Skip to main content


With the coronavirus outbreak, many Summer Youth families are wondering what the impact will be on this summer’s Summer Youth programs. At this time, we’ve made no changes to our schedule. We’re closely monitoring the situation, and, if faced with changes, we’ll alert you as soon as possible. Not on our email list yet? Sign up now.

Intensive Screenwriting Workshop: From Concept to Clapboard

This course is for students who are serious about screenwriting. In a workshop format, you’ll generate plot, construct characters and build a feature-length screenplay. In the morning session, you’ll explore narrative structure, conflict, scene construction and dialogue. Mornings will also include individual conferencing with the instructor. Each day will include a working lunch, when we’ll screen relevant films. In the afternoon we’ll critique each other’s drafts, write and have more conference time. You must bring a laptop to class, and you’re strongly encouraged to explore free or low-cost online screenwriting applications like Celtx.

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


Jul 6–Jul 17, 2020

9 a.m.–2 p.m.
UW Seattle
Refund Deadline
May 13 (100%)