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Screenwriting for Film: Online

Behind the scenes of 'The Greenhouse' | Directed by Thomas Wilson-White | Photo: Nick Prokop

Become a screenwriter

Streamline your screenwriting process with this 100% online course that focuses on concept, structure, story and character. By the end of ten weeks, you will have developed your story idea using the traditional three-act structure and be ready to write your script.


Learn about the extensive groundwork you need to do before you start writing, and how to apply those skills to your own screenplay idea

Story skills

Develop your skills to focus on concept, structure, story, character and the interplay between them


Learn how to watch films with a screenwriter’s eye, so you can analyse why they work

Meet Your Tutors

Anne Brooksbank

Anne Brooksbank is a screenwriter with six AWGIES and an AFI Award to her credit. She was one of the…

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What you will need

You will not need any prior screenwriting experience, however there is a large workload and you will need to dedicate at least 10 hours per week to:

  • Two 90 minute online text-based chat sessions (every Monday and Wednesday for the first eight weeks). All chat sessions are recorded and transcripts available once the session has finished.
  • Reading screenplays
  • Watching films
  • Self-directed learning
  • Written assignments for lecturer feedback

You should begin this course with the germ of an idea for a genre-based screenplay. This course is not appropriate for an adaptation of an existing literary work.

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.

This course is only open to students aged 18 +.

Screenwriting For Film: Online Offerings


03 Oct 2019 to 11 Dec 2019
100% Online Mon & Wed 7:00pm - 8:30pm Tutorial

Early Bird Industry Price:

This price is available to all Australian screen and broadcast practitioners and includes the early bird discount as it currently more than 28 days from commencement of the course.

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 065 281, or register for future offerings.


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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