Crafting the Thematic Heart and Soul of Your Story


Learn how a defined thematic argument is at the heart of every powerful story, and how you can enhance it in your own script.           

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Starting at $325.00
As few as 4 weeks

What you can learn.

  • Learn what makes theme the "heart and soul" of a story
  • Discover how theme can unify character and plot, making your story more universal
  • Explore the most common and successful themes in classic and contemporary films
  • Develop the tools to keep your theme at the forefront of your mind but invisible to the audience so it lands effectively as they watch

About this course:

If structure is the skeleton of a story, theme is its heart and soul. It’s what makes your story universal and what raises it above all those that simply entertain. If your goal is to craft a story that resonates emotionally with a global audience, this course guides you through theme and how it unifies character and plot. Through lectures, discussions, and practical writing assignments, you learn why a clearly defined thematic argument is the foundation of a great story, how theme is different from premise, motif, or subject matter, and how to find it for your story. You explore the most successful and often-used themes in classic and modern films, and apply effective techniques to tap into the thematic argument of your story and make sure it remains “invisible” throughout the story. With so many definitions and misunderstandings, this course demystifies theme once and for all.

Summer 2024 Schedule

Date & Time
Sunday 10:00AM - 1:00PM PT
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Instructor: Karl Iglesias
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Location: Remote Classroom

Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required.

This course is held via video teleconference. Instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at the course meeting time as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation. Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after August 03, 2024
Course Requirements
Internet required to retrieve course materials.
Sun Aug 4, 2024
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Sun Aug 11, 2024
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Sun Aug 18, 2024
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Sun Aug 25, 2024
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Remote Classroom

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