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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. You will learn hands-on methods for building the foundations of character, story and structure used by professional screenwriters, from a wide range of films.

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 cinematic narrative

Get practical knowledge about writing visually

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

Chris Squadrito

Chris is an award-winning screenwriter, director, script editor, and producer based in Sydney. In 2023, Chris’ dark comedy web series ‘Vanlife…

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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


04 Jun 2024 to 20 Jun 2024

3 x Tue & Thu 7pm-8:30pm AEST video chat sessions. 4th & 6th June + 11th & 13th June + 18th & 20th June

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 shortcourses@aftrs.edu.au or call 1300 223 877 or to register for future offerings click here


Register your interest to stay up-to-date on future offerings, application or enrolment dates, and more information on this course.


This course is for students aged 16+ only.

If a student 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 penalty.

AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled by AFTRS prior to commencement a 100% refund or credit note of the course fees paid will be provided.

Should AFTRS need to cancel a course after commencement, but before its completion, reasonable efforts will be made to reschedule. If rescheduling is not feasible, it is at AFTRS sole discretion to issue either full or partial credit notes depending on the circumstances.

AFTRS will make every effort to ensure the scheduled run of any course.

If you are planning to travel to attend a course, please confirm with AFTRS that the course is confirmed before you make your travel bookings. This decision is dependent on course enrolments meeting minimum numbers. AFTRS is not liable for any travel or accommodation costs incurred through course cancellation at any time for any reason.

Find out more information about discounts and refunds here.