Writing and Rewriting for the Screen

Intermediate, Advanced—Spring

This course for the intermediate to advanced screenwriter builds on the foundation from the fall or from another course in screenwriting. Through a rigorous workshop, we will delve deeper into the nature of screenwriting, further refining students’ skills and exploring advanced thematic and structural issues. Students may work either on short-form or feature-length screenplays or on a television or Web series. They will read peer work, with the entire process supported by in-class analysis and critiques thereof. We will migrate from initial idea—through character development, story generation, and the rough draft—to a series of finished, short-form screenplays or a feature-length script. Fundamentals of character, story, universe and setting, dramatic action, tension, conflict, structure, and style will be explored. In conference, students may research and develop long-form screenplays or teleplays, craft a series of short screenplays for production courses or independent production, rewrite a previously written script, adapt original material from another form, and the like.