Summer camps for 2021 are currently being planned for both in-person and online options. However, due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, NYFA will be unable to offer housing for in-person teen camps. Families will need to secure their own housing for campers and provide any necessary off-campus supervision, if traveling to a NYFA teen summer camp from another city, state or country. All after-school and weekend camps will be conducted online, until further notice. To view all camps and workshops offered, please click here.

Online Summer Camps:
Screenwriting for Teens

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Application and payment deadline is at 4:00 p.m. EST the Thursday before the start of the program. Individuals who apply and/or pay past the deadline may be admitted on a case by case basis but may also experience a delay in receiving the necessary information to join the first class.

Camp Durations

  • 3-Week
  • 4-Week

Camp Schedules

  • Classes are scheduled daily, Monday-Friday.
  • Students meet 4-hours per day at 11:30 am – 1:30 pm ET and 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET

Requirements

  • Students will need screenwriting software – Final Draft (industry standard) or Celtx (free).
  • Students will need access to streaming service for films that will be watched between class sessions

 

These online Writing Camps are designed to teach creative young students about some of the many different forms they can write as a screenwriter, from feature films to short films, to television.  Every day, students will have classes that focus on story and ideas, or classes that build specific skills, like plotting, story structure, and writing dialogue.  Virtual workshops will build the feeling of a collaborative creative space, matching what a professional writer would find in a television writer’s room or a development meeting for a film.  The camps will include group activities designed to spark creativity and story ideas and build connections between students.  Students will leave camp with an assortment of ideas, a short film script, and a skillset to continue writing into the future.

 

3-Week Teen Screenwriting Camp – Online

  • Tuition: $1,900 (USD)
  • Camp Hours: 30 sessions, total 60 hours
  • Campers will leave the program with:
    • Feature film treatment
    • Short script (7-10 pages/minutes)

Class Descriptions

Elements of Screenwriting – A lecture and screening-based class where students learn the basics of writing for film and television. Practice scenes will be written and workshopped, but the class will focus on lectures and discussion of films (watched between classes) and scenes (screened in class).

Screenwriting Workshop – Building off the lessons of Elements, this class is a workshop in which students will develop an idea for a short film, and then write a draft of the screenplay.

Story Generation – A workshop focused on how to find ideas. The first two weeks will have writing exercises designed to show students how to find ideas in the world around them, and will include work done on a virtual field trip – a tour of a museum (possibly the Louvre, which is doing virtual tours). The second half will have them take one of the ideas they develop and develop a short treatment for the feature film version of that story.

Comedy Writing – A once a week class, with exercises and lessons on the writing of comedy, and the skills involved in putting humor into your stories.

 

4-Week Teen Screenwriting Camp – Online

  • Tuition: $2,550 (USD)
  • Camp Hours: 40 sessions, total 80 hours
  • Campers will leave the program with:
    • Feature film treatment
    • Short script (7-10 pages/minutes)
    • Outline of spec script for existing TV show

Class Descriptions

Elements of Screenwriting – These classes will comprise a lecture and screening, where students learn the basics of writing for film and television.  Practice scenes will be written and workshopped, with a focus on lectures and discussion of films (watched between classes) and scenes (screened in class).

Screenwriting Workshop – Building off the lessons of Elements, this class is a workshop in which students will develop an idea for a short film, and then write a draft of the screenplay.

Story Generation – Story Generation is a class that will focus on how to find ideas for story creation.  The first two weeks will have writing exercises designed to show students how to find ideas in the world around them, and will include work done on a virtual field trip – a tour of a museum.  The last two weeks, we will have students take one of the ideas they develop and create a short treatment for the feature film version of that story.

Television Writer’s Room – a workshop where the students come together to form the “writing staff” of an existing TV show, mapping out their version of the next season.  Each student will get to write the outline for their episode of the show, a blueprint to write a spec script.

Comedy Writing – A once a week class, with exercises and lessons on the writing of comedy, and the skills involved in putting humor into your stories.

CAMP INFORMATION

4-Week Teen Online ScreenwritingDates:

Program has commenced. Please check back for future dates.


3-Week Teen Online Screenwriting Dates:

Program has commenced. Please check back for future dates.

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