Screenwriting Stage 1

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This course is ideal for: Anyone who loves the idea of writing for TV or movies

If this course were a song:
"Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran








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Two consecutive Saturdays
(10 hours total)

How to turn your idea into a finished screenplay

Everyone has an idea for a film. Some people even get around to writing, or at least starting, a script. Many don’t. Screenwriting Stage 1 is for both these categories.

Whether you’ve had an idea for a blockbuster brewing in your head for ages, or if you’re brand new to the craft, this course will help you get the idea out of your imagination and into an engaging movie script.

The course is delivered by Tim Gooding, a professional screenwriter, who has worked in both film and television, comedy and drama, for over 30 years.

Your fundamental elements of screenwriting

Screenwriting Stage 1 is a practice-based course in the fundamentals of screenwriting, with principal focus on three basics:

  • Character
  • Story
  • Structure

If you’re a complete novice, you’ll be given the means to begin developing a script and the tools to get past the terror of the blank page.

So even if you don’t have a pre-existing idea for a screenplay, that means you’ll be guided in generating an idea for a short film and then develop it into a workable screenplay over the duration of the course.

The tools you need to write a movie screenplay

However, if you already have a script, or part of one, Screenwriting Stage 1 will equip you with the tools to analyse what you’ve written and to judge the quality of your screenplay.

  •     What’s working well in your screenplay?
  •     What isn’t working and, more importantly, why?
  •     What must you do to make your screenplay better?

This course delivers practical ways of improving your script.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  •     The ideal way to structure your story.
  •     What you need to include in your plot.
  •     How to write characters people love to watch.
  •     Why pressure is the catalyst of character.
  •     The difference between story and plot.
  •     How to write the most audience-engaging narrative.
  •     Genre, style and theme – and how this applies to your screenplay.
  •     What you must do before you even start writing.
  •     And MUCH more.

By the conclusion of this course, the aim is that you will have completed a first draft screenplay for a short film. You’ll receive professional feedback both during and on completion of the draft script, with a view to proceeding to further drafts.

Once you have completed Screenwriting Stage 1, most students continue with Screenwriting Stage 2. This is important to keep your momentum going and help you create a compelling screenplay.

Tim Gooding is a great communicator. He imparts a wealth of information in an entertaining and inspiring manner. The course, like a good film, flows at a cracking pace.

- Cynthia Cowan

Imagine: "And the winner is …"

Whether you want to write a popular Oscar-winning film like The Social Network, an iconic movie like Apocalypse Now or a blockbuster like Skyfall, your journey starts here. OK, you won’t win a Golden Globe next week, but you’ll be taking your first steps in learning the art and craft of screenwriting.

Writing movies is very different to other forms of creative writing. There’s nothing quite like seeing your words eventually come to life on the big (or sometimes small) screen. You’ll learn the skills you need to transfer the movie that’s currently playing in your mind onto paper – so that you have a strong, well-structured script that can end up in production.

Enrol now. Then start drafting your acceptance speech!

I've been struggling with some aspects of my writing for years and in this short course I have been inspired with the confidence to keep plugging away. Already my work has improved and I feel motivated to keep pushing on with my writing.

- Chris Mitchell

Enjoy 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!


We’ll bring the world-class course content, industry-savvy presenters and a diverse community of like-minded people.
You just bring yourself.