Certificate in Introduction to Screenwriting Online Course

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Learn to Create Winning Scripts with the Online Screenwriting Course

The online screenwriting course will give you all the necessary information to write a screenwriting script that sells. Starting with why audiences need and expect from stories, you will learn what kinds of stories can be expected to work consistently. Armed with this information, you will learn how to go about writing your own story – from the initial concept, through to story development and the final structure of your screenplay.

The screenwriting online course goes well beyond discussing story and structure. It will show you how to create believable characters, audiences, and write dialogue that breathes life into them. You will learn how to construct scenes that audiences will want to watch over and over again and how to get the most out of every second of your screenplay. This online screenwriting class will show you how to polish that first draft and transform it into something special.

Throughout the screenwriting online course, you will get practical experience via a sequence of short and fun written assignments designed to have you operating like a screenwriting professional from the start of the course. The final module of this screenwriting certificate online course looks at the business side of selling your script. During this screenwriting course online you will learn all the intricate details of a screenwriting career including dealing with agents and producers, finding contests, working with consultants, studio work and avoiding scam artists.

When you complete this course you will have all the tools and knowledge to write a winning script and sell it.

Online Screenwriting Course Quick Facts:

  • The course can be completed in just 6 weeks
  • About 4 hours weekly study is necessary
  • Screenwriting class online is totally online and all course materials can be accessed at any time, every day of the year using any computer or Smartphone
  • Screenwriting courses are instructor-led. Instructors welcome questions and interaction
  • Study screenwriting in your own time from home or work
  • Work through the course material at your own pace
  • Downloadable course content is available for printing or saving in electronic format.
  • Students will be awarded an introduction to screenwriting certificate upon successful completion of this course

How to study screenwriting online course

New courses are run on a monthly basis. When you register for the course, be sure to nominate your preferred commencement date. This enables us to provide the correct tutor/student ratio available.

After registration with Courses For Success, we will forward an email to your nominated email account. The email will contain important course details. If it is not received, check your spam/junk folders before contacting our support desk. The online screenwriting course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Other Creative Writing Courses

If Shakespeare is your hero or you’d love to live the lifestyle of JK Rowling, then check out our range of creative writing courses!

There are 12 units of study

Why Write a Script Now?

In our first lesson, we'll discuss the increasing opportunities for new screenwriters and all the ways you can use those opportunities to build your own career. You'll find out why it's going to be so much easier to get a movie made in the near future and what that could mean for your career as a writer. Then you'll get an insight into the three basic elements that any script needs to succeed: a great concept, compelling characters, and a strong structure. Finally, we'll examine what your script needs to look like, and we'll explore ways to achieve that easily. By the end of this lesson, you'll be ready to dive into this exciting world.

What Is a Story?

In this lesson, we're going to explore why we don't just love stories—we need them. We'll search in our distant past to discover where stories come from, and then we'll rocket back to the present to understand how they work.  We're going to examine the rules that define Western storytelling, and then you'll learn the one simple sentence that will allow you to create compelling stories for your own scripts. Finally, we'll take a close look at the master story that underlies almost every other story ever told and find out how it can help you shape your own stories.

Conflict

In this lesson, we're going to look into the very heart and soul of any story—the conflicts that drive it. We're going to pull some stories apart to see why they don't tick, and then we'll put them back together the right way so they do. You're going to learn about the one central feature that defines every story, and the seven conflicts that define all stories. Finally, we're going to examine how you can take a deeply personal internal story and turn it into a movie that audiences will love.

Creating Characters

In this lesson, we're going to unlock the secrets of creating great characters. We're going to blow up the stale formulas of "building profiles" and focus on the essence of your characters instead of the details. We'll find out how to strip characters down to the central conflict at their core, and then we'll explore ways to build them back up into living, breathing human beings. And then we'll see how even the most brilliantly developed characters can fall flat on the page and how to bring them to life.

Screenplay Structure

In this lesson, we're going to blast through all the reams of nonsense that have been written about the mysterious complexities of the three-act structure and reveal how simple and elegant it really can be. We'll analyze what goes into each of the acts, and figure out how to use them to tell an unforgettable story. And we'll tackle the dreaded task of outlining, explaining why it's essential—and how to make it easier and more productive.

Beginnings

In this lesson, we're going to take a hard look at how to start your stories. We'll examine the subtle elements necessary to get your script off to the right start and explore the ways you can accidentally send your audience off-course. Then we'll tear apart the opening of some great movies to see what makes them tick. Finally, we'll tackle the one quality your first pages need more than any other.

Middles

In this lesson, we're going to tackle the hardest part of any script—the second act. We're going to explore the reasons why it's so much more difficult to plot than the first and third acts, and then we'll zero in on the one sure way to make sure you'll always have enough story to fill the great middle of your screenplay. Through close examination of one brilliantly structured script, we'll discover the essential element that keeps stories alive through act two. Finally, we'll take a hard look at act two's crucial structural component, and how you can make it work for you.

The End

In this lesson, you're going to find out why some scripts have endings you'll never forget—and some have finales you'd rather not remember. We're going to explore the mysterious, contradictory nature of the great ending, and you'll discover how those last few scenes can completely transform everything that's come before. Then we'll tear apart a few finales to understand why some soar and others sink. Finally, we'll take a hard look at that most difficult ending to pull off, the big twist.

The Scene

In this lesson, you're going to take those first steps from outline to script. You're going to see the difference between a scene that exists as a paragraph in an outline and one that comes vividly to life on the page. You'll dive into the process of creating exciting scenes that pop from the first line and how to keep them going until the end. And finally, you'll learn the one trick that will always turn a flat scene into one that sings.

Dialogue . . . or Not

In this lesson, you're going to learn what makes film dialogue special, and how you can use it to create and develop your characters. You'll get a tour through various types of dialogue with stops to explain the particular challenges each one poses and the rewards each brings. You'll find out why screenwriting is the one place where it's never good to be on the money, and how to get off it. And finally, you'll get a map to tell you how to avoid the biggest trap in writing dialogue.

The Rewrite

In this lesson, we're going to celebrate our finished first draft—and then leap into rewriting it from top to bottom. We'll explore what the real purpose of the first draft actually is and how to get the most out of it. We'll find the joy of the accidental discovery and investigate how to use that to make the script better than you ever consciously knew it could be. You'll get a demonstration of how this works in practice. Finally, I'll give you a step-by-step roadmap for approaching your rewrite.

Your Script and You

In this lesson, we're going to take your finished script and turn it into a movie. We'll explore the ways you can get your script to the movers and shakers in Hollywood—and divine which movers and shakers you should target.  We'll weigh the merits of agents and managers, contests and script analysts who promise to get your screenplay to all the top executives. Then we'll take a clear look at an alternative way to get your script made into a film that reflects your vision. Finally, we'll talk about ways to encourage and manage your growth as a writer while you work toward your big break.

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

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Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with your tutor, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments. A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.

About this Course

Learn to Create Winning Scripts with the Online Screenwriting Course

The online screenwriting course will give you all the necessary information to write a screenwriting script that sells. Starting with why audiences need and expect from stories, you will learn what kinds of stories can be expected to work consistently. Armed with this information, you will learn how to go about writing your own story – from the initial concept, through to story development and the final structure of your screenplay.

The screenwriting online course goes well beyond discussing story and structure. It will show you how to create believable characters, audiences, and write dialogue that breathes life into them. You will learn how to construct scenes that audiences will want to watch over and over again and how to get the most out of every second of your screenplay. This online screenwriting class will show you how to polish that first draft and transform it into something special.

Throughout the screenwriting online course, you will get practical experience via a sequence of short and fun written assignments designed to have you operating like a screenwriting professional from the start of the course. The final module of this screenwriting certificate online course looks at the business side of selling your script. During this screenwriting course online you will learn all the intricate details of a screenwriting career including dealing with agents and producers, finding contests, working with consultants, studio work and avoiding scam artists.

When you complete this course you will have all the tools and knowledge to write a winning script and sell it.

Online Screenwriting Course Quick Facts:

  • The course can be completed in just 6 weeks
  • About 4 hours weekly study is necessary
  • Screenwriting class online is totally online and all course materials can be accessed at any time, every day of the year using any computer or Smartphone
  • Screenwriting courses are instructor-led. Instructors welcome questions and interaction
  • Study screenwriting in your own time from home or work
  • Work through the course material at your own pace
  • Downloadable course content is available for printing or saving in electronic format.
  • Students will be awarded an introduction to screenwriting certificate upon successful completion of this course

How to study screenwriting online course

New courses are run on a monthly basis. When you register for the course, be sure to nominate your preferred commencement date. This enables us to provide the correct tutor/student ratio available.

After registration with Courses For Success, we will forward an email to your nominated email account. The email will contain important course details. If it is not received, check your spam/junk folders before contacting our support desk. The online screenwriting course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Other Creative Writing Courses

If Shakespeare is your hero or you’d love to live the lifestyle of JK Rowling, then check out our range of creative writing courses!

There are 12 units of study

Why Write a Script Now?

In our first lesson, we'll discuss the increasing opportunities for new screenwriters and all the ways you can use those opportunities to build your own career. You'll find out why it's going to be so much easier to get a movie made in the near future and what that could mean for your career as a writer. Then you'll get an insight into the three basic elements that any script needs to succeed: a great concept, compelling characters, and a strong structure. Finally, we'll examine what your script needs to look like, and we'll explore ways to achieve that easily. By the end of this lesson, you'll be ready to dive into this exciting world.

What Is a Story?

In this lesson, we're going to explore why we don't just love stories—we need them. We'll search in our distant past to discover where stories come from, and then we'll rocket back to the present to understand how they work.  We're going to examine the rules that define Western storytelling, and then you'll learn the one simple sentence that will allow you to create compelling stories for your own scripts. Finally, we'll take a close look at the master story that underlies almost every other story ever told and find out how it can help you shape your own stories.

Conflict

In this lesson, we're going to look into the very heart and soul of any story—the conflicts that drive it. We're going to pull some stories apart to see why they don't tick, and then we'll put them back together the right way so they do. You're going to learn about the one central feature that defines every story, and the seven conflicts that define all stories. Finally, we're going to examine how you can take a deeply personal internal story and turn it into a movie that audiences will love.

Creating Characters

In this lesson, we're going to unlock the secrets of creating great characters. We're going to blow up the stale formulas of "building profiles" and focus on the essence of your characters instead of the details. We'll find out how to strip characters down to the central conflict at their core, and then we'll explore ways to build them back up into living, breathing human beings. And then we'll see how even the most brilliantly developed characters can fall flat on the page and how to bring them to life.

Screenplay Structure

In this lesson, we're going to blast through all the reams of nonsense that have been written about the mysterious complexities of the three-act structure and reveal how simple and elegant it really can be. We'll analyze what goes into each of the acts, and figure out how to use them to tell an unforgettable story. And we'll tackle the dreaded task of outlining, explaining why it's essential—and how to make it easier and more productive.

Beginnings

In this lesson, we're going to take a hard look at how to start your stories. We'll examine the subtle elements necessary to get your script off to the right start and explore the ways you can accidentally send your audience off-course. Then we'll tear apart the opening of some great movies to see what makes them tick. Finally, we'll tackle the one quality your first pages need more than any other.

Middles

In this lesson, we're going to tackle the hardest part of any script—the second act. We're going to explore the reasons why it's so much more difficult to plot than the first and third acts, and then we'll zero in on the one sure way to make sure you'll always have enough story to fill the great middle of your screenplay. Through close examination of one brilliantly structured script, we'll discover the essential element that keeps stories alive through act two. Finally, we'll take a hard look at act two's crucial structural component, and how you can make it work for you.

The End

In this lesson, you're going to find out why some scripts have endings you'll never forget—and some have finales you'd rather not remember. We're going to explore the mysterious, contradictory nature of the great ending, and you'll discover how those last few scenes can completely transform everything that's come before. Then we'll tear apart a few finales to understand why some soar and others sink. Finally, we'll take a hard look at that most difficult ending to pull off, the big twist.

The Scene

In this lesson, you're going to take those first steps from outline to script. You're going to see the difference between a scene that exists as a paragraph in an outline and one that comes vividly to life on the page. You'll dive into the process of creating exciting scenes that pop from the first line and how to keep them going until the end. And finally, you'll learn the one trick that will always turn a flat scene into one that sings.

Dialogue . . . or Not

In this lesson, you're going to learn what makes film dialogue special, and how you can use it to create and develop your characters. You'll get a tour through various types of dialogue with stops to explain the particular challenges each one poses and the rewards each brings. You'll find out why screenwriting is the one place where it's never good to be on the money, and how to get off it. And finally, you'll get a map to tell you how to avoid the biggest trap in writing dialogue.

The Rewrite

In this lesson, we're going to celebrate our finished first draft—and then leap into rewriting it from top to bottom. We'll explore what the real purpose of the first draft actually is and how to get the most out of it. We'll find the joy of the accidental discovery and investigate how to use that to make the script better than you ever consciously knew it could be. You'll get a demonstration of how this works in practice. Finally, I'll give you a step-by-step roadmap for approaching your rewrite.

Your Script and You

In this lesson, we're going to take your finished script and turn it into a movie. We'll explore the ways you can get your script to the movers and shakers in Hollywood—and divine which movers and shakers you should target.  We'll weigh the merits of agents and managers, contests and script analysts who promise to get your screenplay to all the top executives. Then we'll take a clear look at an alternative way to get your script made into a film that reflects your vision. Finally, we'll talk about ways to encourage and manage your growth as a writer while you work toward your big break.

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Reviews coming soon! Please check back next month.

Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with your tutor, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments. A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.

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Course Summary

Course ID No.: 007SQL
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: 6 Weeks
Tutor Support: Yes
Time required: 24 Hours
Assessments: Yes
Qualification: Certificate of Completion

Start Dates

This course is available to begin on the following dates

  • 11 September
  • 16 October
  • 13 November
  • 11 December

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