Courses / Undergraduate

Fall 2023

  • Introduction to Screenwriting

    180 001 | CCN: 23249

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

    Interested students should fill out an application form at by Friday July 21. Students considered for enrollment may be contacted by the instructor for a short zoom interview. Applicants will be notified of enrollment by Friday August 4.

    Note — it is not necessary to place yourself on the waitlist for this course. Instead, due to the limited space in the class, enroll in a back up course. Thank you!