An Introduction to Screenwriting


6 week course
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST
Instructors: Joe Graceffa & John D’Arco

Coming 2023


Three Spidermen in one movie? Not talking about Bruno? These magical moments of sight and sound all began in a different medium: the written word. Once on the big screen, movies have a remarkable ability to move and thrill, but it is the screenplay that functions as the initial seed from which all that filmmaking magic grows. This course is designed for students who want to plant that creative seed and write their own screenplays. Taught by one working professional screenwriter and one former professional screenwriter, this course will teach students how to structure compelling stories, develop intriguing characters, create tension-filled scenes, and write memorable dialogue.  Students will have an opportunity to explore topics relevant to them and the world around them.  Students will learn about act breaks, character arcs, the point of attack and countless other screenwriting tools and techniques. The class will be structured so that students learn new skills as they work on their own screenplays and get feedback during workshops from teachers and fellow students. By the end of the class, each student will have completed their own short screenplay. Note that the teachers cannot give any guarantees that students will sell their screenplays for millions of dollars upon completion of this course.


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