City’s introduction to Screenwriting course, taught by an award-winning and Critically acclaimed screenwriter, will equip you with knowledge to write feature film scripts in just 10 weeks.
City, University of London’s Screenwriting short course is perfect way to explore your passion for writing for the small or big screen. Whether you are pursuing a hobby or looking to kickstart a career in film, this course will give you a steady grounding to write scripts capably and confidently.
City’s Scriptwriting evening course is taught by a prize winning screenwriter and film director, with the experience to mentor you for a successful career in the filmmaking industry. The course is taught as evening classes, based at City, University of London.
Do you have a good idea for a film script but don’t know where to begin? Our practical Screenwriting short course will guide you through the complex world of scriptwriting – giving ‘top tips’ and developing skills to produce industry-standard scripts and thrive within the professional filmmaking industry.
Over the course of 10-weeks, City’s Scriptwriting course will give you the tools through every stage of the process, including:
Throughout the course, you will analyse filmscripts and clips across a range of genres and be given practical exercises to test your knowledge. You will prepare a pitch for a script idea and write and present a 1,200- 1,500 script treatment and a sample script.
The main focus is on screenwriting for the UK market but the US and European markets are also explored.
“ the screenwriting course really motivated me and inspired me” Christopher Bennett spring term 2018 ”
“ I loved the course – and I am planning to do it again. It was inspirational and I am convinced that anyone who is interested in writing a screenplay would benefit hugely from taking it. It was so helpful for me personally. ”
“ A very good course and I learnt lots – only wish there was a follow up course or second term! ”
“ Fantastic learning experience for film lovers and writers, regardless of experience. ”
“ Great introduction. Tutor's enthusiasm was equally marked by her knowledge. Thoroughly enjoyed the course and felt I got a very thorough introduction to screenwriting. ”
“ This course is engaging, fun and challenging. Dictynna is a great tutor. Highly recommended! ”
On completion of the course you will have acquired the basic tools to write a feature script. You will understand screenplay structure and have mastered character development and narrative. You will have a good grasp on the essential professional and industry aspects of screenwriting.
Week 1 - What is a screenplay? Writing a visual world
Week 2 - Elements of a screenplay (continued)
Week 3 - Character and conflict – with clips
Week 4 - The 3 Act 8 Sequence structure
Week 5 - Review and Regroup
Week 6 - Focusing your idea
Week 7 - Writing memorable key scenes and dialogue
Week 8 – Time frame
Week 9 – Genre and film
Week 10 – Industry/industry professional guests
We do not ask for any formal qualifications to enrol on the Screenwriting short course but if would be beneficial to have some knowledge of filmmaking or a keen interest in film.
You should be proficient in written and spoken English.
You are not required to take any official assessment, but you will be informally assessed in class.
All methods of assessment are carried out in a supportive and relaxed atmosphere. They include:
You will be awarded an official City, University of London certificate if you attend above 70 percent of the classes, however, our short courses are not formally accredited.
While we encourage you to read the books on the reading list for your course, we recommend that you speak to the tutor before investing in the purchase of any essential text
Maeve Murphy is an award-winning screen writer and film director. Her film, Beyond the Fire, won Best UK Feature at the London Independent Film Festival and was selected for New British Cinema at the ICA and received a UK/Ireland cinema release. It was broadcast on BBC 2, where it was made "pick of the day" in the Daily Mail.
Maeve’s feature Taking Stock, a romantic caper starring Kelly Brook, premiered at the Raindance Film Festival in October 2015. Taking Stock then won four awards at the Monaco International Film Festival and was released in cinemas in the UK in February 2016. Taking Stock was “popular on Netflix.”
Silent Grace, a film Maeve wrote and directed had its broadcast Premier on TV3 2017. " films of the week" Sunday Times. Silent Grace was also selected at no 38 in the Irish Times Best Irish Films Ever Made, 2 MAY 2020
See more from Maeve at www.maevemurphy.net