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Creative Writing Classes in NYC and Online with Professional Writing Instructors
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Screenwriting
How do you write a screenplay that might get bought by studio or a production company? Write a compelling script that’s impossible to stop reading, vividly cinematic, properly formatted, and realistically produce-able.

Our screenwriting courses will help you meet these criteria, and also guide you in creating characters, building plots, shaping scenes, sharpening dialogue, and, of course, peddling your script. Whether you seek to write big Hollywood movies or low-budget indies, we’ll show you what it takes to get in the screenplay game.


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Level I
Screenwriting | 10-week Workshop
 
Using a balance of lecture, exercise, and feedback on work from the instructor and classmates, this course gives students a firm grounding in all the basics of screenwriting. Everything is presented in a clear, accessible manner.
  • Begin a feature-length screenplay
  • Lectures on basics of screenwriting craft
  • Writing exercises
  • Present work for critique (two times)

Screenwriting I is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals.

View a course syllabus

(3.0 CEU)

New York City Classes  
Tuition: $420, Returning Students $390. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 14 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts Meeting Day Location Time Special Enroll
Oct 6 Mondays 555 8th Ave. 10:00AM - 1:00PM
No Class: Oct 13
Oct 6 Mondays 1450 Broadway 7:00PM - 10:00PM
No Class: Oct 13
Oct 7 Tuesdays 272 W. 10th St. 7:00PM - 10:00PM
No Class: Dec 9
Oct 12 Sundays 555 8th Ave. 12:00PM - 3:00PM
No Class: Nov 30
= Daytime Class

Online Classes  
Tuition: $399, Returning Students $369. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 16 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts New Lecture Location Time Special Enroll
Aug 19* Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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Sep 16 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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Oct 14 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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Nov 11 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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* You can still enroll in this class!

Advanced
Screenwriting | 10-week Workshop
 
Focusing on developing projects and receiving feedback from the instructor and classmates, this course helps students sharpen their skills and work toward completion of a saleable screenplay. Writers often repeat Screenwriting II to continue their projects.
  • Work toward completion of a feature-length screenplay
  • Lectures and exercises that expand on basics of screenwriting craft
  • Engage in rewriting
  • Present work for in-depth critique (two times)
Prerequisite: Screenwriting I or the equivalent.
Which level is right for you? How to Choose a Level

(3.0 CEU)

New York City Classes  
Tuition: $420, Returning Students $390. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 14 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts Meeting Day Location Time Special Enroll
Oct 7 Tuesdays 1450 Broadway 7:00PM - 10:00PM
No Class: Nov 11
Oct 8 Wednesdays 555 8th Ave. 10:00AM - 1:00PM
No Class: Nov 26
= Daytime Class

Online Classes  
Tuition: $399, Returning Students $369. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 14 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts New Lecture Location Time Special Enroll
Sep 17 Wednesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
Sample Class
Oct 15 Wednesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
Sample Class


Screenwriting | Intensive
 

How much can you learn in one day? Plenty. As you will discover in one of our One-Day Intensives in New York City.

The One-Day Intensives are seven-hour crash courses. You are immersed in a topic through a mixture of brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you’ve just learned.

The Intensives provide an excellent overview of their fields, ideal for both the beginner and someone wanting a quick refresher course. Arrive in the morning with a desire to learn. By the end of the day, you’ll be a more knowledgeable and skilled writer.

Students come from all over the world for our One-Day Intensives. You’re likely to be sitting near NYC locals as well as people from such far-flung places as Texas, Egypt, and Japan.

Intensives are open for writers of any level.

We offer an online version of an Intensive, a three-week Character course.

We also offers two and four-week seminars, including: How to Get Published, Hit Send: Publishing Short Nonfiction, How to Blog, and Nonfiction Book Proposal.

Students may reschedule a One-Day Intensive one time.

Students come from all over the world for our One-Day Intensives. You?re likely to be sitting near NYC locals as well as people from such far-flung places as Texas, Egypt, and Japan. (NYC Hotel Information.)



Topics include: plot, character, scenes, dialogue, selling scripts.

New York City Classes  
Tuition: $125. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 30 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts Meeting Day Location Time Special Enroll
Sep 8 Monday 555 8th Ave. 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Sep 13 Saturday 30 W. 16 St. 11:00AM - 6:00PM
Oct 3 Friday 555 8th Ave. 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Nov 15 Saturday 30 W. 16 St. 11:00AM - 6:00PM
     
= Discounted Class! Click ENROLL to register for $70.00. Can't be used with other discounts.



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