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Introduction to Screenwriting: free course goes live on Monday

Do you know how to set the scene or write a dialogue? Do you understand the term “cinematic form”?


On Monday 29 February, the University of East Anglia, in association with Creative Skillset, will launch An Introduction to Screenwriting, a free online course from the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. Using a mixture of theory, analysis and practical exercises – plus top tips on story, structure, character, dialogue and format – you’ll be writing better screenplays from week one. Better yet, once registered you can learn at leisure – sign up now!

This free online course will introduce students to the basic elements and key concepts behind a professional screenplay. The course is a must for anyone new to scriptwriting and for more experienced writers who wish to raise their scriptwriting to a professional level. It will establish a common vocabulary for approaching the screenplay and form the basis for upcoming courses in dramatic adaptation, the crime screenplay, and other genres and skills.

Over two weeks, participants will learn from a mixture of basic theory, script analysis and practical exercises, exploring and applying key concepts and ideas from great films through the use of videos, articles and discussion with other learners.

Key topics covered in this course include:

  • Story and Structure
  • Character, Dialogue and Voice
  • Form and format
  • Writing (and rewriting) the first draft

UEA are delighted to be working with Creative Skillset on this free online course, and the response has been phenomenal. Creativity plays a significant part in our university’s history and current successes, so this partnership is a great opportunity to invite a wider audience to share in UEA’s expertise. The course is currently reaching over 160 countries and it looks like it will be an enriching experience both for the learners and the course team here at UEA.” Helena Gillespie, Academic Director for Learning and Teaching Enhancement, University of East Anglia (UEA).

The course is one of a suite of eight, which has been developed for FutureLearn, following a £200,000 investment from Creative Skillset. To check out the other courses, please visit the Creative Skillset page on FutureLearn.

This free online course starts on 29 February 2016. Once registered, you can learn at your own pace and in your own time. Click here to sign up!

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Notes to Editors

About the University of East Anglia’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia has a long-established international reputation in literary studies. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), a major Government analysis of university research quality, the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing has ranked top 10 among UK English departments. 82 per cent of our research has been rated either 4* (world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent).World famous for our pioneering courses in creative writing, we are also home to prize-winning scholars and translators of literature and drama from all periods.

Our unique approach to the study of literature and writing is powered by our conviction that – to quote Ezra Pound – ‘literature is news that stays news'. At all levels of study, and on all degree courses, our School is the place where criticism and creativity go hand-in-hand. www.uea.ac.uk/literature

About Creative Skillset

Creative Skillset is the industry skills body for the Creative Industries. It works across film, television, radio, fashion and textiles, animation, games, visual effects, publishing, advertising and marketing communications. It works with and for the Creative Industries to develop skills and talent, supporting productivity and employability. www.creativeskillset.org