Screenwriting: an introduction

Course Dates: 19/08/18
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Kolton Lee

Want to write scripts but don't know how to start? This nuts and bolts workshop covers the basics of scriptwriting, designed to help you shape up your ideas and get your story going.

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Screenwriting: an introduction


What is the course about?

The course is designed to introduce you to some of the concepts and skills required to enter this area of the media - screenwriting. The course will include analysing extracts and film clips and taking part in writing exercises.

The Tutor: Kolton Lee is an award winning filmmaker, novelist and academic. A graduate of the National Film & Television School, he has written for a number of television shows, has made two independent feature films and is a published author. He has taught Screenwriting and Directing at a number of different institutions including South Bank University, London Metropolitan University and The London Film School and the New York Film Academy. A former Programme Leader for the BA Screenwriting programme at Central Film School, Kolton is currently a Senior Lecturer in Filmmaking at Kingston University.

Build reserves the right to change course tutors from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor.

What will we cover?

You will cover: character; structure; dramatic conflict; dialogue; visual writing; audience involvement.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- respond to and assess pieces of writing with sensitivity
- demonstrate an understanding of the key elements of a script
- demonstrate an understanding of the contribution each element makes to the working of a good - i.e. engaging - script.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is aimed at beginners.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Partly in groups or pairs to facilitate practical, hands-on exposure to the ideas and information presented.

The Tutor
Mike Harris has written and developed a drama serial for Pearson Television and a pilot sitcom for BBC Wales. He sold his screenplay Broken Shell to Channel 4 and has worked as a story editor on The Bill. He has also written and directed for the corporate video market and taught screenwriting and film at colleges and professional bodies throughout the UK.

City lit reserves the right to change course tutors or venues from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor/venue.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Purchase of specialist publications is advisable. General guides such as Screenwriting (Syd Field) are recommended.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

This one-day course acts as a taster in screenwriting. If you wish to pursue this further, you may wish to join a 'Ways into screenwriting' course. These run each term.

All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for Build writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on and Twitter.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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This course was extremely informative and I was especially impressed with how much we covered in only one day! Use of film clips was useful but I found the writing exercise the most fun and beneficial.
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Review by S / (Posted on 30/09/2017)
Not anywhere near as good as other courses I have attended. Started by giving instructions for group activity, misunderstood by one group who, when they reported back after ten minutes discussion showed that they did not understand the task. Tutor was patronising towards them and had failed to notice that they misunderstood because several times when he gave us a group activity he left the room instead of showing some interest in what people were doing. No doubt he had better things to do during that time than bothering with us. About an hour or two of the day was interesting and worthwhile when we worked through a film.
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Review by Regular student at Build, let down for the first time. REJECTED: Comment on teaching style / (Posted on 01/06/2015)
Good tutor. Class way too big. Good jumstart
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Review by Ladybegood / (Posted on 01/06/2015)
Really enjoyed this 1-day introduction. The tutor guided us through so much with a cleverly put together format. Great tutor and great fellow students to work with.
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Review by Jollie / (Posted on 01/06/2015)

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Course Code: HW435

Sun, day, 19 Aug - 19 Aug '18

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £59.00
Concession: £24.00
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