About

It is everyone’s dream to take one of his or her beloved hobbies and turn it into a flourishing career. Writing for the screen and stage can be a very lucrative career if you know what you are doing.

Our online Screenwriting & Playwriting course is exactly what you need to finally stop talking about that screenplay or play you are going to write and do it. All it takes is a penchant for storytelling and a leap of faith.

Regardless of your level of experience, our online Screenwriting & Playwriting course is the first step you need. We help new writers who have never explored their creativity and accomplished screen and playwrights alike.

If you want to finally take action and become the screenwriter or playwright that you have always dreamed of becoming, enroll in our online Screenwriting & Playwriting course as soon as you can. The rest of your life starts as soon as you take this step, so don’t waste any time.

What you will learn

  • Get inspired
  • Understand how to write for the screen and stage
  • Create unique and real-life characters
  • Develop a strong plot
  • Learn to write engaging and realistic dialogue
  • Find your voice and style
  • Cure writer’s block

Requirements

International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.

Lessons

Module 1: Inspiring Yourself

  • Where to get inspired
  • How to spark your ideas
  • Proper brainstorming techniques
  • How to vet your ideas

Module 2: Starting To Write

  • Log line
  • Thematic Question
  • Creating characters
  • Tone
  • Scene construction
  • Treatment

Module 3: How To Write A Screenplay

  • Understanding three-act structure
  • Beat sheet
  • “Scriptment”
  • Scene and action description
  • Dialogue
  • Approaches to writing a script

Module 4: Writing For The Stage

  • Play structures
  • Action description
  • Direction description elements
  • Stage limitations and advantages

Module 5: Creating Characters

  • Back-story
  • Character goal
  • Character tension
  • Finding your character’s voice
  • Dialogue

Module 6: Story Development

  • Developing themes
  • Realistic and exciting conflicts
  • Outlining vs. writing as you go
  • Powerful climaxes
  • Resolutions or non-resolutions

Module 7: Find Your Voice

  • Know your audience
  • Know your purpose
  • Choosing a point of view
  • What is your style?

Module 8: Developing Your Setting

  • Where?
  • When?
  • Using the setting to express depth
  • Story, characters, and themes for setting

Module 9: Unique Structures

  • Non-linear narratives
  • Unreliable narrators
  • Distinctive points of view
  • Writing for a social or geographical dialect

Module 10: Tricks To Avoid Writer's Block

  • Free-writing
  • Removing yourself
  • Reading
  • Change your scenery

Career

Who is this course for

A great screenwriter or playwright is an individual who:

  • Knows how to tell a good story
  • Gets inspired by the world around him/her
  • Has a creative and unique mind
  • Has an eye and an ear for human behaviour, and human motivation
  • Is in touch with his or her own feelings and emotions

Career path

After completing this course, you could:

  • Write that screenplay you've been wanting to create for years
  • Explore the exciting and challenging industry of TV and film
  • Express yourself creatively
  • Improve your writing
  • Help others to write screenplays

Certification

You will be required to complete each lesson in full, and answer exams at the end of each course module. If your pass rate exceeds 55% on each exam then you will receive a certificate of completion, to recognize your achievement. You can immediately download your PDF course certificate from IOA.

Most of our courses will earn you credits through Continuing Education (CE) / Continuing Professional Development (CPD). CE/CPD points are accepted and recognized by professional member bodies and academic institutions across the US and internationally.

All courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards (www.icoes.org). When successfully completing a course, students can choose to purchase an ICOES certificate that recognizes the achievement, from this third-party institution.

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    About

    It is everyone’s dream to take one of his or her beloved hobbies and turn it into a flourishing career. Writing for the screen and stage can be a very lucrative career if you know what you are doing.

    Our online Screenwriting & Playwriting course is exactly what you need to finally stop talking about that screenplay or play you are going to write and do it. All it takes is a penchant for storytelling and a leap of faith.

    Regardless of your level of experience, our online Screenwriting & Playwriting course is the first step you need. We help new writers who have never explored their creativity and accomplished screen and playwrights alike.

    If you want to finally take action and become the screenwriter or playwright that you have always dreamed of becoming, enroll in our online Screenwriting & Playwriting course as soon as you can. The rest of your life starts as soon as you take this step, so don’t waste any time.

    What you will learn

    • Get inspired
    • Understand how to write for the screen and stage
    • Create unique and real-life characters
    • Develop a strong plot
    • Learn to write engaging and realistic dialogue
    • Find your voice and style
    • Cure writer’s block

    Requirements

    International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.

    Lessons

    Module 1: Inspiring Yourself

    • Where to get inspired
    • How to spark your ideas
    • Proper brainstorming techniques
    • How to vet your ideas

    Module 2: Starting To Write

    • Log line
    • Thematic Question
    • Creating characters
    • Tone
    • Scene construction
    • Treatment

    Module 3: How To Write A Screenplay

    • Understanding three-act structure
    • Beat sheet
    • “Scriptment”
    • Scene and action description
    • Dialogue
    • Approaches to writing a script

    Module 4: Writing For The Stage

    • Play structures
    • Action description
    • Direction description elements
    • Stage limitations and advantages

    Module 5: Creating Characters

    • Back-story
    • Character goal
    • Character tension
    • Finding your character’s voice
    • Dialogue

    Module 6: Story Development

    • Developing themes
    • Realistic and exciting conflicts
    • Outlining vs. writing as you go
    • Powerful climaxes
    • Resolutions or non-resolutions

    Module 7: Find Your Voice

    • Know your audience
    • Know your purpose
    • Choosing a point of view
    • What is your style?

    Module 8: Developing Your Setting

    • Where?
    • When?
    • Using the setting to express depth
    • Story, characters, and themes for setting

    Module 9: Unique Structures

    • Non-linear narratives
    • Unreliable narrators
    • Distinctive points of view
    • Writing for a social or geographical dialect

    Module 10: Tricks To Avoid Writer's Block

    • Free-writing
    • Removing yourself
    • Reading
    • Change your scenery

    Career

    Who is this course for

    A great screenwriter or playwright is an individual who:

    • Knows how to tell a good story
    • Gets inspired by the world around him/her
    • Has a creative and unique mind
    • Has an eye and an ear for human behaviour, and human motivation
    • Is in touch with his or her own feelings and emotions

    Career path

    After completing this course, you could:

    • Write that screenplay you've been wanting to create for years
    • Explore the exciting and challenging industry of TV and film
    • Express yourself creatively
    • Improve your writing
    • Help others to write screenplays

    Certification

    You will be required to complete each lesson in full, and answer exams at the end of each course module. If your pass rate exceeds 55% on each exam then you will receive a certificate of completion, to recognize your achievement. You can immediately download your PDF course certificate from IOA.

    Most of our courses will earn you credits through Continuing Education (CE) / Continuing Professional Development (CPD). CE/CPD points are accepted and recognized by professional member bodies and academic institutions across the US and internationally.

    All courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards (www.icoes.org). When successfully completing a course, students can choose to purchase an ICOES certificate that recognizes the achievement, from this third-party institution.

    9072 Students

    Guarantee

    Accredited

    Accredited