Developing your screenwriting
Time: 17:30 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HW092
Duration: 10 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
This is a practical course that develops your grounding in the craft and terminology of screenwriting. Writing exercises, group discussion and presentations by the tutor will teach you the key skills in greater depth, including structure, character and dialogue. At the end of the course you should have produced a short screenplay and an outline for a full-length project.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Deciding what to write - generating ideas, testing ideas, research
- Theme, genre and originality
- Creating and sustaining believable characters
- Story structure
- Dialogue and subtext
- Plot development, pacing, set-ups and pay-offs
- Editing your own work and other people’s
- Formatting your screenplay
- An introduction to how the industry works.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Respond to and assess pieces of writing with sensitivity
- Understand the basic principles and jargon of screenwriting
- Appreciate the differences between writing for different genres and media
- Present a script in standard industry format
- Write a treatment
- Write a short film script.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intermediate screenwriting course suitable for those who have completed Ways into screenwriting at City Lit or an introductory screenwriting course elsewhere. An ability to write and speak fluent English is vital.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through discussion, presentations, viewing of film and TV extracts. There will be writing exercises both during and outside the class, evaluated by your tutor and fellow students.
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 you feel it will help you.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
If you would like to continue developing skills at the intermediate level you are welcome to enrol on another term of Developing into screenwriting. Information from the tutor concerning other courses will also be offered.
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.
Jilly Gardiner is a writer of scripts, prose and online articles, with her recent short feature, Being Keegan, starring Stephen Graham, winning a number of international awards, as well as being nominated for Best Screenwriter at the BAFTA qualifying Underwire Film Festival. Jilly was one of the winners of the Windsor Award for Drama Writing (The Kenneth Branagh Award), and her work has been chosen for production at theatres in London, Wales, Cambridge and Dubai, as well as being highly commended at the London Screenwriters Festival. Spending the earlier part of her career in TV broadcasting, Jilly has a BA in Journalism and a Master’s in Scriptwriting and teaches creative writing and scriptwriting at institutions including Winchester University, Oxford Restore and Buckinghamshire Adult Learning.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.