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Screenwriting for Film: Online

Behind the scenes of 'How Many Kids Did You Kill Today?' | Dir. Simon Croker | Photo: Serena Siow

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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 writers for the landmark Australian film Newsfront. She has written episodes…

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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.

Screenwriting For Film: Online Offerings


icon 04 Oct 2018 to 20 Dec 2018
100% Online Mon & Wed 7:00�8:30pm Tutorial

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There are 15 places available


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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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