Oct 6 - Dec 5
Screenwriting: Crafting Your Horror Feature
Registration is now closed for this session.
Owen Egerton

Course applications are now closed. APPLICATION DEADLINE WAS:  Friday, September 10 at 2pm PT. 

Acceptances start after the deadline, and occur on a rolling basis.

Learn how to give shape and form to the outline of your horror screenplay with experienced screenwriters as your guides. In this live, online course, you move from idea to outline through a review of the foundations of compelling storytelling, and lessons on character, conflict, dialogue, and the components of the horror genres.

In class sessions, you will analyze clips from horror films, complete interactive exercises, and discuss concepts with course advisors. Designated homework designed to move your concept to a completed outline is reviewed by your advisor. The course concludes with a one-on-one mentoring session with your advisor focused on your project.

By the end of the course, you will:

  • gain an overview of the genre.
  • learn the difference between a beat sheet and an outline.
  • review the foundations of screenwriting, including three-act structure.
  • sharpen your main and secondary characters.
  • create mood and finesse the tone of your story.
  • build your story world.
  • identify your character arcs.
  • set up character conflicts.
  • learn how to process notes from your peers, collaborators, and studio execs.

This course is ideal for:

  • first-time writers who would like to understand the core concepts of horror screenwriting and how to move their project forward.
  • experienced writers who want a more formal setting and/or the guidance of an expert in horror screenwriting.

Course enrollment is approximately 50 participants per session, with a participant-to-advisor ratio of 12-to-1. To apply, you must have an idea for a horror screenplay.

"Taking this course gave me the confidence I needed to dive into writing horror screenplays.” - Selena B., Blacklick, OH, USA


The course will be held live in our virtual classroom. All sessions are recorded for registered participants who are unable to attend live. If you have any questions about the course, please email collab_courses@sundance.org.

  • DURATION: Eight weeks, October 6 - December 5
  • SCHEDULE: Wednesday, 10am - 12pm PT
    • Extended first class session: Wednesday, October 6: 10am - 1pm PT
    • Extended last class session: Wednesday, November 17: 10am - 1pm PT
    • One-on-one mentoring sessions are held between Nov 22 - Dec 5

Sundance Collab provides accommodations and support services to participants with disabilities. Accommodations and services are designed to meet the needs of each participant. Please email us at accessibility@sundance.org to arrange for services.

Award winning filmmaker and novelist Owen Egerton is the screenwriter and writer/director of several films including BLOOD FEST (Rooster Teeth, Warner Media) and MERCY BLACK (Blumhouse, Universal). Working in horror, comedy, and occasionally animation, Egerton has written for Fox, Disney, and Warner Brothers, HBO and more. more...
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