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Creative Writing Classes in NYC and Online with Professional Writing Instructors
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Screenwriting

Movies are the modern mythology—the stories we all watch for excitement, inspiration, and entertainment. So many genres and types...drama, comedy, action/adventure, science fiction, fantasy, thriller, horror, crime, noir, epic, western, war, romantic comedy, musical. Larger than life blockbusters or down-to-earth depictions of reality. Tales told with emotional verve and visual imagery we never forget.
 
A movie isn’t great unless it starts with a great blueprint—the screenplay. Here you will learn to write a script that is cinematic, as well as dramatic-writing craft and how to market your work. 
 
Whether you seek to write shorts or features, Hollywood glamor or indie grit, we’ll show you to write screenplays that light up the screen.


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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
Jan 12 Mondays 1450 Broadway 7:00PM - 10:00PM
No Class: Jan 19, Feb 16
Jan 14 Wednesdays 555 8th Ave. 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Jan 14 Wednesdays 1450 Broadway 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Jan 18 Sundays 555 8th Ave. 12:00PM - 3:00PM
No Class: Feb 15
= 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
Jan 6 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
Sample Class
Feb 3 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
Sample Class


Level II
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
Jan 13 Tuesdays 272 W. 10th St. 7:00PM - 10:00PM
No Class: Feb 17
Jan 17 Saturdays 555 8th Ave. 2:00PM - 5:00PM
No Class: Feb 14
= 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
Jan 14 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. (NYC Hotel Information.)

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.



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
Jan 10 Saturday 30 W. 16 St. 11:00AM - 6:00PM
Feb 21 Saturday 1450 Broadway 11:00AM - 6:00PM
Mar 20 Friday 555 8th Ave. 10:00AM - 5:00PM



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