad structure before focusing in on the plotting details and eventually generating a treatment and a beat sheet for a ready-to-write feature screenplay.

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All classes for this workshop are scheduled Monday – Friday from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, EST and then from 2:30pm – 4:30pm EST.

*Exact weekdays are subject to change due to holidays.  

Total Course Hours = 80



This course requires the following software and equipment:

  • Laptop or desktop computer
  • Smartphone with a camera


New York Film Academy graduate Meshal Al Jaser  

Meshal Al Jaser

Writer | Actor | Director

Elon Joi Washington  

Elon Joi Washington

Writer | Production Manager

David Barbeschi  

David Barbeschi

Producer | Writer

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Please note: Equipment, curriculum, and projects are subject to change and may vary depending on location. Students should consult the most recently published campus catalog for the most up-to-date curriculum.