Affiliate Program

How to Write (and Sell) Your First Screenplay

Christina Hamlett

Course ID: LC006

Current Openings: Yes

This course is intended to give you the basics of screenwriting, taught by our experienced and talented screenwriting star, Christina Hamlett. This is a self-paced course where you will complete the lessons and assignments and then send them back to Christina.

The course structure is as follows:

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Course Type:

Private Mentoring

Objective:

To learn the basics of the craft of screenwriting!

Learner Prerequisites

No prior writing experience required. Just bring your imagination and your enthusiasm for learning how to break into the field of screenwriting.

Start Date Ongoing, open enrollment.
Duration As long as it takes.
Limit Not applicable.
Class Materials None
Cost $225
Tutorial Option Additional mentoring and critiquing is available from the instructor. The fee is $45 per hour. Please contact [email protected] to register.

Course Outline

Lesson 1:

  • Recognizing the differences between movies, books, and plays.

Lesson 2:

  • Divide and Conquer--a discussion of the formulaic nature of screenwriting and how it can make your writing easier.

Lesson 3:

  • Formatting--the basics of writing a script for the screen.

Lesson 4:

  • Titles, log lines, synopses, and target audiences.

Lesson 5:

  • Film Treatments.

Lesson 6:

  • Hooking an audience and not letting them go..

Each lecture has an accompnaying assignment to ensure your mastery of the material.

Instructor Bio

Former actress/director Christina Hamlett is

  • an award winning author
  • a script consultant
  • a ghostwriter
whose credits include
  • 25 books,
  • 123 plays and musicals,
  • 5 optioned features,
  • screenwriting/playwriting columns and interviews that appear throughout the world.

See www.absolutewrite.com/site/christina.htm for additional background.