Screenwriting 3: Finishing the First Draft
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Communication
Course Number: NSRW 3830
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus, Online
Permission Required: No
  • Media Studies
  • Screenwriting
  • Creative Writing
Students undertake the challenging task of finishing their feature-length screenplays. In workshop, with careful guidance by the instructor, each writer re-examines, tightens, and rewrites the outline and existing scenes, giving close attention to structure, logic, motivation, complex character development, tone, and theme. There is an emphasis on the specific problems of successful scene writing and on development of a professional writing style that makes for a compelling presentation on the page. Successful screenplays are studied as examples. The goal for each student is to finish the term with a polished and professional first draft. Prerequisite: Screenwriting 2 with at least 50 pages of an original screenplay complete and properly formatted.
Course Open to: Degree Students