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New York Film Academy Screenwriting

Hands-on Intensive 8-Week Screenwriting Workshop

Closeup of NYFA screenwriting students hands on keyboard, over a screenplay and a film slate. New York Film Academy screenwriting student's hand making notes on their script during class discussion. NYFA screenwriting graduate Angela Ruhinda is featured for selling her thesis to ABC.

Hands-on Intensive 8-Week Screenwriting Workshop


The New York Film Academy has distilled the essential elements from the world's best screenwriting programs to create a super-intensive 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 intensive Eight-Week daytime course meets Monday through Friday for classes and writing labs. Students must budget additional daily and weekend hours to write.

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After many years of being taken for granted, screenwriters are now recognized as being as important as directors 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 provides the teaching, the student must provide the passion and the talent.

With strict adherence to the rituals of writing and learning, students have the opportunity to develop a feature length screenplay of 90-120 pages. The extent to which each student takes his or her work depends 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 any previous 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 serves as a starting point for subsequent work in the program.


The Academy stresses fun-damental 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: $3,899 (USD) +
Equipment Fee: $ent & Technology Fee: $20 (USD)

Location & Available Dates

For New York City:
Jan 9, 2023 - Mar 4, 2023
Feb 27, 2023 - Apr 22, 2023
Jul 3, 2023 - Aug 26, 2023
Sep 11, 2023 - Nov 4, 2023

For Los Angeles:
Jan 9, 2023 - Mar 4, 2023
Jun 12, 2023 - Aug 5, 2023
Sep 5, 2023 - Oct 28, 2023

For Gold Coast Australia:

Please note: Dates and Tuition are subject to change
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