Courses / Undergraduate

Fall 2021

  • Introduction to Screenwriting – Beginning Screenwriting

    180 001 | CCN: 23750

    J Mira Kopell

    Location: Dwinelle 226

    Date and Time: TU 9:00am - 11:59am

    4 Units

    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 fill out an application form at A writing sample is required (a creative piece such as short story, poem, screenplay, etc. or an academic essay).

    The deadline to apply is Friday, July 30th. Students considered for enrollment may be contacted by the instructor for a short zoom interview. Students will be notified of enrollment by August 10th.

    *While it is not necessary to enroll to the waitlist of this course to apply for admittance, you are still welcome to for your own scheduling or financial aid purposes.