Creative Writing: Writing For Cinema

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 39 Conc £14 Full £71 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Saturday 10:30 - 15:30 1 MAC 04/04/2020 04/04/2020 HW1083

What will the course cover?

We will explore the various features of a screenplay and ways that cinema tells stories through image and sound, drawing on some of these techniques to create cinematic writing of our own. We will also explore simple ways of generating ideas for screenwriting and screenplays, including adaptation

Who is the course for?

For everyone who loves cinema, and for those who would like to explore how to create screenwriting

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

None, apart from English language skills that are competent for everyday communication

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

You will be able to use the accurate layout and standard features of a filmscript You will be able to use visual storytelling methods - including storyboarding and mise-en-scene - to help create cinematic narratives You will be able to use a number of different types of film structure and narratives You will be able to use a variety of ways to create film characters (including verbal and non-verbal communication), cinematic scenes, themes and ideas for films

How is the course organised?

This is a one-day Saturday writing programme with a specific focus on writing for cinema. You can take this writing programme alone, or in conjunction with the other three Saturday writing modules. The structured session will include practical individual writing exercises, presentations, group & pair discussion, workshopping of student writing, printed materials and screenings.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

Students can develop their writing exercises following the day writing programme and follow up their own interests on the reading list.

How will my progress be assessed?

Q&A during sessions; workshopping of writing exercises; short individual tutorials at the end of day writing programme; written feedback from the tutor post-writing programme.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

You can take additional Saturday modules: ‘Creative Writing: Writing Short Stories & Fiction’ ‘Creative Writing: An Introduction – Finding Ideas’ ‘Creative Writing: Writing Autobiography, Life Stories and Creative Non-Fiction’ You can also take the general on-going creative writing programme during the week.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

There is a booklist that students can use develop their interests beyond the day writing programme. You need to bring a pen and notebook.

What support is available?

Ask at reception if you have any special nees or requests.