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Intro to Screenwriting

Explore the role of a Screenwriter

Get a detailed introduction to the craft of screenwriting in this 100% online course with award winning writer/director Jonathan Ogilvie. You will learn hands-on methods for building the foundations of character, story and structure used by professional screenwriters, illustrated with key moments from a wide range of films.

Delivered by Zoom video in six evening sessions over three weeks.

Learn to generate ideas

Learn about generating story ideas, and principles of screenwriting with conventional and alternative structures

Learn key screenwriting concepts

Be introduced to the concepts of dramatic premise, suspense and developing characters

Learn about structure

Get practise writing visually, for the screen

Is Intro to Screenwriting right for you?

This is an introductory course. No previous experience required, just a passion for storytelling

This course is open to students aged 16 years and over (students under 18 must complete an under 18 consent form).

Classes are delivered over Zoom video live: Six weeknight evening sessions over three weeks.


For a more in-depth online screenwriting course look at our Screenwriting for Film: Online and Writing a TV Series: Online.

Meet Your Tutors

Jonathan Ogilvie

A graduate of AFTRS, Jonathan has made numerous shorts films that have screened at major film festivals and have sold…

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What you will need

This course is delivered live 100% online via Zoom video.

You will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with camera, sound and good internet connection, and a quiet place to participate.
Once enrolled we will send you further instructions.

Intro To Screenwriting Offerings



06 Jul 2021 to 22 Jul 2021

3 x Tues & Thu 7pm-8:30pm AEST video chat sessions. 6th & 8th + 13th & 15th + 20th & 22nd July

Course Price:

This is the standard course price.

You will need a computer with speakers, a microphone & webcam (built-in, USB plug-in, or wireless Bluetooth), and good internet connection

For more information please email info@aftrs.edu.au or call 1300 223 877 or to register for future offerings click here


To find out about future offerings of this course, register your interest. For more information email info@aftrs.edu.au or call 1300 223 877.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ** 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 you are planning to travel to attend a course, please confirm with us via email that the course will be proceeding before you make your travel bookings. AFTRS is not liable for any travel costs incurred due to course postponement, cancellation, or any other circumstance.

If an attendee 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.

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