Course Description

An introduction to scriptwriting for both stage and screen. This course introduces you to some of the fundamental techniques of writing for the stage: dialogue, character, and structure. This is a hands-on course and the emphasis is on practical and critical exercises. You will have a chance to read and respond to published work, and use it as a source of inspiration as you begin to produce your own dramatic writing, through in-class exercises and assignments. It explores the art of script writing through the prism of an intensely competitive UK and global industry.

The course engages with tradition and innovation in dramatic writing across contemporary theatre, radio, television, film and digital media. The course contributes to debates relating to scriptwriting, script development and script production.

    1. Consent/Information Sharing Policy

    2. Welcome

    3. How to use this course

    4. Pre-Training Assessment

    1. Introduction: The Dramatic Form and Medium

    2. A Writer's Tool

    3. Discussion Forum

    1. Talent & Craft

    2. Using Your Imagination In Creative Script Writing

    3. Choosing A Medium

    1. Scriptwriting: Playwriting & Screenwriting

    2. Writing A Short Story

    3. Writing Drama

    4. Assessment Quiz

    5. Discussion Forum

    1. STORY: Plot & Narrative Structure

    2. Dramatic Action

    1. Plotting The Play

    2. Dramatic Devices in Plot Construction

    3. Character

    4. Dialogue

    5. Setting

    6. The Scene

    7. Genre & Archetypes

    8. Assessment Quiz

About this course

  • Free
  • 91 lessons
  • 2 hours of video content

Course Covers

  • Screenwriting styles and contrasting approaches used to create original work.

  • Techniques used to construct a successful screenplay and to inspire them to create original stories in a stage and screen.

  • Finding your voice and creating engaging, original and thought-provoking scripts.

  • Terminology used by scriptwriters and to enable students to write a short stage and/or film script.

  • To introduce students to how the theatre and film industry works from a writer's perspective.

Script Writing Reviews

5 star rating

The Joy of Script Writing

Ifeanyi Ukwuoma

Script Writing is a soul journey. It takes up time, dedication and retrials which makes it lonely. But generally, it is captivating and intriguing.

Script Writing is a soul journey. It takes up time, dedication and retrials which makes it lonely. But generally, it is captivating and intriguing.

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Enlightening

Eloho Emubare

Thank you Terra Arts Academy for the opportunity to learn about scriptwriting. I look forward to my stories live on your stage.

Thank you Terra Arts Academy for the opportunity to learn about scriptwriting. I look forward to my stories live on your stage.

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On script writing.

Idiege Peter

Going through this content as expose me to the act of script writing, not just picking up pen and paper or typing with your keyboard but carefully drafting out plans and ways in which you are to go about the writing process before actually doing ...

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Going through this content as expose me to the act of script writing, not just picking up pen and paper or typing with your keyboard but carefully drafting out plans and ways in which you are to go about the writing process before actually doing the writing.

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Instructor

Sola Fosudo

Consultant Instructor

Sola hails from Lagos State. He was trained as a dramatist at Obafemi Awolowo University and University of Ibadan where he obtained a Master of Art degree in drama. He has featured and directed several Nigerian films. He is the head of the Department of Theatre Art, Lagos State University and the university's director of information.