New York Film Academy
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New York Film Academy Screenwriting

Hands-on Intensive 12-Week Evening Screenwriting Workshop

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Hands-on Intensive 12-Week Evening Screenwriting Workshop


The New York Film Academy has distilled the essential elements from the world's best screen writing programs to create a 12 week evening screenwriting workshop.

It is designed for individuals with little or no screenwriting experience who are ready, willing, and able to work and learn within a fast-paced, high pressure, focused environment. The Twelve-Week Evening course meets Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, three evenings a week from 7:00 – 9:30pm in New York City and 7:15 – 9:45pm in Los Angeles. Students will need to budget additional daily and weekend hours to write. In addition, some classes may held on Saturdays.

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After many years of being taken for granted, screenwriters are now recognized as being as important as directors are in making films. It has become a cliché that "you can make a bad movie with a good screenplay, but you can't make a good movie without a good screenplay." However, all the hype about screenplays selling for over a million dollars has led many people to imagine it as a quick and easy way to become rich and famous. Of course, the opposite is true.

Hard work, great passion, unwavering determination and commitment are as essential to successful screenwriting as they are to any other creative endeavor. The New York Film Academy will provide the teaching, the student must provide the passion and, hopefully, the talent.

With strict adherence to the rituals of writing and learning, students will have the opportunity to develop a feature length screenplay of 90 - 120 pages. The extent to which each student takes his or her work will depend entirely on his or her own dedication and pace. The goal is to finish the course with a first draft of an original screenplay.


Students do not need to have any screenwriting experience to sign up for this course. However, they must come to the first day of class with an idea for their screenplay. This idea will serve as a starting point for subsequent work in the program.


The Academy stresses fundamental writing concepts and techniques. Topics covered during the course will include:
  • Classic Screenplay Structure
  • Character Arcs
  • Heroes
  • Dialogue
  • Theme
  • Conflict
  • Flashbacks
  • Genre
  • Voice Over
  • WGA Format - Style and Tone
  • Subtext
  • Visualization
  • Dramaturgy - Cinematic Syntax


Although not required, the Academy recommends that students have access to a PC or Apple computer.

Dates & Tuition


Tuition: $4,343 (USD)

Location & Available Dates

For New York City:
Jan 9, 2023 - Apr 1, 2023
Mar 6, 2023 - May 27, 2023
Jun 5, 2023 - Aug 26, 2023
Sep 11, 2023 - Dec 2, 2023

For Los Angeles:
Jan 9, 2023 - Apr 1, 2023
May 8, 2023 - Jul 28, 2023
Sep 11, 2023 - Dec 2, 2023

Please note: Dates and Tuition are subject to change
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