What is the course about?
The course is designed to introduce you to some of the fundamental concepts and skills required to be a screenwriter. The course will include analysing extracts and film clips and taking part in writing exercises.
The Tutor: Mike Harris has written and developed a drama serial for Pearson Television and a pilot sitcom for BBC Wales. He sold his screenplay Broken Shell to Channel 4 and has worked as a story editor on The Bill. He has also written and directed for the corporate video market and taught screenwriting and film at colleges and professional bodies throughout the UK.
City Lit reserves the right to change course tutors from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor.
What will we cover?
The key skills of screenwriting will be covered, including character, structure, dramatic conflict, and dialogue. This is a practical writing course and students will have the opportunity to produce their own work.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Respond to and assess pieces of writing with sensitivity
- Demonstrate an understanding of the key elements of a script
- Complete a screenwriting exercise with confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at complete beginners. You'll need good levels of spoken and written English to participate fully.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Presentations by the tutor will introduce you to key concepts. Then there will be work and discussion in groups or in pairs to facilitate a practical, hands-on response to the ideas and information presented.
All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a pen and paper. You are welcome to bring a laptop or tablet for use during in-class writing exercises if it will help you.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit runs a term-long introductory course, Ways into screenwriting, which will explore the subject in greater depth. Students can then proceed to Developing your screenwriting.
All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details