Online High School Screenwriters Workshop

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


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Core Curriculum

Screenwriters Workshop

4 units
Summer 2023 Tuition: $7,266

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 provide 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 and video meetings.


  • The fall workshop is a six-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 and Program Dates:

Summer 2023

Summer Program Dates: Sunday, July 9 - Friday, August 4, 2023

Application Deadline: Friday, May 12, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET

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


Summer 2023*

Sunday, July 9 - Friday, August 4, 2023

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

Tuition and Fees

Summer 2023 

Total Program Cost: $7,266

Breakdown of costs:

  • Tuition for 4 units (credits): $6,520
  • Registration & Services Fee: $746

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.


Tisch has a limited number of scholarships for high school students to attend the Tisch summer programs. Scholarships are given to students who demonstrate the most financial need.

Review the Tisch Online High School Scholarships page for more information.


Summer 2023 Application Deadlines

Monday, May 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET - Students applying to the Tisch Online High School Screenwriters Workshop and applying for a scholarship.

Friday, May 12, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET - Regular Application Deadline 

Students who apply after the scholarship deadline will not be considered for the scholarship.


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