Screenwriting – Online

If you have always wanted to create something extraordinary, set a story with your own words and your own point of view, but never knew exactly how to then this is the course for you. In this course you will be introduced to the art of screenwriting; from creating characters, setting scenes, plot building and twists to characteristics of screenplay format and finally what makes a good screenplay good.

The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class: You can sign up for free here:

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Who is this course for

This course is for everyone interested in the art of screenwriting and want to know the tricks to successful screenwriting. The course will also benefit those who are interested in writing film reviews as they will get an insight into the work of a screenwriter. The course is appropriate for all learners and no prior knowledge of screenwriting is necessary. However, it is desired for the students to have a good command of English. Any additional knowledge of spoken language such as slang, dialects etc is beneficial, but not obligatory. The course will equip the students with all relevant knowledge and skills important for putting their art into the world. The course will encourage friendly, creative and mutually supportive energy.

What does this course cover

By the end of the course, students will have good understanding:
1.of the intricacies of successful screenwriting to build a good character and what are the most important things about a character building
3. how to differentiate between a plot and a twist and how many plots and twists there should be
4.what makes a screenplay interesting and how to section a screenplay to build a successful scene and what is a scene
6.the mere technicalities and format of screenplay as well as what to do with a finished script.

What will it be like

The course will be a mix of interactive PowerPoint lecturing, incorporating short video extracts and other visual material as well as samples of work. Teaching methods will include visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts will be provided though students are advised to bring a pen and paper with them. The learning methods will involve a range of student activities. These will include brainstorming, writing and reading own samples, group work, writing own short screenplay and discussing it as well as reflecting on presented sources and analysing provided material.The course is practical and project-based. The students will be assessed through completion of their practical work; e.g. project work in a form of short screenplay.
The progress will be assessed via displayed understanding of the lectured topic, via successful completion of interactive exercises, via participation in group discussion and finally through own written work. The students will be assessed through completion of their practical work; e.g. project work in a form of short screenplay.

What else do you need to buy or do

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quite and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

All the relevant material will be provided during a course though students are advised to bring a pen and a notebook to make notes. However, there will plenty of handouts and worksheets distributed during the class. Students should be prepared to write short samples of screenplay at home as part of their homework.

What this course could lead to

This course could lead to other courses on Film such as Making Your Own Film and/or The History Of Film. The course could also lead to promoting own work in the real world.

Further Study with Mary Ward Centre.
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre. Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: and from the following websites:;;;;

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’