Screenwriting for Film Online

Online - Jul 09 2018

AFTRS Open Online Courses
Jul 09 2018 - Sep 12 2018
Attendance Pattern
Enrolments close 5 July. First chat is on Mnday 9 July at 7pm
Anne Brooksbank
Course fee
$1000 / $900

Online - Oct 04 2018

AFTRS Open Online Courses
Oct 04 2018 - Dec 20 2018
Attendance Pattern
Enrolments close 4 October. First chat is Monday 8 October 2018.
Anne Brooksbank
Course fee
$1000 / $900

Streamline your screenwriting process with this online course that focuses on concept, structure, story and character. By the end of ten weeks, you will have developed your idea into a fully-fledged screenplay story with a traditional three-act structure.


You will learn all about the extensive groundwork you do before you actually start writing, and how to apply to those skills to your own screenplay idea. There is a strong focus on the basic elements of screenwriting, including:

  • Concept

  • Structure

  • Story

  • Character

This immensely popular course comprises ten modules with two weekly online chat sessions, a variety of assignments and collaborative activities.


“Excellent course. I don't think the tutor could have done a better job. They ensured that the online platform for course delivery worked very effectively. Personally, I preferred online to tutorials in person. Much more democratic.”

"I did a few screenwriting courses overseas, but nothing compares to this one, which was so focused on the structure of the script. Everything was really helpful. I'll keep it forever for the development of my future scripts! Thank you so much!"

"An exceptionally valuable course. Each week I received detailed, skilled feedback on assignments submitted. In addition, each chat session was well structured and facilitated practical learning outcomes. The course provides outstanding value for money."


This is an introductory course. You do not need any prior experience.


This course runs for 10 weeks, with two online evening chat sessions, 7pm - 8.30pm AEDT.
Each session is a text based chat room - no audio or web cam is required.
We encourage you to make as many of the live chats as possible, though each session is recorded.
Transcripts are available immediately after each session has finished.

There is a large workload. You will need to dedicate at least 10 hours per week to 2 × 90 minute online chat sessions, screenplay reading, film viewing, and written assignments.

Your screenplay idea should be original. This course is not appropriate for an adaptation of an existing literary work.


Anne Brooksbank is a screenwriter with six AWGIES and an AFI Award to her credit. She was one of the writers for the landmark Australian film Newsfront. She has written episodes for a number of TV series, including G.P., Wildside, Blue Heelers, Water Rats and Hallifax fp. She is the author of eight books, one shortlisted in 2012 for the Prime Minister's Literary Award. Her play, All My Love, about the lifelong love of Henry Lawson and Mary Gilmore, toured Australia with good houses and reviews from July 2015 to March 2016. Another tour is planned for 2017-18. Her feature film adaptation, Heatstroke, from an American book, was shot in South Africa in 2013 and has sold to a number of countries.
Her latest project as co-writer, the Australian feature film Don't Tell, had a cinematic release in May 2017.

Anne has an MA in English Literature and was a mentor for the Australian Film Commision's Short Feature program. She was an assessor for the AFC, the SA Film Corporation and the Australian Writers Guild.


You should begin this course with the germ of an idea for a genre-based screenplay, one that has not yet been developed into a concept or screenplay, to work on during the course.

To participate in this course you MUST have an internet connection (broadband wired OR wireless 3G or 4G/LTE), Google Chrome, and the ability to enable cookies within your web browser.

Have any questions? Please get in touch: or 1300 065 281


AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled a full refund of course fees will be provided. If a participant wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a fee. For more information on AFTRS Open's policies, including refund policies, please see our policies page


The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.