Certificate in Screenwriting

Produce a Polished, Full-Length Screenplay


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Class Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $2,538

Next start date

September 2017

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About this Program

Some of the most popular and well-known writing today isn’t created for publication — it’s crafted to be translated into television shows and movies. Before a second of film or video is shot, there is a writer with talent and an idea for a story. And you can be that writer.

In this two-course certificate program, you’ll become adept in the craft of screenwriting. We’ll explore the art of storytelling with writing exercises that prompt creativity and help you organize your ideas. You’ll learn how to pitch a story treatment for a full-length script and how to apply proven approaches for selling your work. By the end of the program, you’ll have a full-length screenplay that you can market to agents and studios.


Those interested in writing and selling their own screenplay.

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Video Overview

Instructors Kim Cunningham and Diane Mettler of the Certificate in Screenwriting discuss the many different options screenwriters have today to see their stories told.

Duration: 03:23

what you'll learn

  • Aspects of the classical three-act structure, keys to character development and visual storytelling techniques for plotting your screenplay
  • The dynamics of theme, conflict and resolution
  • Genre considerations, marketplace insights and effective pitching strategies
  • Proper screenplay formatting and packaging

get hands-on experience

  • Develop your screenplay idea into a complete story treatment
  • Create a full first draft of your screenplay and revise it into a polished product
  • Practice pitching your story treatment or script
  • Have the opportunity to submit your work to Stratus: Journal of Arts & Writing

Apply for a Scholarship

You can apply for a $500 scholarship to help pay for this program. Details are provided as part of the certificate application process.


Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

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Learning Formats


Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.


Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.

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Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.

Not available for this program