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Intensive Screenwriting Workshop: From Concept to Clapboard

If you’re serious about dramatic screenwriting, this course is for you. In a workshop format, you’ll invent characters, generate plot and construct a feature-length screenplay. Along the way, you’ll get instruction in narrative structure, scene building and dialogue. You’ll share your own drafts, critique the drafts of others and meet with the instructor for individual story conferences. 

Who It’s For

This course is for 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 long stretches.


Josephine Cripps teaches English, history and drama in Seattle Public Schools. She earned her MFA in screenwriting from UCLA and has worked in story development for publishers and 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

This remote course uses the Canvas learning management system and Zoom video conferencing. Classes meet in real time and are not recorded. The instructor uses a blend of whole group discussion, small group/partner work and individual work time.

To participate, you should have access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection and a headset and webcam. You’re strongly encouraged to explore free or low-cost online screenwriting applications like Celtx or Final Draft.

See the Policies section for details about registration policies and more.


Mar 23–May 27, 2021

Tue, Thu
6 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Refund Deadline
Mar 2 (100%)