Screenwriting Courses

Screenwriting Classes and Workshops

Members have access to full course content for independent study.

Scheduled group classes range from 1 to 16 weeks in length. 

(See Fiction Writing for up-to-date list of courses.)

 

F112 Character Development
This course will guide the student toward a better understanding of what makes our characters tick. Lessons cover Character Shaping, Improvisations, Unity of Opposites and Motivation.

F114 Doing It With Dialogue
The purpose of this class is to emphasize the importance of dialogue. In the next three weeks, we will address the two main issues of dialogue: the what and the how. The what will explore how much detail we convey through the dialogue in what the characters are saying. The how is exactly what it sounds like; how are the characters saying it. In the final week, we will put it all together and see how far we've come.

F126 Story Structures (and Everything In Between)
This advanced, eight-week course will help the student gain a better understanding of story form and structure through reading and writing exercises.

F127 Story Structures Editing Workshop
The Story Structures Editing Workshop is an open workshop for those who have completed F126 Story Structures. This board has been made available for those to continue the work started in F126 and exchange feedback using what was learned in the class.

F130 Mythic Structure Part 1
Screenwriting, novel writing, short story writing, fiction or writing creative nonfiction, this course teaches the concepts behind blockbuster movies and best-selling novels. "The Hero's Journey has served storytellers and their listeners since the very first stories were told, and it shows no signs of wearing out. Let's begin the Writer's Journey together to explore these ideas. I hope you find them useful as magic keys to the world of story and the labyrinth of life."

F133 Mythic Structure Part 2
The writing course is for screenwriters, novelists, and short story writers. It continues to explore concepts and structures found in polpular movies and novels.

F135 Mythic Structure Part 3
The writing course is for screenwriters, novelists, and short story writers. It continues to explore concepts and structures introduced in Mythic Structure Part 1 and Part 2.

F137 Mythic Structure Part 4
The course concludes the Mythic Structure Writing series and prepares students for the Mythic Structure Workshop.

F138 Mythic Structure Workshop
The writing workshop will give Writers an opportunity apply what they've learned in the Mythic Structure Writing series.

F146 Let's Make A Scene
Novel Writing, Short Story and Screenwriting Course Learn how to build scenes for novels, screenplays and full-bodied short stories.

F148 Other Worlds in Science Fiction and Fantasy
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The objective of this Science Fiction and Fantasy writing course is to show the power of a mythic vision of the world when writing science fiction novels, fantasy novels, screenplays or short stories

F162 Character Driven Plots - The Big 5
A study in the use of psychological behavior models for developing realistic characters. This course has applications in all forms of creative writing. Those writing novels will find this course very useful in both the creation and revision stages.

F204 Introduction to Screenwriting
Good acting, terrific camera work, a quality soundtrack...it doesn't mean anything without a good story. In this screenwriting course, we'll explore the genre by looking at what sets it apart from novels, short stories, and plays.

F206 Writing the Screenplay - Part I
The 3-act structure? No problem. Turning points? Piece of cake! There are plenty of people who can identify the main structural points of a screenplay, but not many can translate that into a workable story. In this class, we'll take the principles of the structure and begin to tackle the daunting task of assembling a script, concentrating in this class on the setup and first 30 pages of that screenplay. Prerequisite: Introduction to Screenwriting

F208 Writing the Screenplay – Part 2
You’ve made it past the initial hurdle. Your script is underway! But there’s always the pesky second act, the middle of the movie. Sure, you can have a great opening and a great idea for an ending, but how do you keep people watching when the minutes tick by? This class will help you plan your second act so that the story keeps audiences glued to the screen.

F212 Heroes and Heroines (Sixteen Master Archetypes)
From the earliest days, storytellers have known the simple truth: strong characters may carry a weak plot, but weak characters cannot be hidden by a strong plot. But high or low, brilliant or average, characters whose stories survive through the ages are those heroes and heroines that ring true to the human spirit. Their personalities, tragedies and triumphs, their decisions made in the heat of the battle-strike a chord of recognition in all who hear the tale.

F228 So, You Want to Build a Fictional World, Do You? Part 1
So You Want to Build a World, Do You? This course will introduce you to the challenge of building a world of your own. It will help you to describe the world in which your characters live. You will develop your world from the ground up including geography, history, politics and more. Upon completion of this course you will have the physical, historical, and political setting for your story.

F230 So, You Want to Build a Fictional World, Do You? Part 2
So You Want to Build a World, Do You? This course is a continuation of So You Want to Build a Fictional World, Do You? It will help you to describe the world in which your characters live. You will start developing the sociological aspects of your world. You will delve into the Legal System, War, Crime, Transportation, and Medicine. You will also start to develop the general rules for life in your world. Upon completion of this course you will have the beginnings of the social setting for your story. This will also help in the development of your characters.

F232 So, You Want to Build a Fictional World, Do You? Part 3
So You Want to Build a World, Do You? This course is a continuation of So You Want to Build a Fictional World, Do You? Parts I and II. It will help you to describe the world in which your characters live. You will further develop your world from the Sociological aspects, including Enjoyment, Spirituality, and Magic, as well as, putting the finishing touches on your characters way of life. Upon completion of this course you will have completed the social setting for your story.

F253 Antiheroes
Creating Antiheroes: Antiheroes are protagonists who lack the attributes that make a heroic figure, as nobility of mind and spirit, a life or attitude marked by action or purpose, and the like. The Antihero’s approach is a Reflection in a Looking Glass, a mirror image of normalcy.

 

 

UPCOMING CLASSES

 New Classes Begin Every Week.
All courses are free to members.  

B101 WVU Orientation (Aug 02)

MFA105 Sentences: Tough, Sweet, and Stuffy (Aug 03)

L239 Louisa May Alcott Short Story (Aug 08)

B101 WVU Orientation (Aug 09)

MFA160 Flash Fiction - Making Flash Count (Aug 10)

B101 WVU Orientation (Aug 16)

B302 Giving Feedback (Aug 16)

MFA216 Voice and Style (Aug 17)

MFA505 The Homage or Tribute Story (Aug 17)

L240 Susan Glaspell Short Story (Aug 22)

B103 Grammar (Aug 23)

P180 Poetry Triggers - Playing with Sound (Aug 23)

B101 WVU Orientation (Aug 23)

MFA161 Flash Fiction - Using Images for Inspiration (Aug 24)

MFA709 The Difficult Imagination Part 3 (Aug 28)

B134 Proper Intertwining of Plot and Character (Aug 30)

B101 WVU Orientation (Aug 30)

MFA217 Magical Realism, Rules and How to Break Them (Aug 31)

MFA250: How to Hook the Reader (Aug 31)

L241 Willa Cather Short Story (Sept 05)

B101 WVU Orientation (Sept 06)

F220: Writing Boosters - Brainstorming for Characters (1 Week) (Sept 06)

MFA01 THE GENTLE ART OF THE PERSONAL ESSAY (Sept 07)

MFA162 Flash Fiction - Staying True to the Image (Sept 07)

MFA801 Six Memos for the Next Millennium Workshop (Sept 11)

B154 Finding Your Voice (Sept 13)

P172 Poetry Triggers - Using Music as an Inspiration to Write Poetry (Sept 13)

B101 WVU Orientation (Sept 13)

MFA251: Story Focus (Sept 14)

MFA218 Adding Humor to Fiction (Sept 14)

L242 Katherine Mansfield Short Story (Sept 19)

B101 WVU Orientation (Sept 20)

F2K Creative Writing Course (Sept 20)

MFA163 Flash Fiction - Meta-Narrative (Sept 21)

MFA02 THE PERSONAL (NOT PRIVATE) ESSAY (Sept 21)

B101 WVU Orientation (Sept 27)

F140 Short Story Workshop – Linear (Sept 27)

B105 Punctuation (Sept 27)

MFA252 Emotions and POV (Sept 28)

MFA219 The Purpose and Practice of Revision (Sept 28)