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Screenwriting – Online

We’re Going Virtual

In response to world events, on March 17th we made the difficult decision to postpone in-studio classes to do our part in supporting social distancing efforts.

We believe that this is an opportunity for us as artists to sharpen our craft and continue our creative processes, and so we are excited to announce the launch of our online part-time classes. These classes will continue to provide professional, competitive training that you have come to expect from Vancouver Acting School, all from the comfort of your own home.

Whether it be learning a new skill to satisfy your need to be creative, or working on polishing off some of the rust that might have formed over the past few weeks, we’ve got you covered.

Online requirements:

Our online classes are held over Zoom meetings. Students will be required to download the application or access Zoom through the web. Further instructions for accessing the classes will be shared with registered students before the first class.

Costs: Two payments of $169.99

    Next Start Date:
  • April 16th, 2020

Upcoming Classes & Registration

Our Part-Time classes will take writers of all abilities to new levels of skill and confidence through direct instruction from some of Vancouver’s top working instructors. Classes occur once per week and are three hours long. Click the registration link for the class of your choice to book online (*please note, only available on desktop at this time), or contact us at 604-564-7242 to reserve your spot.

Course Name

Upcoming Sessions

Thursday evenings from 6pm – 9pm with Laura Adkin
April 16th – June 4th (8 week course)
2 EQUAL PAYMENTS of $169.99

Course description

Creating worlds out of nothing and taking people on wild adventures that change lives is the stuff of gods…and writers! But around every corner lurks a relentless gang of demons: distraction, fear of criticism, self-doubt, and procrastination. We meet aspiring and active writers all the time who have a story in them or a creative project they want to get moving, but they’re stuck trying to make the next move. Get that script started and finished!

Course Summary

Story Basics – Equips you with the foundational story-building tools, techniques, and writer’s disciplines required to develop and finish an original screenplay. We’ll cover story creation, character design, world building, plot outline, script development, and the core habits you’ll need to set goals and deadlines, achieve your milestones, and succeed on your writer’s journey. Includes weekly exercises, film screenings, and initial development of your story outline and beat sheet.

Topics Covered

In this class you will learn and implement:

  • Building (& Sticking to) a Schedule
  • Generating Ideas & Loglines
  • Finding Your Theme
  • Creating Heroes & Villains
  • Building Your Story World
  • Scene Construction & Dialogue
  • Plot Structure & Beat Sheet Development
  • Genre conventions & what audiences expect
  • How to give and receive professional script notes
  • Formatting your script to Hollywood standards