Best Screenwriting Courses

Find the best online Screenwriting Courses for you. The courses are sorted based on popularity and user ratings. We do not allow paid placements in any of our rankings. We also have a separate page listing only the Free Screenwriting Courses.

Inspirational Screenwriting. The #1 Screenwriting Course!

Learn the screenwriting secrets behind successful cinematic stories in the world of film & television script writing.

Created by PAUL CASTRO - Inspirational Screenwriting

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Students: 12651, Price: $99.99

Students: 12651, Price:  Paid

Paul Castro the original writer of the Warner Bros. hit movie, AUGUST RUSH.He is a produced, award winning screenwriter and world-renowned screenwriting professor. Success leaves clues and so do masterfully crafted screenplays that sell for millions of dollars.

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20 brisk segments.

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Professional screenwriting techniques

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Plot development for the big screen

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Creating compelling characters to attract movie stars

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Winning dialogue

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Structure to serve as the blueprint for your movie

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Scene construction to evoke suspense

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Sequence writing to manage an ensemble cast

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Good movie idea to writing a great feature film screenplay!

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And so much more!

Entertainment industry professionals celebrate Paul Castro:

“A truly inspirational experience. I left Paul Castro’s class more prepared.Invaluable!” Rick Rapoza. Sold his script for $500,000.

“What clearly resonates with me is Paul’s love for and dedication to his students and to storytelling. He is a composed and practical artist and teacher, yet highly imaginative in his approach.”Michael Eisner, Former CEO of The Walt Disney Company.

“Paul Castro teaches screenwriting from the inside out.”Richard Walter, UCLA Screenwriting Chairperson.

"Paul Castro is exceptionally skilled at his craft."Bill Badalato TOP GUN, MEN OF HONOR.

“Paul is one of the best screenwriters I’ve known in my 50 plus years of movie making.”Oscar winner, Shirley Maclaine

“RUNNING WITH GOD… Spectacular writing!”Oscar nominated Terrence Howard, IRONMAN, AUGUST RUSH.

“Paul Castro teaches with elegant style." Sean Astin, LORD OF THE RINGS.

“I was taken with his understanding of cinematic writing.”Ross Greenburg, Producer MIRACLE.

“Clear and concise offering aspiring screenwriters the tools necessary to go from baby screenwriter to working professional. I am forever grateful.”Yule Caise, HEROES

“Paul is simply one of the best I’ve worked with.”

Don Ranvaud, CITY OF GOD

Screenwriting & Storytelling Blueprint: Hero’s Two Journeys

Filmmaking is all about storytelling. Screenwriting experts Michael Hauge & Chris Vogler teach this game changing class.

Created by IFH Courses - Filmmaking, Screenwriting & Best Selling Udemy Instructors

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Students: 11931, Price: $129.99

Students: 11931, Price:  Paid

Experience two of Hollywood’s most sought-after story
experts, authors and lecturers with Screenwriting and Story Secrets: The Hero’s Two Journeys.

If you’re a screenwriter, novelist, filmmaker, game developer or storyteller in any arena, this course will empower you to captivate your readers and audiences to achieve both artistic AND commercial success.

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In more than 4½ hours of lecture, discussion and Q&A, Michael Hauge, author of Writing Screenplays That Sell and Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read; and Christopher Vogler, story analyst and author of The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure For Writers, unite to reveal the essential principles of plot structure, character arc, myth and transformation.

If you want to elevate your scripts and stories – AND your career -- to the highest possible level, this class is a must.

They DON'T teach you this in Film School!

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Here is what two top screenwriting teachers say about the course…

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see two of Hollywood’s finest and smartest teachers combine their masterful approach to plot, character and commercial success.” - Rich KrevolinScreenwriting Professor at USC; Author of Screenwriting From the Soul and How to Adapt Anything into a Screenplay

“Wow! Michael Hauge and Christopher Vogler ignite the room. I’ve been a pro for nearly 20 years, and in one day this double-barreled seminar made me a better screenwriter.” - Eric Edson, Director of Graduate Screenwriting at Cal State University Northridge; Author of The Story Solution: 23 Steps All Great Heroes Must Take

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Some of Chris Volger's clients are:

  • Paramount Pictures - THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES, BEOWULF

  • Roland Emmerich - 10,000 B.C.

  • Will Smith - I AM LEGEND, HANCOCK

  • Helen Hunt - THEN SHE FOUND ME

  • Darren Aronofsky - THE WRESTLER

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Here what people are saying about Michael Hauge:

“No one is better than Michael Hauge at finding what is most authentic in every moment of a story.” - Will Smith

“I met Michael through Will Smith, who brought him in as a consultant when we were developing The Karate Kid for me to direct. I have asked for his input and guidance on every project I’ve done since." - Harald Zwart Director: The Karate Kid; Agent Cody Banks

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Michael and Chris will discuss:

The Hero's Outer Journey: They explain the important structural principles that move any successful plot forward.

The Hero's Inner Journey: The deeper aspects that form the heart of the story. The Hero’s self is experienced or revealed.

And as a BONUS you get: The Journeys of Erin Brockovich

Michael and Chris an in-depth breakdown the Oscar® Winning Film "Erin Brockovich." They show you The Hero’s Two Journeys in action.

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Here's what you will learn from Screenwriting and Story Secrets: Understanding The Hero’s Two Journeys

  • Master the essential elements of story for film, television and fiction

  • Unite the outer journey of PLOT with the inner journey of TRANSFORMATION

  • Achieve the single ESSENTIAL goal of all storytelling

  • Guarantee both commercial AND artistic success

  • Maximize the emotional involvement of your audiences and readers

  • Employ the key principles of the Hero's Journey

  • Identify the 5 essential turning points for any screenplay or novel

  • Create 3-dimensional characters using wound, belief, fear, identity and essence

  • Harness the power of the 7 mythical archetypes.

  • Recognize the Hero's Two Journeys in successful films and fiction

  • Define your own HERO'S JOURNEYS

...and much more.

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Who is Alex Ferrari? As the founder of Indie Film Hustle it's Alex  goal to bring the best information and education he can to indie filmmakers, screenwriter, storytellers and entrepreneurs.

When the opportunity to work with two story and screenwriting legends like Michael Hauge and Chris Volger and present their work to the Udemy community he jumped at the chance.

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Important information before you enroll:

  • In case you find the course useless, don't forget you are covered by a 30 day money back guarantee, full refund, no questions asked!

  • Once enrolled, you have unlimited, lifetime access to the course!

  • You will have instant and free access to any updates we'll add to the course.

  • I will give you my full support regarding any issues or suggestions related to the course.

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Enroll NOW and take your writing and storytelling to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL! Let's get started!

Learn Screenwriting Basics from ‘The Avengers’

30 minutes is all it takes to learn the basics of writing movies.

Created by Ryan Estabrooks - Screenwriter

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Students: 7299, Price: Free

Students: 7299, Price:  Free

New to screenwriting? Want to know how big movies are written?

Enroll in this course and you'll  learn the basics of screenwriting using 'The Avengers' as a prime  example of how to write your first movie.

Learn how the writers behind 'The  Avengers' structured the movie, how they built fantastic characters and  used character goals to fuel the story.

Master Screenwriting Methods Utilized in 'The Avengers' and Use Them in Your Own Screenplays

  • Participate in writing activities based on lessons learned from 'The Avengers'.

  • The activities start small and gradually build up, never overwhelming you.

  • After completing all writing activities, you will have an outline for your next movie!

Beef Up Your Screenwriting Skills by Seeing How Big Movies are Written

'The Avengers' is one of the biggest films of all time and a  milestone achievement in modern movie storytelling. So what better movie  to learn the basics of screenwriting from than this one?

Even though there are many characters in 'The Avengers', the  story itself follows a solid, 3-act structure that is easy to grasp and  learn. There is a clear beginning, middle and end with easily  identifiable characters. In this course, we dive deep into the mechanics  of 'The Avengers', pulling back the curtain and breaking it down to the  core elements: act structure, characters goals, obstacles, and more.

Content and Overview

This course has 8 total lessons and 30+ minutes of video content,  geared towards beginning screenwriters. If you have 30 minutes to  spare, you can learn the basics of screenwriting! There is no filler  here, just the core concepts you need to know.

First, we will start with the beginning of each movie's genesis -  the story concept. Then, we will look at creating characters with goals  and weaknesses. Finally, we will break down the details of each of the  three acts that will make up your next screenplay.

After completing this course, you will understand the basic  foundation of how the biggest movies are written. Even better, after you  complete all activities in the included workbook, you will have an  outline written for your next movie!

Beginning Screenwriting made EASY – Screenwriting Course

Screenwriting doesn't have to be hard

Created by Word Dancer - Screenwriter - Winner of Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting

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Students: 6941, Price: $139.99

Students: 6941, Price:  Paid

Learn screenwriting the FAST, EASY, SIMPLE way in this online beginning script writing course :)

This is a step-by-step approach to screenwriting. We'll go over all the basics that you need for planning your movie script including the idea, structure and characters, script writing, screenplay format and what to do after writing the first draft.

This course is PRACTICAL, time-saving and easy to understand. You CAN learn screenwriting without going to film school. Absolute beginners to script writing welcome:)

Click to buy and begin your screenwriting journey NOW!

Screenwriting Workshop

Turn your idea into a screenplay worthy of being Hollywood's next hit!

Created by Dani Alcorn - Author and Screenwriter

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Students: 6008, Price: $109.99

Students: 6008, Price:  Paid

Do you have a great idea for a movie and want to turn it into a screenplay? Have you already started a screenplay and gotten stuck? Have you finished a screenplay but feel it needs polish? Screenwriting Workshop shows you how to accomplish all of these things and helps you market your work and get it onto the big screen.

In these fun and lively lessons, Dani Alcorn guides you on the path to success. You'll learn how to create and polish a screenplay step by step. Topics include:

  • Story Structure
  • Creating Compelling Characters
  • Using Archetypes to Flesh Out Character
  • The Hero's Journey
  • Creating Treatments that Sell
  • Developing the Perfect Beginning and Ending
  • Making Your Theme Resonate
  • Crafting Dialogue that Rings True
  • Creating Action that Packs a Punch
  • Controlling Pacing
  • Screenplay Formatting
  • Pitching a Great Idea
  • Designing the Perfect Logline
  • Online Resources for Screenwriters
  • Marketing Your Screenplay

Whether you're just getting started or you're an experienced screenwriter, Screenwriting Workshop helps you turn your dream into a reality.

Screenwriting for Beginners

How to write and format a feature length screenplay

Created by David Ford - Screenwriter, Director, Actor, Proudcer

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Students: 4601, Price: $19.99

Students: 4601, Price:  Paid

This course covers the basics in screenwriting format with two 'hands-on' instructional videos which teach you everything you need to know in how to format and develop an industry standard screenplay. There are many courses that offer the same thing but not from produced screenwriters. I don't teach theory here, I teach practicality. After this short course you will be able to create a screenplay.

The Business of Screenwriting MasterClass

Learn the inside secrets about creating a career as a working screenwriter in Hollywood. Filmmaking!

Created by PAUL CASTRO - Inspirational Screenwriting

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Students: 2771, Price: $19.99

Students: 2771, Price:  Paid

*** Over 1800 Students Enrolled and Counting ***

Screenwriters are creative, but not all understand how art and commerce merge to create wealth and a lasting career. This course unveils the intricate maze of the business of the entertainment industry biz-ness. Go from a want-to-be to a fine-tuned professional making a healthy living while sharing your creative genius with the world.

5 Star Reviews!

The thing that makes this course so valuable is that it teaches you how to actually make a living and thrive as a professional screenwriter. I have always been a creative artist and writer, but now I know how to actually have a career. He should have his own TV show as he is super informative, entertaining, and always compelling to keep me watching. I hate giving 5 stars as it seems cliche, but he earned it. Thanks again! - Edward Mora

What you will learn:

  • Expertly navigate the intricate business maze of the entertainment industry
  • Securing an agent, manager, or entertainment lawyer
  • Successfully choosing a marketable idea that is still in harmony with your value system 
  • How to attach a movie star to your project
  • Understanding source material
  • Obtaining rights from a novel 
  • Reading a room
  • Understanding energy, pacing, voice cadence, 
  • Belief in your idea, higher ideals 

...and a plethora more.

They DON'T teach you this in Film School!

Paul is both knowledgable, and well able to present information in a clear and engaging manner. He is also hugely encouraging and motivational. I recommend this, and his writing The Million Dollar Screenplay course, to any writer serious about entering and moving ahead in this industry. - Anita Daher

Who is this for: 

  • Those who want to make a living as a professional screenwriter should take this course.
  • This course teaches screenwriting students about the business side of the entertainment industry, thus trading daydreams for dollars to make a healthy living as a professional screenwriter.

Paul breaks down the nuts and bolts of what you need to do if you want to play in the world of Hollywood as a writer and filmmaker.  Simply put, be smart, be respectful, and put in the hustle. - Scott McMahon

The structure and tangible guidelines this course offers for a successful career as a working, professional writer is quite profound, yet incredibly digestible to understand and incorporate.  I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to make a living as a screenwriter. - Sonya Thompson

So take peak behind the film business curtain and learn the ins and outs of the screenwriting game. 

Screenwriting Toolkit: The Dialogue Writing Masterclass

Crafting Fresh Dialogue That Snaps, Crackles and Pops Off Your Screenplay Pages

Created by IFH Courses - Filmmaking, Screenwriting & Best Selling Udemy Instructors

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Students: 2563, Price: $49.99

Students: 2563, Price:  Paid

Join over 30,000 students learning from our courses!

There are three kinds of feelings when reading a script - yes, no, and WOW! Your job as a screenwriter is to create that WOW! feeling on as many pages as possible. But writing authentic, sparkling, well-crafted dialogue that individualizes characters and entertains the reader is the ultimate challenge for screenwriters, who otherwise may have solid script elements, and yet are bound to fail because of flawed dialogue.

In Writing Dialogue for Emotional Impact, bestselling author Karl Iglesias will showcase dozens of dialogue techniques and lots of examples from highly successful screenwriters that turn bland, on-the-nose dialogue into striking speech that snaps, crackles and pops off the page.

How-to books and seminars discuss dialogue superficially and are more often prescriptive than enlightening. They focus on what dialogue must do but neglect to discuss specific techniques on how to do it. Expanding on the essential elements of all successful scripts - the reader's emotional experience - this course will analyze great dialogue and offer helpful dialogue rewriting exercises.

If you're looking to raise your dialogue to professional standards, Writing Dialogue for Emotional Impact is the course for you.

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What people are saying about our courses: 

Very helpful. Adds depth to your understanding and intuitive insights which you surely had if you happened to play with video shooting and editing without doing any learning beforehand. It's enriching. The movie samples are great as the clarify the points. Love it! - Yosi Tsitsu

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Most seminars and books attempt to teach the frustrated screenwriter what to do and what not to do; this course will outline how to do it - how to develop habits that will lead to more joy in the writing process and better scripts.

Award-winning UCLA screenwriting instructor Karl Iglesias takes an in-depth look at the most challenging area for screenwriters: how to avoid “on-the-nose” dialogue and create dramatic interactions that have subtext—the true meaning and emotions behind the spoken words.

Along with great examples from successful screenplays, these courses includes:

  • Ten proven techniques for creating subtext in your dialogue.

  • Three reasons why subtext is such a big deal.

  • The dramatic moments when “on-the-nose” dialogue is actually acceptable.

Did you know that 95% of novice writers fail at the concept? The concept is the core of the script. And most insiders agree that in Hollywood, the “idea is king.” You can create a great hero, write edgy dialogue, weave in a deep theme. But if you choose the wrong concept, or fail to develop it properly, you’re guaranteed an uphill battle at the marketing stage.

  • What makes a great idea, regardless of genre or whether it is a high or low concept.

  • The three emotional requirements of a great idea that create interest, excitement, and fascination.

  • Techniques to energize any concept, including soft-sells.

A screenplay should be as exciting to read as the movie will be to view, and this requires writing designed to involve the reader. Expanding on the key element of all successful scripts, the reader’s emotional experience, author Karl Iglesias discusses the basics of emotionally evocative writing.

  • Command attention on the page.

  • Energize descriptions.

  • Seamlessly weave exposition into description.

  • Trim the fat.

  • Choose the right words for emotional impact

Included in this course is the 10 Habits of Successful Hollywood Screenwriters

In Mastering the Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters, bestselling author Karl Iglesias will guide students to identify and develop the key screenwriting habits of A-list screenwriters, like Ron Bass, Akiva Goldsman, Gerald DiPego, Eric Roth, Nicholas Kazan, Ed Solomon, Scott Rosenberg, and more. He'll offer an insider's view at how these pros discipline themselves, create original material, conquer the blank page, eliminate writer's block, network, pitch, and persevere in Hollywood.

Modeling what works is the philosophy at the heart of this course. The secret to success in any field is to find what successful people do and think about and do the same. The difference between successful screenwriters and amateurs is that successful screenwriters do all the things that amateurs want to do but can't do, or don't know how to do.

If you want to elevate your scripts and stories – AND your screenwriting or filmmaking career -- to the highest possible level, this class is a must.

They DON'T teach you this in Film School!

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What people are saying about our courses: 

Very helpful. Adds depth to your understanding and intuitive insights which you surely had if you happened to play with video shooting and editing without doing any learning beforehand. It's enriching. The movie samples are great as the clarify the points. Love it! - Yosi Tsitsu

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This course is an effective way to have all these successful screenwriters to be your personal mentors. Study their habits, learn from them, and maybe their wisdom will rub off on you and arm you with enough knowledge and self-confidence to accomplish your goals.

By taking this course, you'll discover what it really takes to be a successful screenwriter in Hollywood, and either see similarities in your attitudes and ways of thinking or be inspired to adopt new ones. Whether you are filmmaking like a pro, making movies on the weekends with a DSLR camera or deep into the craft of screenwriting this is for you.

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Who is Karl Iglesias?

Karl Iglesias is a screenwriter and sought-after script doctor and consultant, specializing in the reader's emotional response to the written page. He is the best-selling author of Writing For Emotional Impact and The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters. He teaches at UCLA Extension’s Writers' Program, where he’s won the Outstanding Instructor Award for 2010, the Screenwriting Expo and online at Writers University. He also writes a regular column on the craft for Creative Screenwriting magazine.

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Important information before you enroll:

  • In case you find the course useless, don't forget you are covered by a 30-day money-back guarantee, full refund, no questions asked!

  • I will give you my full support regarding any issues or suggestions related to the course.

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If you've got the dream.

If you've got the drive.

If you've got the passion - but you're missing the knowledge and experience...this course will help you write and sell your feature film screenplay.

Enroll NOW! Let's get started!

Screenwriting – Mental RX for Success

You CAN learn screenwriting IF you banish gremlins that SCARE you out of writing a screenplay. Script writing motivation

Created by Word Dancer - Screenwriter - Winner of Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting

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Students: 2429, Price: Free

Students: 2429, Price:  Free

Knowing how to write a screenplay is only HALF the battle. And sometimes the easier battle. Feeling confident in your screenwriting abilities could be a much tougher challenge. You might feel...

IRRATIONAL (Am I crazy to think I can master script writing and break into Hollywood?)

INTIMIDATED (Am I cool enough to be around successful agents, producers, directors and actors in Hollywood?)

FEARFUL (Am I really good enough?)

DOUBTFUL (Can I do this if I have less experience in writing than other people?)

DISCOURAGED (Is there something wrong if I find this all difficult and overwhelming?)

I get it. We ALL feel those things. And the key to your success is how you HANDLE those fears.

I can help banish screenwriting "gremlins" so you can confidently write a script - put your dreams on the page.

You need to write.

You're not only helping yourself, but you are encouraging others to pursue their dreams by leading the way. The world needs you! Be the inspiration:)

Click and join now!

Screenwriting for Beginners- The Ultimate Online Course

Learn to write your first AWESOME SCRIPT quickly and easily!

Created by Irenej V Bosnjak - Filmmaker

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Students: 2000, Price: $89.99

Students: 2000, Price:  Paid

Learn to write your first AWESOME SCRIPT quickly and easily in this screenwriting course for beginners!

This course with a simple step-by-step approach will help you get the right skills to write your first script. It includes lessons for feature-length screenwriting and even a lesson that will let you know how to apply everything to your first short film too. Lessons are made in an easy to understand manner and you'll learn all the basics they teach at film schools.

You will learn how to find ideas, write a pitch page, how to structure your story, develop characters, write the script, how to use screenwriting software and how to battle creative blocks. I've also added document examples for you to see how each document and script looks like.

Because the theory is nothing without practice, there are special assignments for you to test out everything you'll learn. Practice makes perfect and you'll soon be able to write a script ready to be filmed.

I am updating and adding new videos regularly and you can also suggest me what you’d like to learn and can create a specific lesson from your request.

Join other students and advance your screenwriting skills now! You got this!

Not sure yet? Check out what other students are saying.

THIS IS YOUR TIME-SAVING WEAPON IF YOU WANT TO KNOW EVERYTHING FAST!

"Hi Ire,

I am writing you this email to thank you for this useful course. I was a beginner in video making and scriptwriting. With your course which explained in detail but at the same time, I could also understand everything without any difficulties, you helped me move on from a beginner level.

The whole course leads you with the most basic things then the knowledge spreads in all aspects. But it's really enjoyable, especially the movie lists. You are introduced to all genres and how they are used in famous movies. Then you have to eventually write your own as well. As the course continues you are pumped with the concentrated knowledge that the director, Irenej himself gained over the years... Man! This is your time-saving weapon if you want to know everything fast! Everything is organised and put in detail just for you!

Last but not least, regardless if you are a rookie of video making or a person who just wants to know this field, I guarantee you this course is your top choice and what's even better is that an experienced movie director and screenwriter, Irenej is always in line with you to tackle your problems.”- Li Wei-Zhe, Taiwan

GREAT INTRODUCTION TO THE FILMMAKING WORLD

"It was a great introduction to the filmmaking world for a total beginner. Definitely very useful knowledge, which was taught in a fine, clear and comprehensive way. Irenej is such a pure soul and always teaches with his passion and is prepared to give any additional information, advice and empower me to go further..." - Ms. Ines, Slovenia

THIS COURSE EQUIPPED ME WITH SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE

"To someone who works in the intersection of museums and heritage, experience design and Virtual Reality (VR), this course has given me an opportunity to learn more about the approach to storytelling from the film industry. I believe innovation comes from interdisciplinary collaboration and from merging knowledge and skills from both mature and emerging disciplines." - Dr. Kaja Antlej, Australia

Top 5 Secrets for Improving Screenwriting Skills

Ever wanted to know how screenwriters work and learn for yourself? Here’s your chance.

Created by James Renua's Express Skills Academy - Personal Development | Psychology | Teaching | Marketing

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Students: 1895, Price: Free

Students: 1895, Price:  Free

I’m sure you really want to write something to put on silver-screen and be proud that it’s your story hundreds of thousands of people are talking about. Well, you can either just go at it and encounter lots upon lots of difficulties and mistakes, or you can learn everything you need to know first and get at it like a pro. The choice is yours, but I would really advice the second option.

In this course we’ll go over everything about screenwriting. I will pass my knowledge onto you, so you won’t have to worry that you did something wrong. Easy as that, to be good at something, you first have to know that ‘something’ inside and out. That’s exactly what we are going to learn here.

What will you learn:

In this course we are going to discuss everything about screenwriting. While screenwriting is a tricky thing, we will get all that tricky information about it and sort it out. We are going to talk about what a script consists of, what does your crew and a director for your movie derive from it.

We are also going to learn some secrets professional screenwriters use and why their screenplays are so good. There’s much to learn and think about. We will be touching upon what we should put in our script, and what we should leave behind.

We will talk about the terminology and all those weird short words scripts have. You didn’t think you can actually learn something in 30 minutes? Think again.

Screenwriting 101: Writing for Film & Television

Real World Film School. Learn Film & TV from someone with a 30+ year career selling Film & TV Screenplays & Producing TV

Created by David Titcher - Professional Screenwriter

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Students: 1675, Price: $59.99

Students: 1675, Price:  Paid

My name is David Titcher. After attending UCLA Film School, where I was part of the most successful screenwriting class in the history of the film business, I've been a professional screenwriter for thirty years.

I've written film screenplays for “Around the World in 80 Days,” with Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and for “Morgan Stewart's Coming Home,” with Jon Cryer and Lynn Redgrave. I created the Librarian franchise with Noah Wyle and Bob Newhart that's led to three TV movies and which got me nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award and a Saturn Award and has since been turned into a TV Series, "The Librarians,” which was the highest rated TV Series premiere for all cable in 2014. I am a Writer, Executive Producer, and Co-Creator of FOX's new TV Series, "Houdini & Doyle." I wrote the miniseries “The Curse of King Tut's Tomb” featuring Malcolm McDowell and Hallmark's last Valentine Day's movie, “Be My Valentine” which starred Billy Baldwin. I wrote for sitcoms like “Who’s The Boss,” “Punky Brewster,” and “The Love Boat,” as well as for various Disney animated series. I’ve sold scripts and pitches in every possible genre and medium, including high-budget feature films, low budget films, TV sitcoms, TV dramas, TV movies, TV miniseries, and animation. I’ve worked for practically every studio and network.

I'm going to take you on a journey in writing to hopefully expand your process and your career. This course will take you through screenwriting from premise to outline to script and finally to the business and selling that script. It is perfect for any screenwriter, from those trying to breakout to those with a career trying to improve their work.

The course is broken down into the sections above and is primarily video lectures and PDFs. You will take it at your own pace and should be able to complete the roughly 2 hours of material within a week or two. The best way to take this course would be to work on a screenplay during it and completing each section as you advance.

Screenwriting Masterclass: Selling Your Screenplay

Learn to Sell Your Screenplay to Hollywood Producers & Investors.

Created by IFH Courses - Filmmaking, Screenwriting & Best Selling Udemy Instructors

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Students: 1291, Price: $59.99

Students: 1291, Price:  Paid

Join over 30,000 students learning from our courses!

Most seminars and books attempt to teach the frustrated screenwriter what to do and what not to do; this course will outline how to do it - how to develop habits that will lead to more joy in the writing process and better scripts.

The only way to guarantee a script request is to interest and excite the listener with your pitch. Presenting techniques from the most successful pitchers in the biz, author Karl Iglesias shows students how to ignite the executive’s interest. Topics include:

  • An insider’s view of the do’s and don’ts of pitching to producers.

  • The essential elements of a great pitch.

  • How to distill your story into a pitchable and enticing logline.

  • How to develop your verbal confidence by practicing your pitch until it shines.

You also learn how to deepen the reader's response. A must for any writer who’s mastered the basics but has yet to break the barrier. Focusing on the key ingredient of all successful scripts — the reader’s emotional response — UCLA screenwriting instructor Karl Iglesias shows students fresh ways to evoke emotion on every page of their scripts.

  • Why emotion is the key to successful screenwriting.

  • What readers look for talented writers.

  • “Good” and “bad” screenplay examples.

  • Why A-list screenwriters keep getting hired.

BONUS: Included in this course is the Screenwriting Secrets: Learn from Hollywood Screenwriters

In Screenwriting Secrets: Learn from Hollywood Screenwriters, bestselling author Karl Iglesias will guide students to identify and develop the key screenwriting habits of A-list screenwriters, like Ron Bass, Akiva Goldsman, Gerald DiPego, Eric Roth, Nicholas Kazan, Ed Solomon, Scott Rosenberg, and more. He'll offer an insider's view at how these pros discipline themselves, create original material, conquer the blank page, eliminate writer's block, network, pitch, and persevere in Hollywood.

Modeling what works is the philosophy at the heart of this course. The secret to success in any field is to find what successful people do and think about and do the same. The difference between successful screenwriters and amateurs is that successful screenwriters do all the things that amateurs want to do but can't do, or don't know how to do.

If you want to elevate your scripts and stories – AND your screenwriting or filmmaking career -- to the highest possible level, this class is a must.

They DON'T teach you this in Film School!

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What people are saying about our courses: 

"By far, the best director and cinematography course on the Internet." - Nate Carroll

"I really enjoyed taking this class. It wasn't just that the subject was interesting to me, but the teacher also made the class intriguing. I would gladly recommend this class to anyone who would be interested in." - Leah Ames

Very helpful. Adds depth to your understanding and intuitive insights which you surely had if you happened to play with video shooting and editing without doing any learning beforehand. It's enriching. The movie samples are great as the clarify the points. Love it! - Yosi Tsitsu

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This course is an effective way to have all these successful screenwriters to be your personal mentors. Study their habits, learn from them, and maybe their wisdom will rub off on you and arm you with enough knowledge and self-confidence to accomplish your goals.

By taking this course, you'll discover what it really takes to be a successful screenwriter in Hollywood, and either see similarities in your attitudes and ways of thinking or be inspired to adopt new ones. Whether you are filmmaking like a pro, making movies on the weekends with a DSLR camera or deep into the craft of screenwriting this is for you.

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Who is Karl Iglesias?

Karl Iglesias is a screenwriter and sought-after script doctor and consultant, specializing in the reader's emotional response to the written page. He is the best-selling author of Writing For Emotional Impact and The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters. He teaches at UCLA Extension’s Writers' Program, where he’s won the Outstanding Instructor Award for 2010, the Screenwriting Expo and online at Writers University. He also writes a regular column on the craft for Creative Screenwriting magazine.

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Important information before you enroll:

  • In case you find the course useless, don't forget you are covered by a 30-day money-back guarantee, full refund, no questions asked!

  • I will give you my full support regarding any issues or suggestions related to the course.

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If you've got the dream.

If you've got the drive.

If you've got the passion - but you're missing the knowledge and experience...this course will help you write and sell your feature film screenplay.

Enroll NOW! Let's get started!

Screenwriting Masterclass: A Complete Guide to Screenwriting

You'll master the entire scriptwriting process & come away knowing how to turn your idea into a great screenplay

Created by Video School - Learn Creative Skills

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Students: 1052, Price: $89.99

Students: 1052, Price:  Paid

You're here because you want to learn how to write a screenplay, right?

Perhaps you want to be a screenwriter in the film industry, or you have a story idea in your head and want to put it down on paper.

This is the right place for you to learn the entire screenwriting process.

We'll walk you through essential steps of crafting a great screenplay, including: how to come up with great story ideas, develop your characters, format your screenplay using free and professional applications, revise your draft, and steps you can take once you have a polished script.

Why take this course?

By the end of this course, you will have all the skills needed to write your own screenplay. Each section of the course builds upon the previous with new skills and practical activities. By taking action and doing these activities, you'll actually be writing your script as you take this course. So not only will you gain the knowledge and skills, but by following all of the course activities you can come away with a screenplay of your own!

Get instant access to everything you need to master screenwriting:

  • 3+ hours of premium video lessons

  • Downloadable guides and workbooks

  • Fun activities to help you take action

  • Instructor support and feedback

  • and so much more!

Course overview:

  • Learn the importance of originality

  • Find your unique writing style and voice

  • Develop a routine that makes you a productive writer

  • Create three dimensional characters, including your protagonist, antagonist and supporting characters

  • Write great stories with the 3-act story structure

  • Understand each act of storytelling

  • Write a synopsis for your screenplay

  • Build your synopsis into an outline

  • Write and format your script

  • Use Final Draft and free tools for writing your screenplay

  • Rewriting and revising your script draft

  • Advanced breakdown and analysis of films and screenplays

  • What to do after your screenplay is written

Who is your instructor?

The lead instructor for this course is Brian Birmingham, a professional copywriter who currently works in the film, television and gaming industry writing ad content, special shoot scripts, print copy and more. Brian has established himself as an incredible storyteller and writer, with several screenplays under his belt. Brian received his Bachelor of Arts in Screenwriting from one of the United States' top film schools, Loyola Marymount University.

Brian has partnered with Phil Ebiner and the Video School team to create this comprehensive course, and is super excited to share his knowledge with you.

If you want to quickly and easily learn screenwriting, this is the course for you.

Remember, there is a 100% money-back guarantee. There is no reason to hesitate. Enroll now, see if you enjoy the course, and start writing scripts today!

Cheers,

Phil Ebiner & Brian Birmingham

Film Screenwriting: Writing and Business of Screenwriting

Learn how to to write a script, register it, and position it to become a feature film.

Created by Faith in Dreams Edutainment - Entertainment Career Courses

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Students: 871, Price: $34.99

Students: 871, Price:  Paid

Working as a professional feature film screenwriter demands an understanding of development, rewrites, genres, marketability, drafts, studios, unions, and much more. This class provides a thorough explanation of all facets of the unique business of being a professional feature film screenwriter. 

Jeffrey Reddick Film Screenwriter

Jeffrey  Reddick has worked in the entertainment industry for over 23 years. He spent  the first 12 of those years working at New Line Cinema before rising to fame by  creating the Final  Destination film franchise. To date, there have been four Final Destination sequels,  which have grossed over $650 million worldwide.

Reddick's  entry in to the film industry came after watching A Nightmare on Elm Street at age 14 and  typing a 10-page prequel which he submitted to New Line Cinema. Though  rejected, the submission started an ongoing relationship with then Chairman,  Robert Shaye, and resulted in an internship at the age of 19.  Reddick  received a well rounded education in the entertainment industry.  During his tenure at New Line Cinema, he worked in home video,  development, accounting, TV and marketing.

Reddick  is a member of the Writers Guild of America and has sold or optioned dozens of  projects for film and television. Other credits include Lions Gate  Entertainment's teen thrillerTamara,  the remake of the George Romero classic Day  of the Dead, USA Networks'Return  to Cabin by the Lake.  Reddick  also adapted the novel Nine for  Constantin Film and served as a supervising producer on the TV series Dante's Cove.

Recently, Reddick had a supernatural TV series  called Near Death in development with producer Gale Anne Hurd's Valhalla Motion Pictures.   Prior to that, he had an animated series, The  Guardians, in development at The Cartoon Network.

Screenwriting: Write the Shockingly Professional Screenplay

Writer/producer Jeffrey Alan Schechter reveals the secrets he's used to earn millions in script sales and assignments.

Created by Jeffrey Alan Schechter - Screenwriter, producer, consultant, and author

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Students: 844, Price: $34.99

Students: 844, Price:  Paid

Writing a professional screenplay that stands out from the competition doesn't have to be a confusing mystery or heartbreakingly painful. Let me show you how I've been doing it for years.

My name is Jeffrey Alan Schechter and I've been a working writer for over 20 years. My writing has been nominated for two Emmy awards as well as awards from the Writer's Guild of America, the Writer's Guild of Canada, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. I'm a Gemini award winning producer and the author of the bestselling book My Story Can Beat Up Your Story! , Amazon's top-reviewed book on screenwriting. I'm also the creator and executive producer of the hit show Stitchers currently airing on ABC Family. I know this isn't the least expensive screenwriting course on Udemy but every once in a while you do actually get what you pay for. This course is guaranteed to turn your screenplay into the toughest kid on the block or your money back.

What I teach is no sterile paradigm, no BS system taught by failed writers. This is the same dynamic system that I've used in my 20+ year career as a working writer. It decodes the major storytelling moments shared by the most popular movies of all time so you can use them in your own writing. This system is based on simple to understand principles that I've used to generate millions of dollars in writing assignments and script sales. Seriously. It really works.

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING? LOTS!

Jeff has an acute understanding of the kind of story structure that makes for successful movies. By analyzing blockbusters he extrapolates a story construction model that is surprisingly simple and universally applicable. And, best of all, it works. - Tim Hill, Director. ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS, MAX KEEBLE'S BIG MOVE, MUPPETS IN SPACE

Writers have been searching for the perfect story structure paradigm for 2,500 years. Jeff Schechter may have found it. Take that, Aristotle! - Ian Abrams, Chairman, Dramatic Writing Program, Drexel University. Writer/ Creator EARLY EDITION, UNDERCOVER BLUES.

Screenwriting is an art, and Jeff Schechter conveys both the craft and soul of the trade. A gifted teacher, he provides methods which will help you both structure and elevate your best ideas. - David Sacks, Executive Producer/Writer. THIRD ROCK FROM THE SUN, THE SIMPSONS

A refreshing, no-nonsense, incredibly insightful primer for beginners and laser-guided tuner-upper for journeymen. And it's damned entertaining to boot. David N. Weiss, writer, Shrek 2, The Smurfs

Smart and engaging...brims with common-sense methods of breaking down and conquering the most stubborn structural problems in screenwriting.Alvaro Rodriguez, writer, Machete, Shorts

Since I took Jeff's course I've become a Hollywood screenwriter. I recently finished the first draft of a supernatural thriller which I was able to option after my FIRST PITCH to a producer. Now I'm on my next 'gig.' If it wasn't for Jeff I would still be writing my way out of page 55." – Scott M, AUSTRALIA

Jeff breaks down screenwriting structure into small, easy to understand bites. I finally think I'm comprehending screenwriting and how it works, and I owe it all to this class. If you only take one screenwriting class, make sure it's this one!" – Elissa T, LONG BEACH

WHAT'S IN THE COURSE?

This course is divided into four sections covering 41 lectures:

SECTION 1 -- STRONG FOUNDATIONS: Three acts, four questions, four archetypes & the perfect elevator pitch. This is the first section of the course but it's anything but basic! In this section you'll learn:

  • An enhanced understanding of the classic three act structure.
  • The critical four questions you need to know about your main character
  • How to craft a central question that charts your hero's physical, emotional, and spiritual journey.
  • How to ensure your main character fulfills his or her story destiny by transitioning through each of the four archetypes
  • How to construct a compelling 'elevator pitch' that lays out your entire story from start to finish

SECTION 2 -- THEME & CHARACTER: Knowing how to weave theme and character into a screenplay has been poorly understood and very under-utilized...until now! In this section we take a deep dive into the easiest way to understand character interactions and thematic integrity. In this section you'll:

  • Learn the power of theme (and scratch your head that so few people use it effectively!)
  • Determine the thematic question, thematic argument, and thematic synthesis of a story (it's easier than it sounds!)
  • Incorporate thematic opposites into your story through characters, props, and architecture.
  • Use the Unity of Opposites to align both the positive and negative characters with theme.
  • Learn how to easily create a cast of as many as 14 characters, both positive and negative, that inform and amplify your hero and villain

SECTION 3 -- BULLETPROOF PLOTTING: This is it! The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The 44 plot points that guarantee a perfect structure as well as the 12 story landmarks that all top films share. In this section we:

  • Work through the 12 foundation plot points of act 1.
  • Use the central cuestion to craft the plot points of act 2 so that they build upon each other in a professional, exciting way
  • Build act 3 using four essential plot points
  • Chart a story course with approximate page counts for the 12 major landmarks of your now bulletproof story

SECTION 4 -- THE TOUGH WRITER'S BUSINESS PLAN: If you want to be a professional writer, you have to treat the business like a business. The 16 lectures in this section cover all the advice I wish someone would have given to me when I was getting started:

  • The Big Lie and the Big Truth about a career in screenwriting
  • The best way to be a working writer according to the Writer's Guild of America.
  • Do you have to move to Los Angeles?
  • What's the best material to be writing right now?
  • Different ways to leverage your time and creativity
  • The surprising reason why you need to write something unproduceable!
  • When should you try to get an agent or a manager?
  • The reality about pitch and script competitions.
  • A solid plan to write 4 pieces of new material in less than a year.

41 lectures, hours of HD video, hundreds of images, clips, charts, and diagrams...this is an entire screenwriting course that you can watch on your computer, your mobile device, or on your tablet whenever you want.

I am so sure that this course will improve your writing that I offer a 30 day NO QUESTIONS ASKED refund policy. Take a month to watch and learn. If you want a refund, just ask and it's yours. Zero risk, maximum benefit!

READY TO GET STARTED

I hope so. This course represents over 20 years of professional, expert experience and contains information that has truly generated millions of dollars in sales and assignments. So let's roll up our sleeves and get ready to go write something awesome.

Introductory Screenwriting

Simple Steps to creating your first screenplay

Created by David Brady - Award winning writer, producer

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Students: 623, Price: $19.99

Students: 623, Price:  Paid

In this introductory course, students will be able to begin the process of writing their first screenplay.  It will be based on the traditional 3-act structure which is used in all drama, comedy and feature films.  You will be taken through the process of formulating believable and interesting characters, how to focus your screenplay on clear goals for your protagonist and the importance of creating challenging and equal antagonists.  We will cover a short 3 to 5-page outline and a 10 to 15-page treatment that will be the blueprint for your first screenplay.  

Master the Art of Screenwriting

Complete guide to writing an amazing short script using productivity skills practiced in all great writing.

Created by GetFilming Film School - An Online Film School and Community

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Students: 470, Price: $34.99

Students: 470, Price:  Paid

How many ideas for a great short film do you have in your mind but not in a script!? Take this course and learn everything you need to know to get those ideas not only into a script but into a film you can be incredibly proud of.

From coming up with original ideas and nailing the most crucial elements of the script to rewrites, feedback that will get your script to stand out this course will have you writing the type of scripts you always dream of.

The course contains information on:

  • Coming up with Original ideas
  • Planning a script
  • Getting all the essential parts of your story before you start
  • Finding problems early on and how to fix them
  • Building your stories bullet point and action points
  • Writing the script itself
  • Getting the right kind of feedback in the right way
  • Rewriting your script
  • Working with your script through production

You don’t need any prior knowledge of screenwriting to take this course. All you need is a something to write with and your imagination!

This course contains 20 video lessons presented by Adrian Mead, an accomplished writer and director who has worked with major networks in both the UK and US.

The course runs for 01.55.56

Screenwriting: Creating the Bulletproof 1 Hour TV Pilot

Learn how to craft the professional television pilot from award-winning writer and producer Jeffrey Alan Schechter.

Created by Jeffrey Alan Schechter - Screenwriter, producer, consultant, and author

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Students: 325, Price: $34.99

Students: 325, Price:  Paid

Pilot Season Never Ends!

The big opportunity for screenwriters has shifted dramatically from film to television, and the best way to get in the writing game -- TV & features -- is to write a professional, bulletproof 1 hour pilot script. A rock-solid 1 hour pilot script is not just a sample of your TV writing skills, but or your feature writing chops, too.

Thanks to cable, the Internet, and channels such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon the hunt for great shows is a year-round event. In this ONLINE VIDEO CLASS , Gemini award-winning television producer and two-time Emmy nominated TV writer Jeffrey Alan Schechter shows you how to structure the Bulletproof 1 Hour Pilot Script, teaching you the private system you can use to immediately to make your scripts professional and memorable.

In this online class you'll learn:

  • The 3 questions you need to answer before you write your pilot script
  • The 6 business reasons why an original pilot script is better than a sample episode of an existing series
  • The surprising insight why a 1 hour pilot script is also a killer feature sample.
  • The 4 reasons to write an episodic pilot and not a serialized one
  • The differences between cable & broadcast pilots (and which one is better to write)
  • The 5 essential steps to knowing your show
  • The 7 distinct characters you need to round out your cast.
  • A formula to quickly pitch your entire show (series, season, and episode)
  • The 9 bulletproof plot points of your Teaser & Act 1.
  • A step-by-step guide to tracking the A, B, and C stories through the entire script.
  • The 3 essential plot points that make up the final act and reset the episode so viewers are back next week, eager for more of your show.

The online class includes lifetime access to:

  • All lectures and updates, forever!
  • A downloadable file of all the key slides used in the course (a master course in pilot writing all by themselves)
  • The following downloadable breakdowns:
    • CSI:NY (Season 5, Episode 22) - This is a very clean Teaser/4 Acts breakdown of an EPISODIC show.
    • NCIS (Season 5, Episode 7) - One of the most popular shows on broadcast, this episode uses a Teaser/5 Act structure.
    • Breaking Bad (Season 1, Episode 6) - Some of the best writing on TV, this is an excellent example of a SERIALIZED show that follows the Teaser/4 Act structure but with heavy character development .
  • The following downloadable templates:
    • Blank Structure Template - 1 Hour, Episodic, Teaser/4 Acts
    • Blank Structure Template - 1 Hour, Episodic, Teaser/5 Acts
    • Blank Structure Template - 1 Hour, Serial, Teaser/4 Acts
    • Blank Character Template - A blank character chart to help you know which characters you need and what roles they play in your series.

You can find other courses that charge a lot more given by writers who work a lot less (sorry guys, you know it's true) but this is the only online course that packs this amount of current information into this concise a format with these many resources and all from a working writer who knows what you're going through and knows how to make it easier and better.

This course comes with a no hassle money back guarantee. After taking the class, if you don't think the information is worth it, tell us and you'll get your money back, no questions asked. And we'll still let you keep your access to the lectures, breakdowns, and templates. Just like Captain Kirk, we don't believe in the no-win scenario and neither should you.

Ready to get started? Good! Let's go write something AWESOME.

Mastering the world of Screenwriting Craft

Learn everything about the craft of screenwriting and how to master it

Created by Gabriel Syfer - Entering in the world of Screenwriting

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Students: 56, Price: $54.99

Students: 56, Price:  Paid

This course is literary for everyone. It covers all the steps from the conception of the initial idea until the final draft. It is a method that helps through creativity the awakening of your inspiration and how this can be captured on the paper. I believe that Everyone has a story to say and people need interesting stories to watch. This workshop will help you to master the craft and by the end, you won't be needing any guidelines. I have narrowed down everything you need to know without giving you unnecessary information that will just throw you off from your main target which is to learn effectively to knit your screenplay in a professional yet enjoyable manner. You will learn how to write dialogues, how to build from nothing a character with multidimensional layers that will stand out in your stories. How to create backgrounds in your worlds and how your story will become what every producer wants to read and triggers his curiosity. Since you have life time access you will be happy to know that I am planning to import new materials and researches I m doing on scripts so every time to give you extra hints you might have never thought of before. In any case I will do my best to transfer you the excitement I have for the craft of screenwriting as believe everyone hides a writer within.

Screenwriting 101 – Fundamentals of Screenwriting

Formatting, Structure, Character & More

Created by Scriptonia Screenwriting Platform - Screenwriter & Script Editor

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Students: 38, Price: $69.99

Students: 38, Price:  Paid

Welcome to Screenwriting 101! You will learn the terminology, the qualities a screenwriter must have, how to format your screenplay, the difference between plot, structure and story, how to structure your screenplay, creating characters and writing an intriguing screenplay in this course. There are also some important tips and other useful resources at the end of the course!

Screenwriting 103 – Hero’s Journey

How to Structure Your Screenplay

Created by Scriptonia Screenwriting Platform - Screenwriter & Script Editor

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Students: 34, Price: $69.99

Students: 34, Price:  Paid

Welcome to Screenwriting 103! Most of you have probably heard about the mythic structure of Joseph Campbell and Vogler’s book “Writer’s Journey” which is based on that mythic structure. It is one of the most popular books on screenwriting. If you haven’t heard it before, don’t worry. Because after this course, I am very confident that you will learn it. If you haven’t watched them yet, I talked about the basics of screenwriting such as formatting, structuring, creating characters in Screenwriting 101 and I taught the technique called Save the Cat and The Sequence Approach in Screenwriting 102. As to me, especially the course 102 and this one right here, will provide a breakthrough for you!

Screenwriting 104 – Rewriting & Polishing Your Screenplay

How to Rewrite Your Screenplay

Created by Scriptonia Screenwriting Platform - Screenwriter & Script Editor

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Students: 28, Price: $69.99

Students: 28, Price:  Paid

Welcome to Screenwriting 104! I’ll be talking about the ways of rewriting and polishing your screenplay. If you haven’t watched them yet, in my previous courses I talked about the fundamentals of screenwriting, the Save the Cat Method, the Sequence Approach and The Hero’s Journey. This course will focus on how to rewrite your screenplay according to Jack Epps’ book called Screenwriting Is Rewriting. Moreover, I think it is also a way to start a great 1st draft.