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Intro to Screenwriting

A still from 'Flake' | Written and Directed by Cyrus Bezyan | Photo: Simon Taylor

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



03 Nov 2020 to 19 Nov 2020
Enrolments close Mon 26 Oct. 3 x Tues & Thu 7pm-8:30pm video chat sessions. 3 & 5 + 10 & 12 + 17 & 19 November

Early Bird Course Price:

This is the standard course price and includes the early bird discount as it currently more than 28 days from commencement of the course.


For more information call 1300 223 877, or register for future offerings.

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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