Screenwriting: Character & Scene


Course Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 9 weeks
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost : $945

Next Start Date:

January 14, 2025

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About this Course

What is a character? Someone in a scene. What’s a scene? An event in which a character desperately struggles to get what they want. Memorable characters will inscribe themselves into your mind and remain there. How do we create memorable characters? Put them in memorable scenes. 

Most enduring films have a great scene at the beginning, middle and end. To write a great film script, you need to write great scenes.

In this course, we’ll take an in-depth look at memorable characters and scenes in a variety of films. We’ll identify narrative patterns and techniques, which will help you find opportunities to elevate the characters and scenes in your work. And we'll shoot two of our scenes during the course in a fast, no-frills, no-budget manner.

Designed For 

Aspiring writers who want to develop screenwriting skills, as well as more experienced writers who want to dig deeper into the craft. Students who began developing their original screenplays in Screenwriting: Story & Structure will finish this class with a completed draft.

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What You’ll Learn 

  • Ways to reinforce the three-act screenplay structure and screenplay format
  • Techniques to dive deeper into characters and drive organic conflict within scenes
  • How to workshop script pages like a professional
  • Methods for taking a scene from a page to the screen
  • Strategies for finishing a script on deadline

Get Hands-On Experience

You’ll develop an original screenplay, from idea and outline to the first 10 pages or first act, depending on your experience with dramatic writing.


Connect with an enrollment coach to learn more about this offering. Or if you need help finding the right certificate, specialization or course for you, reach out to explore your options.

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll meet with your instructor and classmates at scheduled times over Zoom. Learn More »

Course Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings


Meet your instructor

Paul Taegel

Independent Screen Writer


You'll earn 3 continuing education units (CEUs) for successfully completing this course. Learn more about noncredit options.

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