Screenplays form the starting point for most dramatic films, the essential work from which all other filmmaking flows. All of the tender romance, terrifying action and memorable lines begin at the screenwriter’s desk. This free online course will introduce you to the basic elements and key concepts behind a professional screenplay.

The University of East Anglia’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing have built this course with instructors and recent alumni from their famed course in Creative Writing.

What topics will you cover?
-Basic characteristics of screen story
-Development of a basic storyline
-Story structures including The Three Act Structure and alternate story structures
-Characters and developing character outlines
-The construction of scenes including the role of dialogue and character voice
-The workflow for writing a first draft of feature film screenplay
-The process for screenplay formatting
-Writing – and finishing – a first draft

Instructors are:

Michael Lengsfield - Screenwriter Michael Lengsfield teaches scriptwriting at the University of East Anglia, where he specializes in the theory and practice of dramatic adaptation.

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