Learn the fundamentals of writing for the big screen as you take an original short film idea from concept to polished screenplay.

This course will cover the fundamental aspects of the art and craft of writing for the screen. Students will learn practical elements through writing workshops as well as through the study and critical analysis of several short films. Participants will use both classroom work and field trips to explore the creative process of taking an initial idea to a finished product. Points of focus will include character development, dialogue, scene structure and additional tools that students will employ as they take an originating impulse from concept to first draft to final screenplay.

Students will also explore the business of working in the film and television industry through discussions with instructors and guest speakers who are professionals in the field.

Site Visits:
Day trips will vary based on the instructors and terms. Site visits may include:

  • Museum of the Moving Image
  • Working film sets in New York City
  • Film screenings
  • The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press

Guest Speakers and Lecturers:
Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Past guest speakers have included:

  • Josh Young, Playwright & Editor, Museum of Modern Art
  • Naomi McDougall Jones, producer, writer & actress
  • Ritesh Batra, filmmaker

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,150*
Residential Program: $5,750*

Dates: June 9 - June 21

LOCATION New York City

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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