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The Essential Screenwriting Course

Learn screenwriting, write a screenplay, and get it reviewed by an award-winning instructor

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Select a start date that fits your schedule.

Live sessions. Learn screenwriting. Finish a screenplay.

  • Live, interactive, on-line lessons with an award-winning screenwriting instructor

  • Apply what you learned by completing a short film screenplay that can be entered into one of our contests

  • Receive professional feedback on your screenplay, and a certificate of completion

Screenplay review

Our courses include a professional review of your screenplay from our award-winning industry professional instructors. You'll also receive a certificate of completion for the course.

Course Overview

When you start a screenplay some of the decisions you make on the early components can be some of the most fun but can also be deceptively tricky! This week’s lesson breaks down the initial building blocks and choices that will affect the screenplay's story, and includes tips on creating the most compelling choices for them.

Specific topics include:

  • How to write a Logline
  • How to choose the correct Genre and Subgenre(s)
  • How to brainstorm and choose a Title
  • Tips for creating a Theme - why this is both important and difficult, and different ways to approach it
  • Ways to choose Setting and Time Period

Course Details

  • Choice between 3-week or 1 week intensive courses covering the essentials of screenwriting
  • 5 live online lessons (75 min each)
  • Assignments and instructor feedback
  • Completion of a short film screenplay
  • Professional feedback on your short film screenplay
  • Certificate of completion

Plus 1-year membership to Open Screenplay, which includes:

  • Free access to all screenwriting contests
  • All features of our professional screenwriting software

See membership progam details.


$199 USD + taxes

Learn from experts & award winning instructors

Class dates

Jason Bash
3 Weeks
October 18
November 01
Every Tues & Thurs
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM(EST)
Laura Sweeney
3 Weeks
November 03
November 17
Every Tues & Thurs
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM(EST)
Jason Bash
1 Week
November 14
November 18
Monday to Friday
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM(EST)
Jason Bash
1 Week
December 12
December 16
Monday to Friday
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM(EST)
Jason Bash
1 Week
January 09
January 13
Monday to Friday
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM(EST)

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