Ways into screenwriting: an introduction

Course Dates: 21/07/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Clive Ford

Want to write scripts but don't know how to start? Discover the basics of screenwriting - character, conflict and more - on a course that's designed to help you shape your ideas and get your story going.


What is the course about?

The course is designed to introduce you to some of the 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:

Kolton Lee is an award winning filmmaker, novelist and academic. A graduate of the National Film & Television School, he has written for a number of television shows, has made two independent feature films and is a published author. He has taught Screenwriting and Directing at a number of different institutions including South Bank University, London Metropolitan University and The London Film School and the New York Film Academy. A former Programme Leader for the BA Screenwriting programme at Central Film School, Kolton is currently a Senior Lecturer in Filmmaking at Kingston University.

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, dialogue, visual writing, audience involvement. 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
- Demonstrate an understanding of the contribution each element makes to the working of a good - i.e. engaging - script.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is aimed at 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.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit runs a term-long introductory course, Screenwriting: stage 1, which will explore the subject in greater depth. Students can then proceed to Screenwriting: stage 2.

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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Will give you a starting point
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Review by Ellen / (Posted on 12/05/2019)
If you are interested in having a better understanding of learning how to write a screenwriting for films, tv . This is the course for new beginners.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 11/05/2019)
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Full Sun, day, 21 Jul - 21 Jul '19

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Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £59.00
Concession: £24.00

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