Kick-start your future in writing for film Kick-start your future in writing for film

Screenplays are the essential creative starting point from which all filmmaking flows. This free 2 week online course, An Introduction to Screenwriting, explores the key concepts and fundamental principles involved in the process of professional screenwriting. 

Who is this course designed for?

Sign up right away if you can say ‘yes’ to any of the following:

  • I want to study the screenwriting genre at university
  • I am a current student of creative writing and literature
  • I am an experienced writer who wants to pursue screenwriting at a professional level
  • I am studying in the areas of dramatic adaptation or crime screenplays
  • I love films and want to learn more about them!

What’s in this course for me?

This is an open and free opportunity to learn from academics and alumni from the internationally recognised UEA Creative Writing course. Content has been produced by UEA’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, in association with partner organisation Creative Skillset.

Those who complete An Introduction to Screenwriting will have the tools they need to write an effective screenplay and will be confident in using the language and familiar with the vocabulary associated with this form of creative writing. They can also purchase a certificate from FutureLearn to add to their portfolio or CV.

How will I learn?

The course is run on the FutureLearn website platform, where you are led through each week of study by an educator who specialises in screenwriting.

You’ll learn from a mixture of basic theory, script analysis and practical exercises. The course explores key principles as they’re expressed in great films, which are then applied to concepts. Through videos, articles and discussion steps you’ll have the opportunity to learn and engage with thousands of fellow learners across the globe.

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Duration: 2 weeks, 3 hours per week

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Educator Educator

Michael Lengsfield


School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

School of Art, Media and American Studies

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