Screenwriting Summer Camp for Teens

Learn How to Write Your Own Screenplay

Offered in the entertainment hubs of New York City and Los Angeles, the New York Film Academy’s 4-Week Screenwriting Camp is designed to prepare the next generation of storytellers. Whether you’re interested in writing for film, television, or new media such as a web series, the screenwriting faculty at NYFA is comprised of award-winning professionals who are here to help you learn and grow as a writer and reach your personal goals.
This hands-on camp is structured for people with little or no experience in screenwriting. The course introduces students to the craft and tools of dramatic film writing. Students spend an average of 24 hours per week in class, and 8-16 hours per week in supervised writing labs. In some locations, students have the opportunity to write and shoot a group project. The final project can take the shape of a rough draft of a feature film, a draft of a shootable short, or an outline and treatment of a feature or TV project.

Students are required to do a significant amount of writing in the evenings and weekends to complete the ambitious goals of the course. All students learn an enormous amount in a short time. Teens students who complete the program are provided with ample knowledge and experience to decide whether to continue their creative studies in college and beyond.


To get a sense of what students will learn in the screenwriting camp, here is a sampling of the screenwriting courses they will take.

Story Generation

This is a first-week class in which students present a variety of film ideas and choose one to write for the rest of the course.

Writing Workshop

This is a student-driven class in which treatments, scenes, and outlines are evaluated and critiqued.

Elements of Screenwriting

This course introduces students to the craft of screenwriting; from screenplay format to dialogue, structure, and exposition.

Screenplay Analysis

This class looks at the intricacies of feature length screenwriting through the reading and screening of well-known films.

Film Craft

In this course students learn about the elements of the feature film, from directing to cinematography, production design, and editing.


This class teaches the theory and practice of the acting craft in order to give writers an understanding of how to make strong character choices.

Production Workshop

Students expand their understanding of the visual components of screen story by shooting their own short scene.

Open Writing

This is a recurring course that provides writing time during class hours for students to work on scripts and assignments.

Whether you are considering a potential career as a screenwriter, wish to improve as a writer, or obtain useful skills that will help you in school and beyond, the Film Academy’s Screenwriting Camp provides students with a unique experience they will never forget. Click here to apply!

Please note that curriculum, dates, and prices are open to change.


Tuition & Fees: $4,450

Room and Board is Additional
Housing: Click here for availabilities.

Start Dates for Available Locations:
• Los Angeles

Jan 2, 2017 – Jan 29, 2017
Jun 25, 2017 – Jul 22, 2017

• New York City

Jun 25, 2017 – Jul 22, 2017

Teen Camp Locations


All programs and workshops are solely owned and operated by the New York Film Academy and are not affiliated with Universal Studios, Harvard University, or Walt Disney World® Resort.
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