The Craft of Screenwriting: Shorts, Features, and Series
In this combined media studies course and screenwriting workshop, you'll learn how to craft dramatic narratives while developing your own creative project--short film(s), feature film, half-hour comedy, one-hour drama, or web series. You'll exchange feedback on classmates' scripts and analyze professional screenplays, films and television shows from a craft perspective: What works? What doesn't? What can you make your own?
Our program will revolve around synchronous workshops and seminars. We'll minimize Zoom time and maximize time for writing and analysis, with assignments submitted asynchronously via Canvas. Our final schedule will depend on class size, but expect 4 hrs/week on Zoom during weeks 1-2 and 2.5 hrs/week thereafter, with 2-4 feedback opportunities in workshops and individual advising sessions. Media selections will be drawn primarily from the Netflix catalog, so make sure you have reliable access.
Note: Those aiming to shoot as early as this fall may wish to take this program concurrently with Developing and Writing for Film and Media Projects.
Course Reference Numbers
Screenwriting, Film/Media Production, Content Development, Gaming, AR/VR, User Interfaces/Voice-Driven Applications in AI
Students will need a subscription or access to Netflix