Introduction to Screenwriting

A six-week evening course designed to take the student from generating a story idea through developing the script to the final draft.

Programme Overview

Each week will be divided into lectures, practical exercises and feedback sessions, intended to educate and support the new writer in creating a script that is dynamic, engaging and productive. Central Film School could also suggest avenues to take your script into production.

Week One: Short form story

What makes a good short film experience? What are the essential elements? Brainstorming Ideas. Outlines and Treatments as writing aids. Script Formatting - How and why we format a screenplay. Using purpose built software packages such as Final Draft or Celtx.

Week Two: Writing visually

Setting up the world and rules of the story.

Week Three: Writing Character

Dialogue as Action.

Week Four: Script Development

Why the first draft is never enough. Who is involved in developing a script? Keeping your vision intact through development and being flexible.

Week Five: Table Reads

The benefit of table reads using actors. You will work with actors to read three of the class scripts . How to solicit and take on feedback from a table read. What to do with the feedback.

Week Six: Final Draft

How and why we lock a script. What happens to the script in production. What to do next with your script?

Programme Facts

6 weeks – Online, Part-time

Every Wednesday from 6:30 pm


3rd November 2021


Limited places available

Entry Requirements

Minimum age: 18
Minimum English Language level: Upper-Intermediate

Are you ready to Tell Your Story?

Our Tutors

Stéphanie began her career in story development at TF1 International and Canal Plus, worked as a story editor and screenwriter for French TV for several years, creating among others a Sci-Fi animated series for Luc Besson’s Europa Corp: VALERIAN & LAURELINE. Her first feature film, THE QUIET HOUR, a sci-fi thriller starring Dakota Blue Richards (The Golden Compass, Skins, Endeavour), premiered at Galway Film Fleadh, was nominated Best British Film at Raindance Film Festival, won Best Film at Kansas City Film Fest, sold to Sky Cinema and UK Amazon Prime in the U.S. and was distributed around the world. She is now producing THE LAST MOON, an elevated suspense horror film by Sean McConville (DEADLINE starring Brittany Murphy and Thora Birch).

Stéphanie Joalland,

Writing and Directing Tutor