Screenwriting Workshop: Advanced Screenplay Writing


Screenwriting Workshop: Advanced Screenplay Writing

195.00 285.00

Level: Advanced

Location: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Begins: April 2, 2018
Ends: May 27, 2018


This class is for students who already possess a good working knowledge of screenwriting. It’s also for students who have started writing a screenplay or teleplay but need additional coaching. If you took our Intermediate Screenplay Writing workshop, then this is the next class for you. In this class, students tackle a new full-length screenplay or re-write one already started or completed.

We focus on revision for story, structure, character and visual elements. Students also provide constructive criticism for fellow students. The classes focus on weekly lectures based on the overall projects of the class including a review of key subjects including character development, second act structure, dialogue, archetypes and others. Specific assignments that cater to each student’s projects—including writing assignments, additional readings, and movie or TV pilot watching and criticism—are assigned. Additionally, each student writes and hones a log line, a treatment, and a query letter for their project.

Instructor Bio

Senta Scarborough is an award-winning journalist and Emmy® Award-nominated producer, in addition to being a screenwriter. Current screenplays include crime dramas inspired by her time in Southern Appalachia and the borderlands of the Southwest. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California Riverside/Palm Desert. She also holds a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA Extension Writers Program and is a graduate of the USC Cinematic Arts Summer (screenwriting) Program. She is a former senior investigative reporter and long-form narrative writer for E! News and E! Online. She spent nearly a decade covering crime as a staff writer for The Arizona Republic. Her work has appeared in USA Today, US Weekly magazine and Asheville Poetry Review, among others. She currently serves on the board of directors for the National Gay and Lesbian Journalist’s Association. She earned a B.A. in English and Political Science and a B.S. in Philosophy and Religion from Radford University. A Virginia native, she now lives in Los Angeles with her wife and their dog.