An Introduction to Screenwriting, Certificate | Part time online | FutureLearn | United Kingdom
14 days
109 USD/full
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This An Introduction to Screenwriting online course from University of East Anglia by FutureLearn explores the key concepts and fundamental principles involved in the process of screenwriting.

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Screenplays form the starting point for most dramatic films, the essential work from which all other filmmaking flows. All of the tender romance, terrifying action and memorable lines begin at the screenwriter’s desk. This free online course will introduce you to the basic elements and key concepts behind a professional screenplay.

The University of East Anglia’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing have built this course with instructors and recent alumni from their famed course in Creative Writing.

By the end of the  An Introduction to Screenwriting course from University of East Anglia by FutureLearn , you'll be able to:

  • Explore key issues in the practice of creating screenplays
  • Explain the basic principles of the screenwriting process
  • Identify the essentials of the screenplay format
  • Discuss the construction of a professional script
  • Design a story 'pitch'

Programme Structure

What topics will you cover?
  • Basic characteristics of screen story

  • Development of a basic storyline

  • Story structures including The Three Act Structure and alternate story structures

  • Characters and developing character outlines

  • The construction of scenes including the role of dialogue and character voice

  • The workflow for writing a first draft of feature film screenplay

  • The process for screenplay formatting

  • Writing – and finishing – a first draft

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 14 days

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • There are no formal requirements for this course, just an interest in screenwriting.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    109 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 109 USD for the full programme during 14 days.
  • National

    109 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 109 USD for the full programme during 14 days.

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