Crash Course in Screenwriting

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A five-week, ten-module online introduction to the skills required to write a screenplay or a television script. We’ll give you generous and constructive feedback to assignments both in writing and at three live sessions to ensure you master the techniques and strategies you’ll need to write like a professional.  

DATES: TBC (email us to go on the waiting list)

Where: Online via our course platform

Live  Zoom sessions if you start on the specified start date:

  • Monday 5 July – intro Zoom session 15:30 UK / 16:30 SA
  • Thursday 22 July Zoom 2 - 18:00 Uk / 19:00 SA
  • 12 August Zoom 3  - 18:00 Uk / 19:00 SA

 

Description

What is the Screenwriting Crash Course?

The Crash Course in Screenwriting is a ten-part online course spread over five weeks which introduces you to, and enables you to master the key skills and techniques of writing scripts for the big screen, or the small. 

Course Overview

We will teach you  

  • to identify the dramatic imperative of scenes 
  • develop memorable characters 
  • write a killer opening scene 
  • write credible dialogue 
  • maintain the stakes 
  • create suspense 
  • think and write visually  
  • navigate the Hero’s Journey 

Each module ends with an assignment, that we undertake to respond to with full notes and suggestions within 48 hours. 

In addition to the online tuition, we also hold three Zoom meetings for all participants at the start, at the end and somewhere in the middle, to discuss issues that have arisen and questions you might have. 

Who should you do this course?  

Anyone who’s interested in film, or who’s considering establishing themselves as writers for hire, or who simply wants to stretch their wings will benefit. 

How much time do you need to complete the course?  

Each module can be completed in about two hours, which includes viewing the clips we’ve referred you to, and reading our notes. The written component of each module is best done quickly, in half an hour or less. 

Your course designers and facilitators

Michéle Rowe is a scriptwriter who has worked primarily as a head writer and story originator for television and film. Projects Michéle has originated, written or directed have been nominated for or won various awards, including an Oscar documentary and an International Emmy nomination. At present she works as a script editor, teaches screenwriting and is completing her third novel for Penguin. She has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town.

Richard Beynon is a story consultant and an award-winning film and television scriptwriter with a long and accomplished career in the industry. He has written for – or headed the storytelling teams of – many of country’s most popular soaps, dramas and comedies. These include S’gudi snaysi, Going Up, Soul City, Isidingo, Scandal, Rhythm City and Isibaya. A former journalist for the Rand Daily Mail, he has conceived, shaped and written scores of documentaries. He has lectured on writing for film and television at Wits.

With Michéle and Richard’s many decades of professional writing, film industry and teaching experience you’ll be in very capable hands.