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Screenwriting

Telling a Dramatic Story

An Introduction to Screenwriting is a free online course helping learners get to grips with the basic elements and key concepts behind professional screenplays. Check out the FutureLearn site for details of the next course run.

Developed with famed School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia (UEA), each week 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

An Introduction to Screenwriting provides on-going training for professional screenwriters by reviewing the essential elements of dramatic story, examining common approaches to story structure and cinematic form, and establishing the essential elements of screenplay form and format.

The University of East Anglia boasts a School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing which is one of the top ten English departments in the UK. The Creative Writing programme has been awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in recognition of its continuing excellence in delivering innovative courses at a world-class level.