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  • Workshop
  • Online: Zoom
  • Advanced

Advanced Scriptwriting Workshop

No Longer Enrolling

  • $670.00 Non-Member
  • $645.00 Member

Class Description

Ready to work with professional actors to bring your script to life? Want to get your script produced, get an agent, or apply for an MFA program? In this intensive forum, you will polish and complete a full-length screenplay or television pilot. The course will combine peer workshops with lectures, writing exercises, and in-depth analysis of several classic screenplays and television shows. The last half of the course offers each writer the opportunity to workshop their script with professional actors. You will be in the company of other serious writers and an experienced instructor dedicated to giving comprehensive and insightful feedback.

At the end of the class, writers will participate in a staged reading of a scene from their completed script. The reading will use professional actors and will be performed in front of a live audience. Writers are welcome to invite friends and family to the event. Only students who have taken previous screenwriting workshops at GrubStreet or elsewhere should apply. Space is limited to 9 students in order to foster a closer, more intense, and more rigorous learning experience.

Applicants should have at least one act or thirty pages of a screenplay or television pilot completed. Submissions of prose are discouraged as this class is focused on screenplay writing.

Important dates:

This application deadline has now passed. Late applications will not be reviewed, but we encourage you to check out our open-enrollment class, Screenwriting for Film and TV, coming up later this term!

The payment deadline for admitted students is Monday, January 10th.

To apply, please click the red "SEE DIRECTIONS TO APPLY" button in the top right corner of this page. This application will ask you to detail your workshop experience. It will also ask you to upload a 5-10 page writing sample. Please make sure this writing sample is a PDF file, double-spaced, and in 12-point font. For tracking purposes, your name should appear in the file name (e.g. Smith.Novel Title.Submission). Please note that the application itself will ask for a Word document or PDF, but for this class you should upload a PDF version of your sample. You can also track the status of your application in your Grubstreet profile. Please make sure your application is complete before you finally click "APPLY." If you have any technical difficulties filling out this application, please email [email protected]. You will receive a confirmation email once our system has received your submission.

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!