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Screenwriting Online
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.

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(3.0 CEU)

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)

Gotham actually has two separate programs for Screenwriting II. They complement each other, and many students take both programs, but it makes no difference which one is taken first. If you take one program, then enroll again for Screenwriting II, Gotham will make sure you are placed in the other program

Prerequisite: Screenwriting I or the equivalent.

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Which level is right for you? How to Choose a Level

(3.0 CEU)

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
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Oct 15 Wednesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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