Courses / Undergraduate

Fall 2020

  • Beginning Screenwriting

    180 | CCN: 24218

    J. Mira Kopell

    4 Units

    *This course will be taught via Remote-Synchronous instruction

    Lecture: Tu 9am-12:00pm

    Students explore the art and craft of developing and writing a feature-length, narrative screenplay.  Each writer pitches story ideas, develops a plot outline and completes a portion of their screenplay. All students will workshop outlines and scenes in class.  There are weekly writing assignments that guide the writer forward with their own project and highlight the rewriting process.

    Lecture topics include narrative feature concept development, analysis of a variety of story structures, plot outlining, character development, openings, scene structure, dialogue, screenplay form/style. 

    Prerequisites: No screenwriting experience needed.  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.