Screenwriter's Lab: The New Method

SCRIPT X 463.3E

Learn the techniques of character-driven storytelling in this workshop focusing on the most in-demand skills for today's TV writers.

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Starting at $720.00
As few as 10 weeks
3.0

What you can learn.

  • Learn tools to deepen characters and explain plot ideas
  • Find your unique voice as a writer to enhance your script writing
  • Learn to apply playwriting skills to the unique format of TV scripts
  • Watch actors perform your work to see your writing come to life

About this course:

Kemp Powers (playwright and screenwriter, One Night In Miami), Aaron Sorkin (The Trial of the Chicago 7 and The Social Network), and Sheila Callaghan (writer and producer, Shameless) are among countless television and film writers who got their start in the theatre and who continue to work in both disciplines. Agents and producers often read plays with the goal of finding a writer who excels at character-driven storytelling—which is at the heart of theatre. In this course, you learn tools to deepen your characters, expand on new plot ideas, and most importantly, find your unique voice as a writer. You first explore the fundamentals of play construction and writing techniques, writing frequently to master the art and craft of playwriting, culminating in a one-act play or one act of a play. You then learn to apply your new-found skills to your own film or TV script and have the best 10 pages ready to be performed by actors in the final class.

Spring 2024 Schedule

Date & Time
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Tuesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM PT
Available
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Instructor: Aleesha Nash
394336
Fee:
$720.00
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Location: Remote Classroom
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Notes

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 April 30, 2024
Course Requirements
Internet required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Tue Apr 16, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue Apr 23, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue Apr 30, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue May 7, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue May 14, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue May 21, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue May 28, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue Jun 4, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue Jun 11, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Tue Jun 18, 2024
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom

Summer 2024 Schedule

Date & Time
Details
Format
 
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Wednesday 5:00PM - 8:00PM PT
Future Offering (Opens April 29, 2024 12:00:00 AM)
See Details
Instructor: Aleesha Nash
398333
Fee:
$720.00
Live Onlineformat icon
Location: Remote Classroom
Notes

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 July 24, 2024
Course Requirements
Internet required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Wed Jul 10, 2024
5:00PM PT - 8:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Jul 17, 2024
5:00PM PT - 8:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Jul 24, 2024
5:00PM PT - 8:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Jul 31, 2024
5:00PM PT - 8:00PM PT
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Discussion
Wed Aug 7, 2024
5:00PM PT - 8:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Aug 14, 2024
5:00PM PT - 8:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Aug 21, 2024
5:00PM PT - 8:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Aug 28, 2024
5:00PM PT - 8:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Sep 4, 2024
5:00PM PT - 8:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Sep 11, 2024
5:00PM PT - 8:00PM PT
Remote Classroom

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