So You Wanna Write a Script - A Beginner's Guide to Screenwriting (Ages 11 - 14)

A one-time course designed to help students interested in screenwriting to unlock their inner screenwriter by providing some of the basic techniques to begin the journey of writing a script or a screenplay for a movie.
Matthew Stanley
4 total reviews for this teacher
New class

55 minutes

per class

Meets once


year olds


learners per class

per learner

How does aOne-Timeclass work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Fri Jun 3

Meet once (1 day)
3pm - 3:55pm

Fri Jun 10

Meet once (1 day)
3pm - 3:55pm
1 learner enrolled

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Class Experience

To help students learn some of the basic terminology, concepts, and structures in writing a screenplay.  To give them the confidence and encouragement they need to start writing and or continue writing.
I started writing screenplays when I was twelve years old.  I used my Mom’s typewriter, that’s how long ago it was.  I had always loved writing stories and was encouraged by several of my elementary school teachers to write.  At the age of eleven I decided to write a novel because I couldn’t find a book that had all the elements in a story that I was looking for.  I jumped to screenplays because I felt that I wasn’t transcribing the vision in my head to paper.  I wanted the audience to see the story as I saw it.  So I thought, “I need to write a movie instead of a book.”  

Since that time I’ve written several short films, some animated videos, a few feature length movies, some tv shows for a local cable access channel, tons of commercials, promotional videos, and news stories, as well as teaching screenwriting in my Film Production class.  

I started teaching three years at a local high school where I taught Audio and Film Production courses.  Before that I was involved in the industry, professionally, for thirty years, starting at a local ABC affiliate, then freelancing my video skills, did a short stint in Hollywood as an assistant editor on a pilot for NBC and an office assistant for Looney Tunes: Back In Action, from there I co-owned a video production company and a couple of marketing slash advertising agencies.
None.  YAY!  But I do recommend that students write as much as possible.  That’s the best way for them to learn and grow.  I also recommend reading as much as possible, whether it’s novels, comic books, and especially scripts.  
 1 file available upon enrollment
* An imagination. * Also a program to be able to write, like Microsoft Word, Google Docs, even just an old fashioned pen, pencil, pad, or paper will work. I usually write ideas on anything handy, even my phone or tablet. * I’ll also provide a Handy Handout for the students to download.
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
I’ll provide a Handy Handout to download that highlights some of the topics we’ll be discussing.


Matthew Stanley
Lives in the United States
Eat, Sleep, Create, Repeat
4 total reviews
11 completed classes

About Me

Yo, yo, yo, yo!!!  My name is Matthew Stanley, or Mr. Stanley, Stanley, and Matty Stanz.  Those last three are what my students have called me over the past three years.  

Ya see, three years ago is when I decided to start teaching.  I got that... 
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