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Screenwriting for Film

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

Become a screenwriter

Streamline your screenwriting process with this immensely popular ten-week 100% online course that focuses on concept, structure, story and character. By the end of the course, 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, or don’t

Is Screenwriting for Film: Online right for you?

This course is designed for beginners. You do not need any prior experience, just a passion for writing and great stories to tell.

Please note the intention of the course is to provide you with the ability and skills to work towards the first draft of your screenplay. You will not have a completed screenplay by the end of the course.

What you will learn
  • The importance of story and character development
  • How to structure your story
  • The tools and language used by a screenwriter

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

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 x 90-minute Zoom chat sessions. All chat sessions are recorded and available once the session has finished.
  • Reading screenplays
  • Watching films
  • Self-directed learning
  • Written Exercises 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.

The course is delivered online through our Online Learning Environment (Moodle) and using Zoom video conferencing.

You will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a camera, sound and a reliable internet connection for the evening Zoom video sessions.

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.


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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