For those who have always wanted to write for the screen but had no idea where and how to start. Through weekly writing, reading and viewing assignments, students will learn about screenplay structure, character development, dialogue, log lines and treatment writing. The final project will be an original, self-contained, short screenplay (12 – 25 pages) which students will write and revise during the final third of the 10-week session.
The “Screenwriting I” course offered at The Barrow Group served as a fantastic platform to jump-start my writing career. As someone who had no formal education or experience in the field, the class provided a very basic and intuitive structure to the art of screenwriting. Once the fundamentals had been establish, the professor, Lorrel Manning, reinforced these concepts by having the class read various screenplays from well-known films. We also immediately put these new skills to use by writing our own scenes. As the weeks passed, the writing went from single scenes to multiple scenes to our very own short films. Lorrel provided direct and invigorating feedback along the way to ensure we kept our dialogue and scene construction focused. Although the class has ended, the ongoing assistance from colleagues and Lorrel has been indispensable as I journey through my new career. By the end of the eight week program, I not only learned how to write a screenplay, I wrote one myself. I also made invaluable contacts in the industry with the same interests and aspirations as myself that I intend on valuing for the years ahead.
For students who have completed Screenwriting I: Introduction this ongoing workshop provides a laboratory for writers who wish to focus on the rewrite. Students are encouraged to bring in works-in-progress such as short screenplays, scenes from web series and/or scenes from feature-length scripts for feedback. Through organized feedback and exercises, intense focus will be put on structure, character development and dialogue.
Along with the weekly feedback session, students will also be given weekly reading and writing assignments.
If you have previous screenwriting experience, please submit a 10 page writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for this class, without taking Screenwriting I: Introduction