Oct 20 - Dec 13
Screenwriting: Core Elements
Registration is now closed for this session.
Michael Urban

Applications are now closed. APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2pm PT, Monday, October 5.

Create an outline for your feature film screenplay, with an accomplished screenwriter as your guide. In this live, online course, you will develop a new story idea into a full outline that can be used to guide the writing of your script. 

In lecture sessions you will analyze clips from full-length feature films that exemplify important concepts, complete interactive exercises, and discuss concepts and raise questions with others in your course. Weekly homework is reviewed by your course advisor and is designed to move you closer to your completed outline. The course concludes with a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project. 

By the end of the course you will:

  • develop and reveal your protagonist, antagonist, and supporting characters.
  • identify your major dramatic question.
  • determine your inciting incident, conflict, and denouement
  • construct the world and tone for your screenplay.
  • understand how to take notes and approach a rewrite.

This course is ideal for:

  • first-time screenwriters with a great idea but don’t know how to execute it
  • novice writers who have a first draft but want to nail down their structure or character development

Course enrollment is capped at 50 students per session, with a student to advisor ratio of no more than 12 to one. To apply, you must be able to articulate the logline for your feature film idea.


The course will be held live in our virtual classroom. All sessions are recorded for registered participants who are unable to attend live.

  • DURATION: Eight weeks, October 20 - December 13
  • SCHEDULE: Tuesday, 9am - 11:00am PT
    • Extended first class session: Tuesday, October 20, 9am - 12:00pm PT
    • Extended last class session: Tuesday, December 1, 9am - 12:00pm PT
    • One-on-one mentoring sessions are held between Dec 7 - Dec 13
Michael Urban has been a working screenwriter since selling his first screenplay in 2001, just six months after graduating from the American Film Institute with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Screenwriting. In 2002 production began on that screenplay, resulting in the MGM/UA feature film, SAVED! Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, the film went on to win accolades at South by Southwest and the Gen Arts Film Festival. more...
Allison Lee is a screenwriter who most recently completed feature film assignments for Paramount Players and Universal Pictures. She is currently working on a limited series for Kilter Films and Amazon. more...

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