Introduction to Screenwriting

Learn how to write short scripts using the basics of storytelling, compelling characters, and structured plots in this two-week course.
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55 minutes

per class

Twice per week

over 2 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will learn how to develop human characters, the function of relationships in storytelling, the three act structure, and how to create suspense. Students will learn to write in screenplay format on, a free website which includes industry standard script format. 
Writing is a very vulnerable process. I want students to be sensitive to this, but also learn how to take criticism. Both skills are vital in this industry. Students will learn how to pitch their ideas. 
This class should teach students to watch films differently. They should begin to analyze plot and characters. 
Homework is assigned at the end of each class. By the end of the course, student will have submitted two  unique scripts and pitched an additional story. They will receive thorough feedback on every assignment. Some assignments will be reviewed and critiqued in class. Homework should take about 45 minutes per class. 
Students are encouraged to take notes during lecture. They will need to create create a free account on Celtx in order to complete the homework assignments. I will go over the website during the first class. 
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Students will receive thoughtful feedback on all submitted work. There are no formal grades for this course. 
1 hour 50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Course includes short films which include profanity. Student scripts reviewed in class may include profanity. 


Emily Henderson
Lives in the United States
Screenwriting Instructor
1 total review
3 completed classes

About Me

I'm a college student sharing the best I've learned from my 9 years of film classes with the high school students behind me in my Introduction to Screenwriting course. After being exposed to several approaches to storytelling, I am proficient in... 
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