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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.

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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 Jan 6th, 10:30am–1:30pm Pacific Time

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 Jan 20th, 10:30am–1:30pm Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

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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)


5 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 Jan 9th, 6–9pm Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

Screenwriting I: 10 Week Workshop

Gotham Writers Workshop @ Zoom Conference

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 Jan 9th, 7–10pm Eastern Time

 (10 sessions)


10 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 Jan 7th, 10am–1pm Eastern Time

 (8 sessions)


8 sessions

Story Development (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.

Monday Dec 4th, 8am–4pm 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)


5 sessions

Script Analysis + Mentor Session (Private)

Script School @ Online Classroom

Send your Movie or TV Script or Treatment to one of our mentors and arrange a single 2-hour online session to discuss notes and advice about developing it into an industry-standard screenplay.  Our mentors will help you plot out the beats of the story, advise you on when and where to introduce your characters, build relationships and design character arcs for your protagonists, to leave you with the tools and advice you need to write it into...

Monday Dec 4th, 8am–4pm Pacific Time

Writing Scripts 101 Level I: 6 Week Workshop

Gotham Writers Workshop

Unleash your creative potential and see your words come to life on the big screen, TV, or stage with Gotham Writers Workshop's Writing Scripts 101. Discover the essential techniques of dramatic writing and explore the exciting world of screenwriting, TV writing, and playwriting. Join us and embark on a thrilling journey into the art of storytelling.

Tuesday Jan 16th, 12am–11:45pm Eastern Time

 (2 sessions)


2 sessions

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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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