101 • Introduction To Screenwriting


• A part-time course taught over 20 weeks.

• Over 40 hours of contact time

• Next runs Spring Semester 2019 • 12th January – May 7th

• Starting with a taught weekend in Stratford-Upon-Avon followed by 12 x 2 hour live, online, virtual classes on Tuesday evenings.

• Learn about every stage of the screenwriting process from initial idea to fourth draft script.

• Suitable for beginners, no previous experience is required.

• Fees from £750

A detailed course schedule and syllabus for Spring Semester 2019 is below.



Each student will develop and complete a 15-20 minute short-form script (Short Form = short film, webcast comedy, viral video, sketches etc)


You will be introduced to the concepts of screenwriting through the process of writing a short film. Week by week you will develop your script from a three line premise to a 20 page script. Each week you will receive notes and feedback on your script from the course tutor.

You will be introduced step-by-step to the screenwriting process and to the function and format of the different types of documents used in that process including pitches, outline proposals, step outlines, treatments and scripts.

You will be introduced to the concepts of narrative logic, three act structure, rising jeopardy and to professional techniques for creating successful characters and dialogue.


This course is open enrolment and there are no entry requirements. However, to get the most out of the course, you should be able to both speak and write in English to a reasonable standard.

Minimum Age: 18 at start of course.

Required Equipment: To study on this course you will need

              • A computer with webcam and microphone
              • Evening access to a fast broadband connection
              • Daily access to an email account

FIRST COME FIRST SERVED: In order to make enrolment as fair as possible and to enhance your learning experience, please be aware that we have a maximum of 15 places available for each course and operate a first come, first served basis.

101 • Introduction to Screenwriting • Detailed Schedule And Syllabus:

Saturday 12th January 11-5 Day 1 Intro To Screen Story
• The origin of story and why it matters
• The meaning(s) of screen stories
Sunday 13th January 10-4 Day 2 Intro To Screen Story
• The history of story on screen
Story, plot & theme
Tuesday January 15th 19.30-21.30 Virtual Class  1
• The Premise
Tuesday January 22 19.30-21.30 Virtual Class  2
• Three act structure
Tuesday January 29 19.30-21.30 Virtual Class  3
• The Outline Proposal 
Tuesday February 5 19.30-21.30 Virtual Class  4
• Genre
Tuesday February 12 19.30-21.30 Virtual Class  5
• The Step Outline
Tuesday February 19 Writing Week
Tuesday February 26 19.30-21.30 Virtual Class  6
• Character
Tuesday March 5 19.30-21.30 Virtual Class  7
• Backstory and subplot
Tuesday March 12 19.30-21.30 Virtual Class  8
The Treatment
Tuesday March 19 Writing Week
Tuesday March 26 19.30-21.30 Virtual Class  9
• Dialogue
Tuesday April 2 19.30-21.30 Virtual Class  10
• The Script
Tuesday April 9 Writing Week
Tuesday April 16 Writing Week
Saturday April 20th Feedback Saturday
Tuesday April 23 Writing Week
Tuesday April 30 19.30-21.30 Virtual Class  11
• What next? Getting your script read
Tuesday May 7 19.30-21.30 Virtual Class  12
• What next? Festivals and screenings