Introduction to Screenwriting

This course is an introduction to screenwriting for short screenplays. Through lectures, screenings, group discussions, and critiques, students will engage with the fundamentals of cinematic storytelling, such as character arcs, plot, structure, subplot, subtext, pacing, and dialogue.

As a process-oriented course, students should develop their own, 5-10 minute screenplay with the goal of completing a first draft by the end of the course. No previous screenwriting experience necessary.

This course is offered in partnership with OCAD University to offer a wide range of courses for enhancing your career expertise in web, design, photography, analytics, and technology. Combine this course with four other Online Digital Media & Graphic Design courses to earn a Digital Media Skills Certificate.

Important registration details:

Courses offered in partnership with OCAD U are delivered through a series of tutorials and related assignments which students may complete at their own pace on the OCAD learning management system Canvas.

The instructor is available throughout the course time period for questions and discussions. To learn more about course expectations, visit here.

As a student, you will receive an OCAD U user account, which will grant you access to Canvas. Your Canvas account will be enabled one week prior to the start date of your course. Please log in at

If you do not know your OCAD U User ID, please check your registration confirmation email. You can reset your password here.

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Winter 2021
Date & Time:
2 Mar 2021 to 6 Apr 2021
  • 6 online classroom sessions
Instructor: Price:
$445.00 plus tax
Registration Deadline:
February 19, 2021

Course Requirements

Regular access to a computer with a high speed broadband internet connection is required.

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