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Unfortunately, no classes in-person in Washington, D.C. have spots left, but 15 classes live online are available.

Online Class: Fundamentals of Playwriting

Primary Stages ESPA

If you’re just stepping into the world of playwriting, welcome! In this 5-week class, Kara Lee Corthron will help you build a toolbox of the fundamentals, so your first play (and each play you write after that!) can be built on a strong foundation. This class might be for you if you are: A budding playwright who wants to get down to basics. A theater artist boldly crossing the line from one discipline to another and ready to start writing!...

Thursday Nov 9th, 6–9pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

Playwriting I: 10-Week Workshop

Gotham Writers Workshop

The lights in the theater dim, and a play begins. Nothing beats the intensity of actors sharing the same air as the audience. The laughs and gasps and tears happen live, on the spot. And a play can be staged anywhere, from an empty space surrounded by folding chairs to a plush Broadway house. A play will not soar in performance unless it’s great on the page. Here you will learn to write scripts that are theatrical, as well as dramatic-writing...

Tuesday Oct 3rd, 12am–11:45pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

Writing Scripts 101 Level I: 6 Week Workshop

Gotham Writers Workshop

Do you dream of seeing your work performed, up there, somewhere? A spellbinding movie. An addictive TV show. A gripping play. The thrill of dramatic writing is that, if you’re lucky, you get to see your work soar to life once all the elements—the work of directors, designers, cast, crew—are added to the vision of your script. Here you will gain an introduction to writing for movies, TV, and plays, and you’ll also learn techniques fundamental...

Tuesday Oct 10th, 12am–11:45pm Eastern Time

 (7 sessions)


7 sessions

Screenwriting 101

Writing Pad

Do you want to write movies, but don’t know where to start? Not to worry. Veteran Screenwriter Chris Reed will provide the foundation you need to begin your journey into the world of writing for the silver screen. He’s written for all the big boys, Disney, Fox, Sony, and Nickelodeon and even created the screenplay “Jaguar” that would eventually become “The Lion King” while working on a three-picture deal at Disney Feature Animation....

Saturday Dec 2nd, 10:30am–1:30pm Pacific Time

Story Development (Private)

Script School @ Online Classroom

Bring your Movie or TV idea to a single 2-hour session and one of our screenwriters will help you develop it into a structured story.  Your mentor will assist you in picking a theme, drawing up character ideas and designing a basic storyline, to leave you with the tools and advice you need to write it into a treatment, which can be developed into a screenplay further down the line. Important Scheduling Notes: Scheduling for private lessons...

Friday Sep 29th, 8am–4pm Pacific Time

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Write Your Screenplay

Jacob Krueger Studio

Award Winning Screenwriter Jacob Krueger Will Forever Change The Way You View Screenwriting. Rather than imposing formulaic models from the outside, we teach you how to organically “grow” your script, from initial idea, to character, to scene, to act, to the movie you’ve always dreamed of writing. Jump Start Your Writing. Whether you’re a young writer picking up the pen for the first time, or an old pro looking to inject new life into...

Tuesday Nov 14th, 7–10pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

Screenwriting I: Introduction

The Barrow Group Acting School @ Live Online

For those who have always wanted to write for the screen but had no idea where and how to start. Through weekly writing, reading and viewing assignments, students will learn about screenplay structure, character development and dialogue.  The final project will be an original, self-contained, short screenplay (10 – 20 pages) which students will write and revise during the final third of the 10-week course.

Wednesday Oct 25th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (8 sessions)


8 sessions

Screenwriting I: Intro to Screenwriting

Writing Pad

You dream of writing a killer script that launches you to the top of “The Black List” and gets you a seven figure deal. Veteran screenwriter Chris Reed (12 scripts sold) can help. He’s written for all the big boys, Disney, Fox, Sony, and Nickelodeon and even created the a screenplay “Jaguar” that would eventually become “The Lion King” while working on a three-picture deal at Disney Feature Animation. In this five-week Online Intro...

Saturday Oct 14th, 10:30am–1:30pm Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

Screenwriting II: An Advanced Screenwriting Workshop

Writing Pad

You have an outline for your brilliant screenplay, or maybe even a first draft. But how do you take it to the next level and turn it into a polished, sellable script? Enter veteran screenwriter Chris Reed (Disney, Touchstone) to help you make your screenplay shine. In this 5-week Online advanced screenwriting workshop, Chris shares his secrets for creating emotionally compelling stories, engaging characters, and snappy dialogue. Chris will teach...

Tuesday Dec 5th, 6–9pm Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

Writing for TV II

The Barrow Group Acting School @ Live Online

You’ve got your story. You’ve got your characters. You’ve got the world of your show. Now all you have to is WRITE IT. Writing for TV II will guide you through the process of writing a TV pilot. It will help you navigate the dauntingly specific challenges of the form (the classic guideline requires each pilot to hit 15 specific story beats) while never losing sight of what is thrilling and unique about it. Writing for TV II will be a combination...

Monday Oct 9th, 6:30–9:30pm Eastern Time

 (10 sessions)


10 sessions


Writing Pad

In this class, you’ll learn how to focus your story, trim the fat, tighten your dialogue and sharpen your action. You’ll refine the language of your script word by word, line by line, scene by scene and act by act. You’ll also learn how applying theme to your pilot will elevate your work and get you closer to the impeccable pilot script, which will advance your career.  Brett will also show you how to introduce your characters, write...

Sunday Oct 22nd, 10am–1pm Pacific Time

 (8 sessions)


8 sessions

Screenwriting I: 10 Week Workshop

Gotham Writers Workshop @ Zoom Conference

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...

Sunday Oct 1st, 10am–1pm Eastern Time

 (10 sessions)


10 sessions

30-Day Outline Your Story

L.A. Writers' Lab

THE OUTLINE IS YOUR ROADMAP TO SUCCESS The challenge in outlining a novel, memoir, or screenplay lies in marrying the wildness of your imagination to the rigor of story structure. There is no formula to creating an outline, but there is craft involved. In this five-week workshop, you will discover a process of connecting to the primal forces in your characters to reveal plot. Through this process, you'll discover the foundational elements that...

Wednesday Oct 18th, 1–3pm Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

TV Structure for Pilot Writing

Writing Pad

Note: This is primarily a lecture class with some in-class exercises but not everyone will get to share their writing for feedback due to the seminar format. Writing a TV pilot is a tall order for anyone and without firm footing, your feet are as good as clay. Fortunately, whether you’re writing a thriller set in outer space or an angsty teen romance set on a Montana ranch there’s a set of basic principles that will help you consistently arrive...

Saturday Oct 14th, 10am–1pm Pacific Time

TV Drama II

Writing Pad

You have a killer beat sheet for your TV Pilot, but when you sit down to write, everything turns to mush: vague characters, huge data dumps, clunky dialogue, and scenes that go nowhere. If this sounds familiar, successful writing partners John Herrera and Nina Fiore (The Handmaid’s Tale) can help. In this eight-week Online TV Draft Writing Workshop, you’ll get John and Nina’s help crafting an amazing outline and writing scenes that have a...

Wednesday Oct 25th, 6–9pm Pacific Time

 (10 sessions)


10 sessions

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