Writing for Screen

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Key information:

Course dates:
Wednesday evenings, 28 September–16 November 2022
Course times:
Art form:
Drama | Other Art Forms | Writing
9am, Sunday 18 September 2022
Level of study:
Short Courses and Summer Schools
Mode of study:
Evening | In-person
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Autumn | Evening

Course info

Book Now 

  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • The deadline for bookings is 9am on Sunday 18 September 2022, or when the course reaches full capacity.

Ages 18+

Course Dates & Times

Wednesday evenings on 28 September, 05, 12, 19, 26 October, 02, 09 and 16 November 2022
7pm-9pm, weekly

About Writing for Screen 

This new eight-week in-person 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 led 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.

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.

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


Book Now

  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • The deadline for bookings is 9am on Sunday 18 September 2022, or when the course reaches full capacity.


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 is the Story Consultant for Ragdoll UKTV/AMC show. 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. Her play Bricks was developed on the Old Vic 12 scheme and was shortlisted for the Alfred Fagan Award.

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