What is the course about?
If you love romantic comedies and think you could have a great idea for one, this fun one-day course will help you get started on your script. You'll discuss clips of successful rom-coms and learn the conventions of the genre, alongside some fundamentals of screenwriting. Through a series of guided exercises and games you'll have fun developing your idea and honing your writing skills.
What will we cover?
- What is a romantic comedy?
- Romantic comedy conventions
- How to create a great romantic pairing
- Writing a strong rom-com plot
- Subverting convention.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify some conventions of romantic comedy
- Understand the principles of the three act structure in screenwriting
- Create characters who make a strong romantic pairing
- Write the opening scene for a romantic comedy
- Give and receive feedback with sensitivity.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intermediate course suitable for those with some experience of creative writing. It may help if you have taken a screenwriting class prior because this course will focus on elements of screenwriting specific to the genre of romantic comedy. You will need to be an enthusiastic viewer of rom-coms, comfortable sharing your ideas and writing, and fluent in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will learn though a combination of interactive tutor presentation, discussion and analysis of film clips and scripts, group work, guided writing exercises and feedback activities.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs. You are required to bring a brief (one-page max) summary of your rom-com idea. Please bring writing materials. You are welcome to bring a laptop or tablet for use during writing exercises if you feel it will help you.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You are welcome to enrol on one of our term-long screenwriting classes such as Ways into screenwriting (beginners), or Developing your screenwriting (intermediate).
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