Screenwriting Courses

Screenwriting Classes and Workshops

Members have access to full course content for independent study.

Scheduled group classes range from 1 to 16 weeks in length. 

(See Fiction Writing for up-to-date list of courses.)


F112 Character Development
This course will guide the student toward a better understanding of what makes our characters tick. Lessons cover Character Shaping, Improvisations, Unity of Opposites and Motivation.

F114 Doing It With Dialogue
The purpose of this class is to emphasize the importance of dialogue. In the next three weeks, we will address the two main issues of dialogue: the what and the how. The what will explore how much detail we convey through the dialogue in what the characters are saying. The how is exactly what it sounds like; how are the characters saying it. In the final week, we will put it all together and see how far we've come.

F126 Story Structures (and Everything In Between)
This advanced, eight-week course will help the student gain a better understanding of story form and structure through reading and writing exercises.

F127 Story Structures Editing Workshop
The Story Structures Editing Workshop is an open workshop for those who have completed F126 Story Structures. This board has been made available for those to continue the work started in F126 and exchange feedback using what was learned in the class.

F130 Mythic Structure Part 1
Screenwriting, novel writing, short story writing, fiction or writing creative nonfiction, this course teaches the concepts behind blockbuster movies and best-selling novels. "The Hero's Journey has served storytellers and their listeners since the very first stories were told, and it shows no signs of wearing out. Let's begin the Writer's Journey together to explore these ideas. I hope you find them useful as magic keys to the world of story and the labyrinth of life."

F133 Mythic Structure Part 2
The writing course is for screenwriters, novelists, and short story writers. It continues to explore concepts and structures found in polpular movies and novels.

F135 Mythic Structure Part 3
The writing course is for screenwriters, novelists, and short story writers. It continues to explore concepts and structures introduced in Mythic Structure Part 1 and Part 2.

F137 Mythic Structure Part 4
The course concludes the Mythic Structure Writing series and prepares students for the Mythic Structure Workshop.

F138 Mythic Structure Workshop
The writing workshop will give Writers an opportunity apply what they've learned in the Mythic Structure Writing series.

F146 Let's Make A Scene
Novel Writing, Short Story and Screenwriting Course Learn how to build scenes for novels, screenplays and full-bodied short stories.

F148 Other Worlds in Science Fiction and Fantasy
The objective of this Science Fiction and Fantasy writing course is to show the power of a mythic vision of the world when writing science fiction novels, fantasy novels, screenplays or short stories

F162 Character Driven Plots - The Big 5
A study in the use of psychological behavior models for developing realistic characters. This course has applications in all forms of creative writing. Those writing novels will find this course very useful in both the creation and revision stages.

F204 Introduction to Screenwriting
Good acting, terrific camera work, a quality doesn't mean anything without a good story. In this screenwriting course, we'll explore the genre by looking at what sets it apart from novels, short stories, and plays.

F206 Writing the Screenplay - Part I
The 3-act structure? No problem. Turning points? Piece of cake! There are plenty of people who can identify the main structural points of a screenplay, but not many can translate that into a workable story. In this class, we'll take the principles of the structure and begin to tackle the daunting task of assembling a script, concentrating in this class on the setup and first 30 pages of that screenplay. Prerequisite: Introduction to Screenwriting

F208 Writing the Screenplay – Part 2
You’ve made it past the initial hurdle. Your script is underway! But there’s always the pesky second act, the middle of the movie. Sure, you can have a great opening and a great idea for an ending, but how do you keep people watching when the minutes tick by? This class will help you plan your second act so that the story keeps audiences glued to the screen.

F212 Heroes and Heroines (Sixteen Master Archetypes)
From the earliest days, storytellers have known the simple truth: strong characters may carry a weak plot, but weak characters cannot be hidden by a strong plot. But high or low, brilliant or average, characters whose stories survive through the ages are those heroes and heroines that ring true to the human spirit. Their personalities, tragedies and triumphs, their decisions made in the heat of the battle-strike a chord of recognition in all who hear the tale.

F228 So, You Want to Build a Fictional World, Do You? Part 1
So You Want to Build a World, Do You? This course will introduce you to the challenge of building a world of your own. It will help you to describe the world in which your characters live. You will develop your world from the ground up including geography, history, politics and more. Upon completion of this course you will have the physical, historical, and political setting for your story.

F230 So, You Want to Build a Fictional World, Do You? Part 2
So You Want to Build a World, Do You? This course is a continuation of So You Want to Build a Fictional World, Do You? It will help you to describe the world in which your characters live. You will start developing the sociological aspects of your world. You will delve into the Legal System, War, Crime, Transportation, and Medicine. You will also start to develop the general rules for life in your world. Upon completion of this course you will have the beginnings of the social setting for your story. This will also help in the development of your characters.

F232 So, You Want to Build a Fictional World, Do You? Part 3
So You Want to Build a World, Do You? This course is a continuation of So You Want to Build a Fictional World, Do You? Parts I and II. It will help you to describe the world in which your characters live. You will further develop your world from the Sociological aspects, including Enjoyment, Spirituality, and Magic, as well as, putting the finishing touches on your characters way of life. Upon completion of this course you will have completed the social setting for your story.

F253 Antiheroes
Creating Antiheroes: Antiheroes are protagonists who lack the attributes that make a heroic figure, as nobility of mind and spirit, a life or attitude marked by action or purpose, and the like. The Antihero’s approach is a Reflection in a Looking Glass, a mirror image of normalcy.




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All courses are free to members.  


MFA204 The Fiction Writer's Apprenticeship (Feb 22)
L238 Alice Munro - Runaway (Feb 27)
F180: Writing Boosters - Writing with Rules #1 (Feb 28)
B101 WVU Orientation (Feb 28)


MFA302 The Quatrain Part 1 (Metrical Poetry Series) (Mar 01)
MFA174: Writing Flash Fiction (Mar 01)
MFA110 Syntax, Style and Grammar (Mar 01)
F142 Short Story Workshop - Free Form (Mar 07)
B101 WVU Orientation (Mar 07)
MFA205 Developing Characters (Mar 08)
MFA051 Flash Nonfiction: Image and Detail (Mar 08)
L143: Brave New World (Mar 13)
F300 Crafting Stories for Children (Mar 14)
B101 WVU Orientation (Mar 14)
MFA150 Introduction to Flash Fiction (Mar 15)
L246 Lydia Davis and Lucia Berlin (Short Story Workshop) (Mar 20)
L403 The Immense Journey - Loren Eiseley (Mar 20)
F164 The Single Effect Theory (Edgar Allan Poe) (Mar 21)
B101 WVU Orientation (Mar 21)
MFA206 Minor Characters (Mar 22)
L232 Kevin Moffett & Nam Le Short Stories (Mar 27)
L309 Their Eyes Were Watching God (Mar 27)
B101 WVU Orientation (Mar 28)
F140 Short Story Workshop – Linear (Mar 28)
MFA151 Flash Fiction Workshop: Vignettes (Mar 29)


N140 Writing the Memoir (Apr 04)
F188: Writing Boosters - Plot Limitations (Apr 04)
B103 Grammar (Apr 04)
B101 WVU Orientation (Apr 04)
MFA207 Setting and Character (Apr 05)
L230 Italo Calvino Short Stories (Apr 10)
F307 From Dream to Story (Apr 11)
B101 WVU Orientation (Apr 11)
MFA052 Flash Nonfiction: Voice, Sound and Language (Apr 12)
MFA152 Flash Fiction from Contemporary China (Apr 12)
B101 WVU Orientation (Apr 18)
MFA208 Difficult Characters (Apr 19)
MFA703 Maps of the Imagination (Apr 23)
L211 Poe and Hawthorne Short Works (Apr 24)
Fiction 190: Writing Boosters - Recipe #16 (Apr 25)
B101 WVU Orientation (Apr 25)
B105 Punctuation (Apr 25)
MFA153 Flash Fiction - The Myth-ing Link (Apr 26)
MFA403 Contemporary Writing Strategies (Apr 26)


L301 If on a winter's night a traveler (Calvino) (May 01)
B101 WVU Orientation (May 02)
B304 Adjectives and Adverbs - The Pros and Cons (May 02)
F192 Writing Boosters - Plot Ideas (1 Week) (May 02)
MFA209 Point of View Basics (May 03)
B101 WVU Orientation (May 09)
F242: Science Fiction Workshop (May 09)
MFA314 Japanese Poetic Forms (May 10)
MFA154 Flash Fiction Point of View and Voice (May 10)
L300 A Lesson Before Dying (Ernest Gaines) (May 15)
B101 WVU Orientation (May 16)
B303 Point of View (May 16)
B107: The Writers' Way to Creativity (May 16)
P166 Poetry Triggers - Line Breaks in Poetry (May 16)
MFA210 The Art of First Person (May 17)
L234 Barth and Borges (Form and Content) (May 22)
F174: Writing Booster Workshop - Opposites Attract and Repel (May 23)
B101 WVU Orientation (May 23)
MFA053 Flash Nonfiction: POV and Structure (May 24)
B101 WVU Orientation (May 30)
P168 Poetry Triggers - Using Points of View in Poetry Part 1 (May 30)