Writing for the Screen

Tisch is now offering an asynchronous, online section of the non-credit course Writing for the Screen.  

"Charlie is a great hands-on professor and has continued to help me even after finishing his course. As someone who did not know anything about screenwriting or screenplay structure, he did a great job of breaking it down and helping me utilize it when I write. He has given a lot of good feedback and support and I think his class would be a great choice for any student who has just begun writing and is looking to learn more about how to write a screenplay."

— Zackary Centrella, former Writing for the Screen student

Participants will examine the principles and processes of writing for the screen. Topics include finding and developing story ideas, film language and script structure. By the end of the course, students will have participated in in-depth film analysis and intensive screenwriting exercises and discussions. At the end of the course, students are expected to complete a film treatment (prose description of your film) with a step outline for a feature film or TV episode you plan to write. In addition, you must hand in the first scene (3-5 pages) of your script with dialogue.

Non-credit tuition: $2,031

Writing for the Screen will be offered January 7 - 25, 2019 as part of January Term 2019. The visiting student application is open. 

Writing for the Screen may be taken on its own or as part of the non-credit Certificate in Filmmaking.



Instructor: Charlie Schulman
Charlie is the writer and producer of the new musical, Goldstein, which was recently nominated for the Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical. He has performed his one-man-quick-change comedy Natural History X at universities across the country. He recently completed a new play, The Funniest Play Ever, and the television pilot Earylybirds. Charlie is the writer and producer of The Fartiste (Best Musical NYC Fringe, Off-Broadway and in concert at The Charring Cross Theater in London's West End). The Fartiste was based on his screenplay of the same name. His play The Great Man was a finalist for The Terrance McNally Award. Off-Broadway Credits include: Angel of Death (American Jewish Theater), The Ground Zero Club (Playwrights Horizons), and The Birthday Present (Circle Rep). Read his full bio.