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Screenwriting Classes San Francisco

Learn the art of crafting compelling stories and creating engaging characters in San Francisco's screenwriting classes, where participants can gain practical skills in script development and storytelling techniques.

Unfortunately, no classes in-person in San Francisco have spots left, but 14 classes live online are available.

Screenplay Writing 101 (Private)

Script School @ Online Classroom

Transform your movie or TV idea into a fully structured and captivating story with the guidance of experienced screenwriters at Script School's exclusive Story Development course. Gain valuable insights on theme selection, character development, and storyline design, equipping you with the essential tools to bring your story to life through a treatment and eventually a screenplay.

Friday, Feb 23rd, 8am–4pm Pacific Time

Screenwriting Essentials Masterclass

Pitch to Screen® Education

Unleash your storytelling potential and master the art of screenwriting in this instructor-led online course. Learn the secrets to crafting compelling characters, engaging plots, and realistic dialogue that bring your stories to life on the screen. Join now and start creating impactful screenplays.

Monday, Feb 26th, 10:30am–1:30pm Eastern Time

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Screenwriting I: 10 Week Workshop

Gotham Writers Workshop

Unleash your creativity and master the art of screenwriting with this immersive workshop from Gotham Writers Workshop. Dive into the world of movies, learning the fundamentals of dramatic writing, crafting compelling characters, and developing captivating plotlines. Whether you dream of Hollywood glamour or indie grit, this course will equip you with the skills to bring your stories to life on the silver screen.

Tuesday, Mar 19th, 12am–11:45pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

Screenwriting III: A Master Screenwriting Workshop

Writing Pad

Take your movie script to the next level with veteran screenwriter Chris Reed. In this workshop, you'll learn advanced techniques and tried-and-true solutions to overcome your script challenges. Craft your protagonist's inner conflict and story surprises while getting personalized guidance to move closer to a finished draft.

Tuesday, Mar 5th, 6–9pm Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)

Write Your Screenplay

Jacob Krueger Studio

Discover a new way of looking at screenwriting and forever change the way you approach your craft. Award-winning screenwriter Jacob Krueger will guide you through a transformative four-week workshop that teaches you how to grow your script from the initial idea to the movie of your dreams. Jumpstart your writing and join a supportive community of fellow writers as you learn to integrate your artistic goals into your real-world life.

Tuesday, Mar 26th, 7–10pm Eastern Time

 (4 sessions)

Screenwriting I: Introduction

The Barrow Group Acting School @ Live Online

Learn the fundamentals of screenwriting and how to bring your ideas to life on the big screen with The Barrow Group Acting School's course. Explore screenplay structure, character development, and dialogue through engaging weekly assignments, readings, and viewings. Develop your own original short screenplay with guidance from industry professionals during this ten-week course.

Sunday, Mar 3rd, 10am–1pm Eastern Time

 (8 sessions)

Screenwriting II: An Advanced Screenwriting Workshop

Writing Pad

Learn from veteran screenwriter Chris Reed and take your screenplay to the next level in this 5-week online workshop. Discover the secrets to creating emotionally compelling stories, engaging characters, and snappy dialogue. By the end, you'll have a much more complete understanding of what makes a great script great.

Monday, Feb 26th, 6–9pm Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)

Screenwriting I: Intro to Screenwriting

Writing Pad

Learn from veteran screenwriter Chris Reed and turn your movie ideas into a killer script. Discover the secrets of story structure, character development, and formatting in this online screenwriting class. Don't miss your chance to break into the industry and avoid rookie mistakes.

Saturday, Mar 23rd, 10:30am–1:30pm Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)

Screenwriting 101

Writing Pad

Learn the essential foundations of screenwriting in this online seminar. Gain insight into successful movie structure, character development, and generating impactful ideas. Start your journey into the world of screenwriting with this expert-led course.

Saturday, Mar 2nd, 10:30am–1:30pm Pacific Time

30-Day Outline Your Story

L.A. Writers' Lab

Discover the craft of outlining your story in this immersive workshop at L.A. Writers' Lab. Unleash the wildness of your imagination while mastering the art of story structure. Through lectures, exercises, and film analysis, unlock your protagonist's transformation and build a compelling narrative.

Wednesday, Apr 3rd, 1–3pm Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)

Scripts in Focus Level I: 6 Weeks

Gotham Writers Workshop

To excel at writing screenplays or TV scripts, you must write regularly and read scripts from a writer’s perspective. Painters typically learn their craft by studying the work of masters, and most accomplished scriptwriters do the same. Who better to show you the ropes of great screenwriting and TV writing than the best in the business? Each week, students focus on an aspect of scriptwriting craft in relation to a specific movie or TV episode....

Wednesday, May 15th, 12am–11:45pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)

The 90-Day Screenplay

L.A. Writers' Lab

Unlock the transformative power of storytelling in the lively and immersive 90-Day Screenplay course at L.A. Writers' Lab. Discover a process that marries imagination with structure, allowing you to bring your unique perspective to life on the page. Join us for weekly live Zoom calls, craft lessons, and screening clips to ignite your creativity and master the art of storytelling.

Thursday, Jun 13th, 12–1:30pm Pacific Time

 (14 sessions)

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Screenwriting II: Outlining and Writing a Feature

The Barrow Group Acting School @ Live Online

For those who have already taken Screenwriting I, this workshop guides students through the process of creating a feature film script. By analyzing and breaking down various successful feature film scripts and films during the first few weeks, students will learn the three-act structure and how to create a successful, fully fleshed-out story arc. Students will then be guided in creating a strong logline/pitch, a detailed outline and/or treatment,...

Sunday, May 5th, 2:30–5:30pm Eastern Time

 (8 sessions)

Introduction to Screenwriting

Mt. San Antonio College

Unlock your creativity and learn the essentials of screenwriting for television and movies. Discover the art of plotting stories, developing compelling characters, and executing your work in the proper screenwriting format. Get insider tips on selling your script and building a successful career in screenwriting.

Saturday, Mar 2nd, 11am–1pm Pacific Time

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Intermediate Screenwriting – Hone Your Craft!

The Writing Salon @ 2121 Bonar St, Berkeley, CA

In this course, writers who are already familiar with the basics of story structure and screenwriting will be able to take their skills to the next level. “The devil’s in the details,” says instructor Kate Montgomery. “While there’s more demand now for original content, and opportunities abound, the industry is not easy to impress. You get just one chance to make that first impression with Producers, Agents, and Talent. The good news?...

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Marketing to the Film & Television Industry

The Writing Salon @ 2121 Bonar St, Berkeley, CA

Through a combination of lectures, writing exercises, games and group discussion, you’ll learn: How to target market your work to the right companies. How to create a package that helps your project to stand out. How to cold call. How to write a compelling query letter. How to get an Agent. How a film project is “packaged”. What goes into a “Series Bible”. How to bypass the traditional “gate keepers”. The difference between...

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