1-Week Teen Screenwriting Camp in Rome

Write a Short Film Screenplay at NYFA

In this intensive one-week hands on camp, students will bring a developed idea for a short film. This program is a combination of theory and practical experience, as students study the core elements of screenwriting while working in supervised writing labs. Students leave the workshop with a first draft of a short film screenplay.

The camp is held at the prestigious LUISS University in the Middle of the Villa Ada park, central Rome, and taught by internationally produced playwright, screenwriter and novelist Colette Freedman. All courses are taught in English.

Program Description

Camp Name: 1-Week Screenwriting Camp for Teens

The screenwriting camp classes will be a combination of a lecture, and film examples every morning and a writing lab every afternoon – with one on one time with your instructor.

Here is the structure of the week-long camp:

  • Day One- Structure. The importance of a three-act structure and the various approaches to structure.
  • Day Two- Characters. The basis for any strong story is a set of strong dynamic characters – how do you find them, and how do you breathe life into them.
  • Day Three – Dialogue. Film is a visual medium. How to create subtext and authentic dialogue.
  • Day Four – World-building. How to build the universe where your characters live from indie films to big blockbusters.
  • Day Five – The business. How to make it in Hollywood. Where to find the stories for your voice. How to
    break into the industry. How to physically make the short film you just wrote.

Ideally before the class, students should watch the following seven films as they will be used as examples in the core elements of filmmaking.

Ratatouille (2007)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Tootsie (1982)
The Godfather (1972)
Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Encanto (2001)
The Hunger Games (2012)

The goals of the screenwriting camp are ambitious, and students are required to do a significant amount of writing in the evenings. We recommend that students bring a tablet or laptop computer and download screenwriting software.

Tuition is 1450 EURO (including supervised housing) or $1600 USD.

To learn more about NYFA’s teen camps, visit the NYFA Camp Brochure.


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