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Screenwriting I: 10-Week Workshop

at Gotham Writers Workshop - Hell's Kitchen

Master the art of screenwriting and bring your stories to life on the big screen. Learn the fundamentals of cinematic storytelling and how to create compelling characters and plotlines in this immersive workshop at Gotham Writers Workshop. Unleash your creativity and craft a screenplay that will captivate audiences with its emotional depth and visual splendor.

Course Details
Price $490
Start Date

Wed, Jan 17, 2:00pm - Mar 20, 5:00pm Eastern Time ( 10 sessions )
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Location Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan
555 8th Ave 14th Flr. Ste 1402
Between W 37th & W 38th Streets
New York, New York 10018
Important Price includes $25 registration fee.
Class Level Beginner
Age Requirements 18 and older
Average Class Size 14
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555 8th Ave.
555 8th Ave, New York, NY
Jeremy Wechter
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  • Wed, Jan 17 at 2:00pm - 5:00pm
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  • Wed, Feb 28 at 2:00pm - 5:00pm
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  • Wed, Mar 20 at 2:00pm - 5:00pm
555 8th Ave.
555 8th Ave, New York, NY
Jeremy Wechter
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  • Wed, Jan 17 at 7:00pm - 10:00pm
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  • Wed, Jan 31 at 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Wed, Feb 07 at 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Wed, Feb 14 at 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Wed, Feb 21 at 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Wed, Feb 28 at 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 06 at 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 13 at 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 20 at 7:00pm - 10:00pm
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Class Description


What you'll learn in this screenwriting class:

Movies are the modern mythology—the stories we all watch for excitement, inspiration, and entertainment. So many genres and types drama, comedy, action/adventure, science fiction, fantasy, thriller, horror, crime, noir, epic, western, war, romantic comedy, musical. Larger than life blockbusters or down-to-earth depictions of reality. Tales told with emotional verve and visual imagery we never forget.

A movie isn’t great unless it starts with a great blueprint—the screenplay. Here you will learn to write a script that is cinematic, as well as dramatic-writing craft and how to market your work.

Whether you seek to write shorts or features, Hollywood glamor or indie grit, we’ll show you to write screenplays that light up the screen.

This course gives you a firm grounding in the basics of screenwriting craft and gets you writing a screenplay.

Course components:
  • Lectures
  • Writing exercises
  • Workshopping of student projects (each student presenting work two times)

Screenwriting I is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals. Students must be 18 years or older.

Course Syllabus:

Introduction to Screenwriting: The visual nature of movies. Screenplays as blueprints. Where to find ideas. Forming a premise. High and low concept. Hollywood vs. Indie. Genre. The usefulness of outlines.

Plot I: Finding a major dramatic question. The three-act structure. The difference between classic plots and subtle plots. Making a story map.

Character: Finding a strong protagonist. Handling other characters. Making characters dimensional through desire and contrasts. Creating character profiles. Showing characters through their actions.

Format/Description: How to format a screenplay. Writing effective screenplay description.

Scene: Scene defined. Length of scene. Tenets of a good scenes—importance, desire/conflict, structure, compression, visual storytelling. Sequences. Making a step outline.

Dialogue: Dialogue's illusion of reality. Compression. Characterization through dialogue. Subtext. Exposition. Stage directions. Voice over.

Subplot: The value of subplots. Romantic subplots. Other kinds of subplots for the protagonist. Non-protagonist subplots. Subplot structure. Finding subplots in your story.

Plot II: Creating an effective opening section. Techniques for sustaining Act II. Creating an effective climax. Flashbacks.

Tone/Theme: Developing tone through genre, world, and lightness/darkness. Consistency of tone. Theme defined. Types of theme. Weaving theme into a story.

Revision: Exploration of the various stages of revision.

The Business: Creating pitches. Studios, producers, and representation. How to get your pitch to players in the industry. Query letters. The life of a screenwriter.

Note: Content may vary among individual classes.

Refund Policy

All Classes (except One-day and Zoom Intensives and Write-Ins):

  • For a refund or credit, contact us three business days or more before your class starts. You can either choose to hold a full credit with us good for one year on other Gotham classes OR you can opt for a refund less a $25 administrative fee and your $25 registration fee ($50 total).
  • If you need to withdraw after your class has started (or two business days before it starts), you won’t receive a refund, but you’re welcome to a Gotham credit less the price of Week 1 and your $25 registration fee, but we need to hear from you three business days or more before Week 2 meets for that to happen. After that point, no credits are available.

One-day and Zoom Intensives:

  • You may reschedule a One-day or Zoom Intensive one time, if you notify us two business days before the class begins. After that first reschedule, there is a $25 rescheduling fee.
  • If you notify us three business days or more before your class begins, rescheduling is free. If you notify us less than three business days before your class begins, there is a $25 rescheduling fee. If you don’t notify us until after your class begins, we cannot reschedule you.
  • You may get a refund (minus a $50 fee) if you notify us three business days or more before your class begins.


  • If you withdraw 1 business day or more before it begins, you’re welcome to a full credit good for one year toward another Write-In. No refunds are available.
  • If you simply don’t show up and don’t notify us in advance, you forfeit your money.

A few more things:

  • Credits are valid for one year and cannot be changed into refunds down the road.
  • Simply not attending class or notifying the instructor does not mean you've officially withdrawn.
  • Some exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis for medical emergencies with a doctor's note.
  • Refunds take up to six weeks to process.

Please understand, we can't issue a refund after classes have started, even if you miss your first class. Similarly, we can't offer you a credit one day before your second class or after that. We understand that other obligations get in the way of attending class, but these policies allow us to get other interested writers into class early enough to have a good experience, and this allows us to offer our classes at a reasonable price.

Important Notes:

  • Students are allowed to join a class in the second week.
  • Only those who pay the tuition in full can be guaranteed a place in class.
  • Class dates and times may be subject to change. A substitute may be assigned or make-up classes added to the end of the term.
  • Auditing and the recording of classes are not allowed.
  • For all classes, students receive a record of payment and registration.
  • Gotham reserves the right to remove any student at our discretion.
  • Gotham does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, socioeconomic status, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, or marital status.
  • Our courses are not intended to provide instruction that will result in the student's acquisition of occupational skills.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

Reviews of Classes at Gotham Writers Workshop (745)

(4.4-star rating across 745 reviews)
  • Screenwriting I: 10-Week Workshop

    Anonymous review on 6/17/2021
    Jeremy is a great teacher!
  • Screenwriting I: 10-Week Workshop

    Reviewed by Anayes B. on 6/23/2017
    I loved this class! The instructor was very knowledgeable, and created an environment that was easy to learn and ask questions in. As a first-timer, I feel like I learned what I needed in order to advance to the next level. Highly recommend!
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If I can’t make one of the ten classes, can I attend one of the same class on one of the other days offered?
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! Gotham is an adult creative writing school, so the students sometimes have to miss class because of work or family obligations. Because that’s such a frequent occurrence, the school aren’t able to offer any makeup classes. But students can certainly ask the teacher if there were any handouts for the class they missed. Hope this helps!
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