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What career opportunities can this lead to?

The college offer a wide variety of leisure courses, including Advanced Creative Writing. Please browse the website for further details.

What are the entry requirements?

This course would be perfect for anyone looking to write for the stage or screen, as well as those considering pursuing a degree in Scriptwriting who would like a strong core understanding of the subject before embarking on a degree course.

Anyone suitably motivated can join.

What does this programme involve?

This course will teach you how to write for the stage and screen, starting with how to format your scripts and screenplays to industry standards. We will also consider the value of writing with images, and why they are so important on the screen, learn about the difference between your 'story' and your 'plot', and focus on various methods to plan and structure your scripts. There is also scope to consider writing for radio, podcasting and comic books depending on the interests of the group.

Areas covered on the course include:

* Basic Formatting: You will learn how to correctly format your screenplays in accordance with industry standard.

* Story vs Plot: You will learn the fundamental differences between story and plot in your screenplays. Understanding the fundamental differences between these two pieces of narrative structure give writers a better chance of producing quality pieces of work.

* Writing with Images: Writing in a visual medium is very different from writing prose; students will learn the importance of applying a visual consideration to their work. Images can provide tone, context and thematic resonance in visual pieces, something unique to writing for the screen - an understanding of this concept can help students produce content that stands out over other writers.

* Dialogue, Description and Action: You will understand the importance of dialogue in your screenplays, as well as learning the best way to deliver verbal information in your pieces and how dialogue on the screen differs to prose and theatre.

Description and action are the backbone of screenplays. You will learn how to write and structure description and action sections of your screenplays, as well as the pitfalls of overwriting - a common mistake from learners who are used to writing in regular prose as oppose to for the screen.

* Structuring Your Story: Three act structure, five act structure, the Writer's Journey - all stories have a beginning, middle and end. You will learn how to plan and structure your screenplays in accordance to several different creative theories and discover what exactly happens during and between each stage of a story. You will learn the differences between each of the main creative theories and apply them appropriately to your own ideas, bringing your screenplays closer to the desired industry standard.

* Pacing and Beat Sheets: Plot the movement of your stories and plots, as well as learn how to pace your action and dialogue in order to create an exciting and smooth visual or auditory experience. This is an expansion of the structure lesson and will help students bring their work in line with industry standards.

* Further Structures: Students will learn about alternative structure narratives that can help them to develop their stories and plots further. Non-linear narratives are exciting but often used incorrectly, alternative narratives can be used for a variety of reasons and this lesson will unpack those reasons for the student.

* Story vs Plot (Continue) and Dialogue vs Exposition: A further look into the two key components of scriptwriting, the pillars on which all good scripts are built.

* Writing for Television - series 'bible', development and submissions: When developing a series idea, a big part of the process is creating a 'series bible', these documents are needed for submission as well as being beneficial for the writers themselves while writing the episodes. This lesson will break down the ins and outs of what can go into a series bible as well as take some time to look at some documents from famous television shows.

* Getting Your Work Out There, Agents or Independent, further study and Q and A: Examining the next steps that a student can take with their scriptwriting - what do they want from the industry? Who is best to provide it? As well as a Q and A session for any unanswered questions.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

The students will gain knowledge and understanding of the outlined topics through demonstration, discussion and practice.

There are no formal assessments for this course. A college certificate will be awarded on request.

What else do I need to know?

Please bring pen and paper to the classes.

No other additional costs are anticipated.

Dates for the diary

Our part-time open event is held every June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1270.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form through our Adult and Community Learning team by telephone 023 8091 1270 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Adult and Community Learning team.

Course Code


Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
C420A Eastleigh College 25/09/2018 Tue 19:00 – 21:00 10 £152.00 £152.00 Apply now

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Need any further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any course costs and/or the funding options available to you, the College has a dedicated Adult and Community Learning team who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1270.

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