What opportunities will this course give me?

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

What will I be learning?

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.

Why is this course for me?

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 do I need to sign up?

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.

Is there anything else I need to know?

Please bring pen and paper to the classes.

No other additional costs are anticipated.

Application Information

Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.

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12/1/2021 - Apply Now


Eastleigh College

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19:00 – 21:00





24+: £160.00

Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
C420A Eastleigh College 12/1/2021 Tue 19:00 – 21:00 10 £160.00 £160.00 Apply now

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Please note all courses descriptions may be subject to change.