Screenwriting: Completing Your Script


Course Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost : $829

Next Start Date:

March 25, 2024

This course is part of a certificate program. You can also take it without enrolling in the program.

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About this Course

It’s time to write — really write. In this third and final course, you’ll learn how to put it all together, transforming your foundational skills and virtual index cards into a finished version of your screen story. You’ll build a compelling first act that introduces audiences to a relatable — though not necessarily likable — focal character and that creates a pivot point from which to launch your story. You’ll follow up with a second act revealing that all positive change is accompanied by almost insurmountable sacrifice. The dramatic third act enables your audience to enjoy the journey while gleaning insights on the human condition, for better or worse.

Designed For 

Aspiring and experienced writers looking to make their stories pop on screens big and small. You must have completed Screenwriting: Character & Plot before taking this course.

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What You’ll Learn 

  • Methods for developing a writer’s discipline 
  • Effective techniques for kicking off a winning script
  • Rules for overcoming the “sophomore slump” of the second act
  • Proven approaches for tackling your third act
  • Guidelines for next steps after you complete your draft 

Get Hands-On Experience

You’ll draft a completed script that you can submit to agents, contests or other audiences.

Program Overview

To earn the Certificate in Writing, complete any three courses in two years or less.


You should register for all courses individually; there is no application process for the certificate program.

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 stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »

Course Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings


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

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