The Art and Strategy of Writing for the Screen

Writing | Cinema

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to writing for film and television. Class by class, participants will develop tools for crafting scenes, creating memorable characters, composing dialogue, constructing scripts, and sharpening pitches. Participants will begin preparing an original screenplay while having the chance to critique and learn from the writing of others. We will address many of the most basic and important questions in the field. Why do almost all films break down into three acts? Why is the question “What do I want the audience to feel?” so crucial? How can you make your characters not only credible, but also relatable? What techniques can be deployed to generate and maintain dramatic conflict? How can the climax you envision shipwreck your whole project? Why do the majority of films have a happy ending? What do you need to know about the world of film and TV in order to succeed as a screenwriter?

There are no books to purchase for this course.

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 9 students and that TMI does not allow participants to audit for free.

Course Details

Location: Atwater

First Session: Thursday, September 21st, 2023

Course Length: 12 weeks, Thursdays, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Instructor: Sam Wendel

Degree Credit: 3.0 credits

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Returning and new students will pay an increased flat rate for instructor-based writing courses. Tuition waivers may no longer be used for these courses.

Course fees are refundable in full before the first session. There will be no refunds issued after the first session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

Students pursuing studies for credit are encouraged to consult with their advisers as they register for courses.

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