How to Research Your Story
Ensure your story follows real world protocols and practices in this course dedicated to enhancing the realism and believability of your story.
What you can learn.
- Learn to find facts that inform the reality of your story, to ensure viewers will believe it
- Gain practical skills in conducting primary and secondary research
- Identify what elements in your story would benefit from research and fact checking
- Enhance your creative decisions by learning how to shape stories steeped in reality
About this course:
Research always pays off (and not just when it comes to historical works of fiction). This is especially true when it comes to things that we think we know, things we’ve seen depicted before, like the inner workings of a law firm or the emergency room in a hospital. The most important step in writing a screenplay (or novel) is gaining the breadth of knowledge and mastery of the material that’s necessary to write with authority. The facts you find are almost always better than the stuff that you make up, and the creative decisions and choices you make based on research leads to improvements that won’t happen in any other way. The goal of the course is to learn how to gain mastery, and become an authority, on the subject of a script that you intend to write.
Spring 2019 Schedule
These courses are fully online, and there are no in-person classroom meetings.
Enrollment limited to 15 students. Materials required.