Formatting Your Script Like a Pro


Position yourself for success by learning and incorporating professional script formatting into your work.

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Starting at $325.00
As few as 4 weeks

What you can learn.

  • Make sure your scripts make the right first impression on readers and decision makers
  • Learn to format all elements of your script correctly, from sluglines to dialogue
  • Make a connection between proper formatting and script clarity, succinctness, and the reader's experience
  • Learn to spot formatting red flags that can reflect poorly on you as a writer and promising professional

About this course:

There are two key factors that determine the success of your script when it’s about to be read by a script reader, producer, director, agent or any other Hollywood executive: Does it “look” professional on the page? And is it a great read? Both are affected by the formatting of your script, and it takes more than using screenwriting software to get it right.  Screenplay formatting is an industry standard practice that allows a writer to accurately communicate their stories to readers in this collaborative medium. Without adhering to this standard, scripts become indecipherable and distract the reader from the story, characters and world you are trying to convey. In this course, you learn not only how to properly format scene headings, action lines, characters, dialogue, parentheticals and transitions, but why these are industry standards. Even with screenwriting software, writers still struggle with the intricacies of formatting as it relates to clarity, succinctness and the reader’s emotional experience. You also learn how to spot formatting red flags that prejudge your script as amateurish, and explore advanced techniques that help you direct and edit on the page without the use of camera directions and other technical jargon.

Spring 2024 Schedule

Date & Time
Saturday 10:00AM - 1:00PM PT
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Instructor: Karl Iglesias
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Location: Remote Classroom
ENROLL BY: May 3, 2024
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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 May 02, 2024
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Sat May 4, 2024
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Sat May 11, 2024
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Sat May 18, 2024
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Sat May 25, 2024
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
Remote Classroom

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