Screenwriting Level 1 Two Day Intensive

at Gotham Writers' Workshop

(739)
Course Details
Price:
$190 6 seats left
Start Date:

Sat, Aug 14, 1:00pm - Aug 21, 4:00pm Eastern Time (2 sessions)

Location:
Zoom Conference
Important:
Price includes $25 registration fee, paid once per term.
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Description
Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 14
System Requirements: You will need an Internet connection and administrator access on your computer or laptop.
Class Delivery: Online classes draw together writers from across the globe. Our Online writing classes offer the same quality of instruction as our NYC classes, and, as much as possible, our Online classes replicate the experience of being together in a classroom with a teacher and fellow students. 

The classes do not take place in "real time," (with the exception of an optional weekly one-hour chat session). You can participate in class any time, day or night, but the classes advance week-by-week, and certain things should be accomplished within that seven-day time period.  

You can take an Online writing class from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an Internet connection. The majority of our Online students are located in the U.S. but we also draw students from practically every country in the world, which is part of what makes the Online classes so interesting. 

Aside from the convenience of time and location, you have a written record of everything that transpires in class, which you can print out and keep for future reference. 

Class size is limited, so that all students get personal attention: 
  • Level I 10-week Workshops, 6-week Classes, Intensives – maximum 16 students 
  • Level II 10-week Workshops (and Level III Fiction) – maximum 14 students 
  • Selling Seminars – maximum 25 students 
  • Level III 10-week Workshops (excepting Fiction) – 6 students

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this screenplay class:

Movies are the modern mythology—the stories we all watch for excitement, inspiration, and entertainment. So many genres and types: drama, comedy, action/adventure, science fiction, fantasy, thriller, horror, crime, noir, epic, western, war, romantic comedy, musical. Larger than life blockbusters or down-to-earth depictions of reality. Tales told with emotional verve and visual imagery we never forget.

A movie isn’t great unless it starts with a great blueprint—the screenplay. Here you will learn to write a script that is cinematic, as well as dramatic-writing craft and how to market your work.

Whether you seek to write shorts or features, Hollywood glamor or indie grit, we’ll show you to write screenplays that light up the screen.

The NYC One-day Intensives are seven-hour crash courses, giving you brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you’ve learned. Arrive in the morning with a desire to learn; leave in the evening as a more knowledgeable writer.

Intensives are open for writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.

Students may reschedule a One-day Intensive one time.

Screenwriting Intensive topics include: 
  • Plot 
  • Character
  • Scenes
  • Dialogue
  • Selling scripts

Still have questions? Ask the community.

Refund Policy

Note: This provider has a temporary cancellation policy for COVID-19 related cancellations which is as follows: 

We offer refunds if students withdraw two or more days before a class begins. This comes with a $50 fee, but we will likely waive this for Coronavirus situations.   

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Original cancellation policy (non-COVID-19):

All Classes (except One-days and Write-Ins)
For a refund or credit, contact us two business days or more before your class starts. You can either choose to hold a full credit with us good for one year on other Gotham classes OR you can opt for a refund less a $25 administrative fee and your $25 registration fee ($50 total).


If you need to withdraw after your class has started (or one business day before it starts), you won’t receive a refund, but you’re welcome to a Gotham credit less the price of Week 1 and your $25 registration fee, but we need to hear from you two business days or more before Week 2 meets for that to happen. After that point, no credits are available.


One-day Intensives
You may reschedule a One-day Intensive one time, if you notify us before the class begins.


If you notify us two business days or more before your class begins, rescheduling is free. If you notify us less than two business days before your class begins, there is a $25 rescheduling fee. If you don’t notify us until after your class begins, we cannot reschedule you.


You may get a refund (minus a $50 fee) if you notify us two business days or more before your class begins.


Write-Ins
If you withdraw two hours or more before it begins, you’re welcome to a full credit good for one year toward another Write-In. No refunds are available. If you simply don’t show up and don’t notify us in advance, you forfeit your money.


A few more things
Credits are valid for one year and cannot be changed into refunds down the road.Simply not attending class or notifying the instructor does not mean you've officially withdrawn.Some exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis for medical emergencies with a doctor's note.Refunds take up to six weeks to process.


Please understand, we can't issue a refund after classes have started, even if you miss your first class. Similarly, we can't offer you a credit one day before your second class or after that. We understand that other obligations get in the way of attending class, but these policies allow us to get other interested writers into class early enough to have a good experience, and this allows us to offer our classes at a reasonable price. 


Important Notes:

  • Students are allowed to join a class in the second week.
  • Only those who pay the tuition in full can be guaranteed a place in class.
  • Class dates and times may be subject to change. A substitute may be assigned or make-up classes added to the end of the term.
  • Auditing and the recording of classes are not allowed.For all classes, students receive a record of payment and registration.
  • Gotham reserves the right to remove any student at our discretion.
  • Gotham does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, socioeconomic status, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, or marital status.
  • Our courses are not intended to provide instruction that will result in the student's acquisition of occupational skills.
Start Dates (1)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
1:00pm - 4:00pm Eastern Time TBD 2 $190
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sat, Aug 21 1:00pm - 4:00pm Eastern Time TBD

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Question from Anonymous
How is your own material protected from being copied from anyone in the course?
Answer from Joan M. Verified Student
This class was an intensive and the instructor did most of the talking. What students offered was very minimal -- mainly rough ideas submitted before an outline was even created. That said, if someone like their idea and wanted to copy it, it was not formally protected.
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Question from anonymous
Is this class ok for students who have zero screenwriting experience?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hello, there! Yes, this is an entry-level course. Thanks!
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Question from Anonymous
Will this course help me put my ideas down in a useable, industry standard script?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! It will help with that, yes. You will be learning from people who have written in the industry, so they know all about it. Hope this helps!
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Question from Anonymous
Who is the teacher?
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! For the January 11th one, Tal McThenia is the teacher. The February 23rd one doesn't have a teacher assigned yet.
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Question from Claudia L.
In this course will we be writing our own material or learning how to breakdown a script?
Answer from anonymous
Hi Claudia! Josh here, from the Gotham office. In this course, you will be writing your own material AND learning how to breakdown a script, as well as participating in in-class writing exercises. Hope that helps!
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Reviews of Classes at Gotham Writers' Workshop (739)

(739 Reviews)
Screenwriting Level 1 Two Day Intensive
Reviewed by Joan M. on 3/14/2021
I enjoyed the class and learned a lot. The instructor was enthusiastic, personable and knowledgeable and kept the information coming. He had excellent answers for any questions and made me want to take more classes on this subject.
Screenwriting Level 1 Two Day Intensive
Reviewed by Haley G. on 5/20/2019
This course was great! I had Vanessa, and she gave an awesome overview of the screenwriting process, answering the group's (many) questions along the way while staying on track with her course material, too. Well worth the $—I now feel equipped to get started writing my own screenplay!
Screenwriting Level 1 Two Day Intensive
Reviewed by Elizabeth B. on 2/25/2019
This was an excellent intensive one-day intro to screenwriting, including the development and classification of ideas, the process of taking a script from idea through various stages to the actual writing of the draft, an in-depth discussion of structure and the way it has changed over time (from the 1970s to today, for example), and a quick but informative overview of the software used in the actual screenwriting process. Loved it, would highly recommend.
Screenwriting Level 1 Two Day Intensive
Reviewed by Matthew M. on 1/10/2016
I gained a lot of useful and practical tools for working on my first screenplay. Great overview of structure. Jeremy was delightful and engaging.
Screenwriting Level 1 Two Day Intensive
Reviewed by Anonymous on 2/24/2019
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