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.
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.
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.
TIMES AND BREAKDOWN BY WEEK
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
PROGRAM AND SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS
This course requires the following software and equipment:
- Laptop or desktop computer
- Smartphone with a camera
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.