Online High School Screenwriters Workshop

Learn the fundamentals of screenwriting and transform your ideas into a short screenplay.

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Core Curriculum

Online High School Screenwriters Workshop

SPEC-UT 201
4 units
Tuition: $7,065


Intensive screenwriting exercises will introduce students to the basic principles of writing for film and television. Students will develop story ideas and characters, and learn film language and script structure. There will be film story analysis sessions with screenings of important work. The workshop sessions with the instructor and students provides an opportunity for you to present your work, which opens dialogue for critiques and rewrites. The workshop culminates with submitted scenes, a short screenplay, and a synopsis of a feature film and television series. This is an asynchronous course with weekly assignments, video meetings, and discussions with industry professionals.

Notes:

  • The spring and fall workshop is a 10-week course with daily deliverables. 
  • The summer workshop is a four-week course with daily deliverables.
  • Students must use a desktop or laptop computer with a webcam, microphone, and audio capability. 
  • This online course works best with a fast, reliable internet connection, and requires Chrome web browser.
  • Students should be prepared to dedicate 6-10 hours per week for this course.

Application Dates:

The application for fall 2021 is closed.

Spring 2022

Spring Application Deadline: January 17, 2022

Spring Program Dates: Monday, February 7 - Friday, April 22, 2022

Summer 2022

Summer Application Deadline: May 25, 2022

Summer Program Dates: Monday, July 11 - Friday, August 5, 2022

Meet the instructor.

Course Format and Schedule

This class will be delivered through an asynchronous model, which means you will not have to meet at a designated time each day. Instead, the program is offered through online lectures that are pre-recorded and released each week. You can view those modules at your own pace. However, there are daily deliverables and/or weekly assignments you will have to complete and upload onto the Smashcut platform by the deadline provided in your syllabus, and faculty/TA/classmates will be interacting/collaborating with your work on this timeline. The entirety of the class takes place on the Smashcut platform. Synchronous sessions will be scheduled during the term with your professor/TA/classmates. We understand you signed up for an online course to have the flexibility of online learning, so you will have the opportunity to choose the best meeting time for your schedule.

"It's a great experience to learn and improve your skills in screenwriting from people who will listen to you. It also gives you the opportunity to connect with others who have similar interests as you. Being involved in this program has really opened my eyes to the art of screenwriting and how to write a really good story."

— Courtney Hernandez, summer 2021
Online High School Screenwriters Workshop

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Summer 2021 Online High School Screenwriting alumna Maria Angelini

Dates

Fall 2021

Monday, October 4 - Friday, December 10, 2021 (The application for fall 2021 is closed.)

Applications are open for spring and summer 2022.

Spring 2022

Monday, February 7 - Friday, April 22, 2022

Students should be prepared to dedicate 6-10 hours per week for this course.

Summer 2022

Monday, July 11 - Friday, August 5, 2022

Students should be prepared to dedicate 6-10 hours per week for this course.

Tuition and Fees

Total Program Cost: $7,065

Breakdown of costs:

  • Tuition for 4 units (credits): $6,332
  • Registration & Services Fee: $733

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.

Admissions

Spring 2022 Application Deadline: January 17, 2022 at 5 p.m. ET 

Summer 2022 Application Deadline: May 25, 2022 at 5 p.m. ET

Eligibility

Open to high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

  • Online application fee: $75

Please read through the Admissions for Online High School Workshops page.

Additional important dates are available on the Tisch Admissions Calendar.

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Photo by Dylan Kenseth