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Script Assessment Workshop

Become a Screenplay Consultant

This short course, delivered entirely online, will introduce you to the tools needed to rigorously assess other people’s screenplays, within the context of the current commercial film, TV and web series climate. Run over two Saturdays, it’s designed to strengthen your story analysis skills and help you develop the tools needed to be a professional script assessor for production companies, funding agencies, broadcasters and distributors.

Script assessments are expected to be completed on a short deadline and this course will teach you a quick and effective way to break down a script, in order to give critical and constructive feedback. In addition to the two-days of online, interactive sessions delivered via Zoom, students will be given the opportunity to test their script assessment skills by assessing two scripts after the course and receiving feedback on their work.

The course includes a refresher on story structure and genre conventions.

Learn a structured approach to reading and assessing a screenplay, whilst being sensitive to the aims and intentions of the creative team.

Understand the importance of script assessing in the overall development process and be able to recognise the difference between a good idea badly written and an under-developed idea from a talented writer.

Learn how to shape your report according to the needs and nature of the organisation you are writing it for.

Is the Script Assessment Workshop right for you?

Are you in the early stages of a career working in scripted development in film, TV or web series? Or are you looking to break into the sector? The ability to quickly read and assess screenplays is a fundamental tool for anyone working in drama development. This course will sharpen your skills and allow you to assess projects across a range of forms. It will also provide interesting insights for screenwriters keen to understand how their work is assessed, and producers who want to learn more about what funding bodies and investors want to see.


If you already have some knowledge and skills in this area you may consider the longer, more in-depth Industry Certificate: Script Assessment course.

If you are interested in learning the craft of screenwriting, we have a short Intro to Screenwriting course and longer Screenwriting for Film and Writing a TV Series all delivered 100% online.

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Sally Chesher

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What you will need

This course is delivered Live 100% online via Zoom video on two consecutive Saturdays, 9.30 – 5.00pm. (Don’t worry – we’ll have plenty of breaks).

You will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with camera, sound and good internet connection, and a quiet place to participate. Headphones are recommended.

Once enrolled we will send you further instructions and a link to the zoom sessions.

To get the most from this course, you’ll need to make time to read a screenplay before the course starts (we’ll email it to you once you enrol). You’ll also want to make time after the course to do two script assessments for feedback within ten days of the course dates.

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.

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.

Find out more information about discounts and refunds.

For more information email shortcourses@aftrs.edu.au or 1300 223 877.