Superior Short Scripts

The Screenplay Workshop classroom

Learn how to write a short film script that truly has an impact in this special two-Saturday seminar. Upon completion of the course, participants will have a short film script outline and all the tools they need to finish the script, including access to free screenwriting software.

On the first Saturday, we’ll view several award-winning short films and discuss what elements they have in common. We’ll then look at short film structure, and you’ll leave with our Four Essential Questions: four questions you need to know the answer to, in order to ensure your short film story has meaning and depth.

On the second Saturday, we’ll go through participants’ answers to the Four Essential Questions and make sure you’ve created a short film story that has the maximum effectiveness. Then we’ll look at screenplay formatting and how to write scene description and action that flows on the page the same way you want it to unfold on the screen. Lastly, we’ll get our hands dirty and do an in-class writing exercise to reinforce what everyone has learned.

Access to free screenwriting software will be provided. Most writers prefer, however, using a pen and paper for the in-class writing exercise, although laptops are welcome in the classroom.

All programs at The Screenplay Workshop are taught by professional screenwriter and script consultant Jill Chamberlain and meet in our central Austin classrooms (near 38 St and Guadalupe). Early registration is encouraged.

How to register