script writing

course

Write your best script yet

10 sessions

The course includes 10 sessions of 2 hours each and will finish with a special graduation event

2 big awards

At the graduation event, we'll give two awards: Best Script Award; Writers' Award

beat your best

Face the ultimate challenge - yourself - and beat it like it owes you money

forum

Join the course and get access to our exclusive, member-only forum to share and discuss your work

Core philosophy

 

Creative writing is about disinhibition (allowing yourself to write) and craft (structuring, shaping, polishing). The course will look at both sides of this balance.

Tom Phillips, tutor at the Script Writing Course

Specific challenges

along the way

 

a. k. a. lesson plan

 
Introduction to the world of script

1

An introduction centered around the method and approach to exploring script writing in this course, the fundamentals of creative writing and key writing tips, as well as reflections and exercises on how to focus an idea from ‘big theme’ to story.

Storytelling fundamentals

2

The first question directors, producers and actors ask is: What’s the story? So in the second session we'll talk about idea generation and focus on the fundamentals of storytelling. Then, we'll explore the hero’s journey and the archetypal plots.

Building great characters

3

Action emerges through character and character emerges through action. Characters also learn something about themselves – they develop: a character arc. So in this session we'll cover crucial elements like character roles, depth of character, developing characters and many useful things to think about.

What makes a good scene?

4

Scenes are the fundamental building blocks of every script. And they often work differently in different mediums – e. g. there are types of scenes which are easier to do in film or TV than they are in theater. So in this session we'll focus heavily on understanding the importance of scenes, how to write great scenes, and, of course, dialogue.

Writing for theater

5

Theater writing isn't so different from other forms of script writing – but it’s live, which creates unique opportunities, as well as difficulties… A theater play happens in the audience’s imagination as much as on stage. Some writers see this as losing ‘control’ – but also liberating.

 

Standing on these concepts, we'll venture into the vast possibilities of theater.

Writing for radio

6

Radio plays are possibly the most under-estimated form… No visuals! But that’s its great strength: it can do absolutely anything. It’s also relatively cheap to produce and can even be DIY.

 

So it's no surprise that this is often the ‘way in’ for new writers – from radio to TV and film (and/or stage).

Writing for TV

7

TV is currently going through a writing ‘boom’ – ever since ‘The Wire’ and ‘Breaking Bad’. So there’s a focus on strong new writing.

 

As with theater and radio – all the overall points about character, story, scenes, dialogue, action apply. But TV is a usually pre-recorded visual medium, which allows for some extra resources – e. g. ‘showing’ simultaneous actions.

Writing for film

8

Arguably the biggest canvas with the most opportunities for writers to let imaginations go. So again key tip is to understand the medium and its possibilities – genres and formats – inside out. This is one the key topics we'll cover in this session.


And be prepared to put in a lot of work! Like writing a novel – only harder because there’s more to think about.

Revising and polishing your work

9

Everyone revises. Revising is not a negative ‘correction’ process: it’s part of the creative process – and we’re doing it all the time, sometimes consciously, sometimes subconsciously.

 

And, as said at beginning: don’t try to write the last draft first – you’ll get writer’s block.

Writing as a career

10

The bad news: it’s intensely competitive out there – and in some ways having an idea and writing a script are the easy parts. Getting that idea off the page and onto the stage or screen are the difficult bits.

 

The good news: it's possible – and you can do it step by step, e. g. by going through the various R&D processes in session 9.

Course sessions

member-only access

 
  • 01

    Introduction

    Introduction to the course

    5 key pieces of advice

    12 key things to remember
    Ideas and focus
    Exercise: Instant script

  • 02

    Story & structure

    What makes a good story work?
    Basic story structure
    The Hero’s Journey
    Archetypal plots
    Exercise: Writing a Hollywood blockbuster

  • 03

    Building Great Characters

    Key points
    Character & action

    Example: ‘100 Miles North of Timbuktu’
    Character development techniques

  • 04

    Scenes & dialogue

    Scenes as building blocks

    Elements of scene-building

    Writing dialogue

    Using sub-text

  • 05/06

    Writing for
    radio & TV

    Writing for radio

    Writing for TV

    What the BBC advises

    Research & planning

  • 07

    Writing for film

    The big screen
    The writer’s role
    Beyond Hollywood

  • 08/09

    Writing REALITIES

    Revising scripts

    Key thoughts on revising

    Writing in practice

    Writing as a career

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