Writing for Screen, Level 1

participants seating in room around a table

Key information:

Course dates:
Tuesday evenings, 23 April – 11 June 2024
Course times:
7pm–9pm
Age:
18+
Art form:
Drama | Other Art Forms | Writing
Fees:
£375
Deadline:
Bookings will close at 5pm on Friday 19 April 2024 or when the course reaches full capacity
Level of study:
Short Courses & Summer Schools (ages 18+)
Mode of study:
In-person
Venue:
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
When:
Evening Courses | Summer Courses (April–June)

Course info

There are limited spaces remaining on this course. Please join our waiting list and we will contact you if a place is available.
  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • Bookings will close at 5pm on Friday 19 April 2024 or when the course reaches full capacity.
  • For our Terms and Conditions, please click here.

Ages 18+

Course Dates & Times

Tuesday evenings on 23, 30 April, 7, 14, 21, 28 May, 4, 11 June 2024
7pm–9pm*

*The final session (11 June) will last 2.5 hours.                                               

About Writing for Screen, Level 1

This eight-week evening course will develop your creative writing skills and provide you with inspiration to translate an idea into a screenplay. The course, which will be taught by writer and actor Emma Dennis-Edwards, will focus on the techniques required for screenwriting for Film and TV.

Emma, who has a wealth of experience in the industry, will share her knowledge of writers rooms, how to pitch and write treatments. 

Who is the course for?

  • For writers at a beginner’s level, who wish to gain tools to write or develop a screenplay for TV or film or continue working on their existing ideas.
  • There is no upper age limit on this course. We encourage and welcome participants from all ages 18 and over.

What can I expect?

A mix of practical writing exercises and group discussions, the course will cover the following topics:

  • Pitching a screenplay
  • Writing a treatment
  • 4-act structure, including writing the beginning, middle and end of a story
  • Character Development
  • Episodic writing
  • Writing a spec script*

*By the end of the course you will have a fully formed spec script. A spec script (short for speculative screenplay) is a great way to showcase your story and get a production company or agent to notice your voice.

The last session of the course will be a table read. 

Do I need anything for the course?

Optional: some professional writing software such as Final Draft, Adobe, Celtx, Art Studio etc. (but this is not essential)

Course Fee

£375
There are limited spaces remaining on this course. Please join our waiting list and we will contact you if a place is available.
  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • Bookings will close at 5pm on Friday 19 April 2024 or when the course reaches full capacity.
  • For our Terms and Conditions, please click here.

Eligibility

  • For everyone aged 18+. There is no upper age limit on this course. We encourage and welcome participants from all ages 18 and over.
  • Participants must have sufficient English language skills to cope with course demands.

About the Course Tutor

The course is taught by Emma Dennis-Edwards

Emma is a writer and actor of Jamaican and Trinidadian heritage. Emma’s TV work includes writing an episode of Champion (Candice Carty-Williams' new show for BBC) and Story Consultant for six-part thriller Ragdoll (UKTV/AMC). She was part of the BBC Writers Academy with John Yorke and has written episodes of Casualty, EastEnders and Holby City. Alongside her episodic writing Emma is developing original projects with The Forge, Moonage and Red Planet.

For stage, Emma has been a participant at Royal Court, Soho Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith and Oval House writers’ programmes. Plays include Funeral Flowers which won the Scotsman’s Fringe First Award and the Filipa Bragança award for best female solo performance, and went on to tour venues across London including Bunker Theatre, Roundhouse, Bernie Grant Arts Centre and Hackney Empire Studio.

Her play Bricks was developed on the Old Vic 12 scheme and was shortlisted for the Alfred Fagan Award.

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