UC Berkeley Department of Film and Media

Department of Film & Media UC Berkeley

Courses / Undergraduate

Fall 2018

180 | CCN: 24648

Beginning Screenwriting

J. Mira Kopell,

4 Units

T 9:00am-12:00pm, Dwinelle 226

Students explore the art and craft of writing a feature-length, narrative screenplay. Each writer pitches three story ideas, chooses one concept to develop into an outline and completes the first act of the script. The class is part lecture, part writing workshop. There are weekly writing assignments with a focus on rewriting. No screenwriting experience is required.

Lecture topics include story structure, character development, openings, dialogue, scene structure, screenplay form/style.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor required. The class is open to juniors and seniors. Preference is given to Film & Media majors. Interested students should attend the first class session and be prepared to email a writing sample – a creative piece (short story, poem, screenplay, etc.) or an academic essay.