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Screenwriting Stage 2

Because everyone loves a good sequel…

You have a draft script; now it’s time to turn it into a polished screenplay! Explore pacing, characters, suspense and how to sell your finished product. More detail

Upcoming course dates

StartsNext date to be confirmed soon!

Location Sydney
Ground Floor
55 Lavender Street
Milsons Point NSW 2061

WhenThursday EVENING classes
(once a week for five weeks)


Presenter Tim Gooding

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We run this course Sydney every six months (or so). Click here to be the first to know about new dates!

Course description

Would you like to take your film idea to the next stage?

Screenwriting Stage 2 expands upon the subjects covered in Screenwriting Stage 1, as well as addressing other, more sophisticated screenwriting techniques. This course is very practical and will focus on larger, more complex projects, particularly feature film.

To undertake Screenwriting Stage 2, you will need to bring a substantial work-in-progress of your own in Week 1. At minimum, you should have written the first act of a long-form screenplay. The project may be one you previously developed in Screenwriting Stage 1 or perhaps a short film script that may become the forerunner to a feature film.

You will be expected to undertake more homework than was required in Screenwriting Stage 1, in order that significant progress is made on your draft screenplay over the five weeks.

As well as receiving guidance in developing your own screenplay, you will also learn about:

  • Complicated characters: You will learn how to create characters who surprise, who have complexity and contradiction. You’ll also learn about attractive villains, unattractive upstanding citizens, paradoxes, secrets, dark places and more.
  • Genre: Is your screenplay a genre piece? Could it benefit from becoming one? You’ll discover “the rules” of genre and how to follow them.
  • Big stakes: Learn how to push your subject matter into the larger realm of feature film. How to make life much more difficult for your character/s and create a stronger story. You’ll find out about “wounding to reveal”.
  • Mystery and suspense: How to deploy these story structures to make your screenplay more gripping.
  • Finer techniques and principles: You’ll learn about point of entry/exit, subtext, point of view, and more.
  • The deadly middle act: Learn how to develop a stronger, more complex and propulsive narrative in the area that most frequently goes missing.
  • Selling your screenplay: Discover how to find a producer and pitch your script.

Please note: The minimum prerequisite for Screenwriting Stage 2 is completion of Screenwriting Stage 1 and/or completion of the first act of a feature film or similar long-form project. You’ll be required to submit a copy of your script-in-progress at least one week before the course starts.

Exclusive access to our AWC Graduates’ Club

Want to know where all the cool kids hang out? The Graduates’ Club of course! Now, calm down – there’s no cigars, leather armchairs or loud ticking grandfather clocks here. But it IS exclusive invitation only (on completion of a course) and it’s free!  Meet other writers online and share successes, seek help or just get something off your chest. Many students believe this ‘legacy learning’ is one of the most valuable things about our AWC community, and who are we to argue?

So if you want to receive feedback, support and a heads-up on opportunities … join the Club!

Your presenters

  • Tim Gooding

    Tim Gooding, Sydney

    Tim Gooding writes for stage, film and television. He is also a musician and songwriter. Tim’s feature film... View Profile

Graduate testimonials

  • "Absolutely brilliant."

    - Veronica Akhurst

    "Tim was an engaging presenter, enthusiastic about his craft and gave quality feedback on my writing."

    - Nicole Reddy

    "Tim’s enthusiasm was exceptional. He put much effort into writing notes and climbed into each participant’s story in detail."

    - Stewart Wauchop

    "Tim is very practical, detailed and constructive as a presenter and also in the advice he gives. His enthusiasm is impressive and infectious. An extremely enjoyable and productive course for a sometimes confronting course of study!"

    - Frances Tan