Course Description

Writing is a craft. As with most crafts, skills improve with practice. This course will present the mechanical skills necessary to prepare scripts for television and film, using the standard, industry-accepted format for feature films. During the first several weeks of class we will focus on some basics. After that, each student will write an original short film. Though lectures will deal with essential elements such as plot structure, character, and dialogue, the bulk of class time, and the bulk of what you learn will come from in-class discussion of your work and the work of your fellow students. By the end of this course students will have sufficient skills to write a theatrical feature-length screenplay. Previous writing experience is not necessary.

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This course is an open enrollment course. No application is required and registration is available by clicking "Add to Cart." Current students must register with their Georgetown NetID and password. New students will be prompted to create an account prior to registration.

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11:00AM to 2:00PM
Jan 16, 2021 to Feb 20, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Course Tuition
Tuition non-credit $495.00
Section Notes

Flex Learning is real-time learning using live Zoom video conferencing— mirroring a more traditional classroom with regular interaction, engaging activities, and the dynamic exploration of topics and concepts."


  • Dynamic exploration of topics, ideas and concepts with the instructor and students in the class

  • Interact regularly and frequently with your instructors and other students

  • Comparable level of accountability and engagement as classroom attendance

  • Lectures, discussions, and presentations occur at a specific hour

  • Face-to-face discussion, individual guidance, speed and immediacy to synchronous online learning

  • Immediate feedback - encouraging quick feedback on ideas, and support consensus and decision making

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