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Intensive Screenwriting Workshop: From Concept to Clapboard

This course is for students who are serious about screenwriting. In a workshop format, you’ll generate three acts, construct characters and learn how to outline a story. Then you’ll take your outline and turn it into a treatment and build a feature-length script. In the morning block, you’ll receive instruction in narrative structure, conflict, scene construction and dialogue. Mornings will also include writing time and individual conferencing with the instructor.  Every day will include a working lunch, when we’ll screen relevant films. In the afternoon we’ll critique each other’s drafts and have writing and conferencing time. You must bring a laptop to class, and you’re strongly encouraged to explore free or low-cost online screenwriting applications like Celtx before class begins.

Who It’s For

This course is for incoming 10th to 12th graders. It is not for those who need remedial writing help. All students should have a high level of English language proficiency and the stamina to write for longish stretches.


Josephine Cripps has taught English, history and drama in Seattle Public Schools since 2000. She earned her MFA in screenwriting from UCLA and has worked in story development for MGM, United Artists and other motion picture production companies. A recipient of the Washington State Excellence in Journalism Award, she is the author of a novel, Friends and Fortunes. She thinks the best job in the world is teaching young writers a few tricks and then getting out of their way. 

More Information

See the Things to Know section for details about registration policies, transportation and parking, and more.


Aug 5–Aug 16, 2019

9 a.m.–1 p.m.
UW Seattle
Refund Deadline
June 12 (100%)