Screenwriting: Introduction to Writing Movies

Open—Fall

The course will focus on building a solid foundation in writing for the screen. Through weekly, short, writing assignments, students will learn to craft well-structured, short screenplays. Students will tackle fundamental screenwriting issues, such as finding a story’s main dramatic tension, crafting dialogue without relying on it to move the story along, and writing in succinct visual language. Students will have an opportunity to read published work, watch finished films in order to evaluate the screenwriting, and analyze each others’ work-in-progress. The aim of the class is for each student to produce a number of short, polished screenplays that are ready for future production. Conference projects may include revisions of previous work or refinement of work presented in the workshop, as well as the development and refining of long-form ideas, outlines, and finished pages.