October 2021 (Start date to be announced)
Screenwriting: Writing Your Horror Feature
Registration is open until May 26, 2050

Course applications are now being accepted. 

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 and psychological thriller genres.

In class sessions, you will analyze clips from horror films and psychological thrillers, complete interactive exercises, and discuss concepts with course advisors. Weekly 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, an outline, and a treatment.
  • 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.
  • effectively craft dialogue to bring your characters to life and move the plot forward.
  • 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/psychological 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/psychological 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.


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

Sundance Co//ab 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 collab_courses@sundance.org to arrange for services. 

Further course details are forthcoming.


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