Writing Screenplay Coverage
Learn how studios review and approve screenplays as you get hands-on experience in the critical art of writing coverage on scripts.
What you can learn.
- Review and analyze film scripts to determine their strengths and weaknesses
- Explore the role of three-act structure and scene construction in powerful scripts
- Acquire the vocabulary of studios and coverage writers
- Identify powerful dialogue, scenes, and innovative approaches to genre
About this course:Designed for both aspiring story analysts and screenwriters who want to accelerate their careers, this course helps you master the methods used by story analysts who evaluate submissions to production companies, agencies, and studios. You learn how to do an in-depth analysis of the three-act structure, as well as dramatic and comic scene construction. You also learn the precise terminology used in story sessions, the foundations for great dialogue, and how to find original approaches to established genres. These and other principles become synthesized into coverage written to the highest professional standards in preparation for a job as either a story analyst or screenwriter who needs to critique his or her own scripts effectively.
Summer 2021 Schedule
Course content is delivered through an online learning platform where you can engage with your instructor and classmates. There are no required live meetings, but assignments are due regularly.
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
This 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.