Script Doctoring


Get an overview of the work of script doctors, complete with hands-on opportunities to improve scripts in progress.

Starting at $720.00
As few as 10 weeks

What you can learn.

  • Identify where a script needs work and craft a plan to enhance what already exists
  • Work on the level of scenes, characters, and dialogue to ramp up the story and its impact
  • Hear from guest lecturers how script doctoring work can influence your career
  • Read and analyze doctored scripts while workshopping your own drafts

About this course:

Script doctors are the unsung heroes of the script development phase. They come in at the last minute to fix a script before production can start, and they often remain anonymous or uncredited (but get paid well for that). In this course, you learn the difference between a script analyst, script consultant, and script doctor, and how script doctors address the rewriting or polishing process of a script. We cover how to deepen concept and world, fix structure, enhance and flesh out characters, address characters’ relationships and interactions, escalate conflict and drama, work on specific scenes, elevate the dialogue, and best tackle and exploit theme, all while staying true to the essence of the script assigned to doctor as you take it to the next level. With the use of lectures, script readings/analysis, and practical workshops, you get a first-hand experience on the life of a script doctor and how to have a future career as one.

Summer 2023 Schedule

Date & Time
This section has no set meeting times.
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Instructor: Cody Smart
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ENROLL BY: Jul 5, 2023
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Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted.

This online course is conducted through Canvas, a secure website that allows students to log in to access lectures, discussions, and other course materials on demand. There are no required class meetings. Each course is structured with weekly assignments and deadlines. Lectures and coursework are accessible throughout the week. Workshops are conducted in writing via discussion boards with your instructor and classmates.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after July 19, 2023
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.

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