Screenwriting Level I: 10 Week Workshop

at Gotham Writers' Workshop

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Course Details
Price:
$444 6 seats left
Start Date:

Sun, Jan 08, 10:00am - Mar 12, 1:00pm Eastern Time (10 sessions)

Next start dates (3)

Location:
Zoom Conference
Important:
Price includes $25 registration fee
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Description
Class Level: Beginner
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
Teacher: Jeremy Wechter

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 about the craft of dramatic writing, how to write for the screen, and how to market your work.

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

This course gives you a firm grounding in the basics of screenwriting craft and gets you writing a screenplay.

Course components:
  • Lectures
  • Writing exercises
  • Workshopping of student projects (each student presenting work two times)
Screenwriting I is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals. Students must be 18 years or older.

Course Syllabus:

Introduction to Screenwriting:
The visual nature of movies. Screenplays as blueprints. Where to find ideas. Forming a premise. High and low concept. Hollywood vs. Indie. Genre. The usefulness of outlines.

Plot I:
Finding a major dramatic question. The three-act structure. The difference between classic plots and subtle plots. Making a story map.

Character:
Finding a strong protagonist. Handling other characters. Making characters dimensional through desire and contrasts. Creating character profiles. Showing characters through their actions.

Format/Description:
How to format a screenplay. Writing effective screenplay description.

Scene:
Scene defined. Length of scene. Tenets of a good scenes—importance, desire/conflict, structure, compression, visual storytelling. Sequences. Making a step outline.

Dialogue:
Dialogue's illusion of reality. Compression. Characterization through dialogue. Subtext. Exposition. Stage directions. Voice over.

Subplot:
The value of subplots. Romantic subplots. Other kinds of subplots for the protagonist. Non-protagonist subplots. Subplot structure. Finding subplots in your story.

Plot II:
Creating an effective opening section. Techniques for sustaining Act II. Creating an effective climax. Flashbacks.

Tone/Theme:
Developing tone through genre, world, and lightness/darkness. Consistency of tone. Theme defined. Types of theme. Weaving theme into a story.

Revision:
Exploration of the various stages of revision.

The Business:
Creating pitches. Studios, producers, and representation. How to get your pitch to players in the industry. Query letters. The life of a screenwriter.

Content may vary among individual classes.

Important:

  • Schedule posted is the Start and End date of the class. You may access the class at any time, day or night, within the schedule provided. Please see Online Class Delivery for more details.
  • Registrants will receive email instructions and information on how to access the online classroom.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

Still have questions? Ask the community.

Refund Policy

Please note, this provider has a temporary 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 COVID-19 related situations.   

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Original cancellation policy (non-COVID-19)

All Classes (except One-day and Zoom Intensives 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 and Zoom Intensives:

  • You may reschedule a One-day or Zoom Intensive one time, if you notify us before the class begins. After that first reschedule, there is a $25 rescheduling fee.
  • 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 (4)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Time Jeremy Wechter 10 $444
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sun, Jan 15 10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Time Jeremy Wechter
Sun, Jan 22 10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Time Jeremy Wechter
Sun, Jan 29 10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Time Jeremy Wechter
Sun, Feb 05 10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Time Jeremy Wechter
Sun, Feb 12 10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Time Jeremy Wechter
Sun, Feb 19 10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Time Jeremy Wechter
Sun, Feb 26 10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Time Jeremy Wechter
Sun, Mar 05 10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Time Jeremy Wechter
Sun, Mar 12 10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Time Jeremy Wechter
6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time Doug Katz 10 $444
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Mon, Jan 23 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time Doug Katz
Mon, Jan 30 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time Doug Katz
Mon, Feb 06 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time Doug Katz
Mon, Feb 13 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time Doug Katz
Mon, Feb 27 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time Doug Katz
Mon, Mar 06 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time Doug Katz
Mon, Mar 13 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time Doug Katz
Mon, Mar 20 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time Doug Katz
Mon, Mar 27 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time Doug Katz
12:00am - 11:45pm Eastern Time TBD 2 $444
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Tue, Mar 21 12:00am - 11:45pm Eastern Time TBD
10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Time Jason Greiff 10 $444
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Wed, Jan 18 10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Time Jason Greiff
Wed, Jan 25 10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Time Jason Greiff
Wed, Feb 01 10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Time Jason Greiff
Wed, Feb 08 10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Time Jason Greiff
Wed, Feb 15 10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Time Jason Greiff
Wed, Feb 22 10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Time Jason Greiff
Wed, Mar 01 10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Time Jason Greiff
Wed, Mar 08 10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Time Jason Greiff
Wed, Mar 15 10:00am - 1:00pm Eastern Time Jason Greiff

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