Screenwriting: Structuring and Writing the Narrative Feature Film

Open—Fall

At first glance, narrative screenplay writing can seem restrictive and rigid; but once a writer learns the structural paradigms, those same parameters can actually free up the artist in untold ways. This writing workshop will focus on building strong bones for your feature-length narrative screenplay. What makes a screenplay unique is not solely the structure but, rather, the artist’s point of view on the world; however, concept, character, setting, dialogue, and action come to the forefront when embedded in a sound, reliable framework. Weekly writing assignments will explore everything from generating and developing a robust concept, to building characters, and to outlining a plot that will deliver a satisfying film viewing experience. After a rigorous outlining process, students will begin to write pages and present them in the workshop. Students will learn to give and receive helpful critical feedback. Some screenwriting experience is helpful but not required for this course.