Scriptwriting for Screen & Radio

Ref: C3668678

A friendly and accessible insight into the principals of writing for screen and radio - script layout, writing for film, TV series, sitcom, sketch comedy - gain some experienced knowledge regarding maximizing a script's potential and where to submit it.

Course aim

Offering insight into the principals of writing for both screen and radio whist providing the opportunity to devise/write your own script.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

The course will cover information relevant to writing for both screen and radio (such as 'visual writing') including correct format for submitting scripts to agents/production companies etc. It will also allow learners to review/gain advice regarding developing their own work. There will also be an element of story craft inc character and structure. The course will cover writing for film, writing for television and radio both soaps and drama series. Writing comedy be it TV, radio sketch show or series. A main aim is enable learners to devise and draft a script of their own.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

Express an understanding of the principals involved in writing for both screen and radio. Show confidence in using this understanding to commenting on a screen text and one intended for radio broadcast. Draw from their own skills and experience when preparing a script for either screen or radio. Evidence practical competence in the development of a script for either screen or radio. Gain motivation and enthusiasm for the subject area.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Feedback will be received via the regular review of the ILP form also via continuous Q & A interaction and discussion with the tutor.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

None - but a note pad and pen is essential.

Reading and information sources

Nothing specific - the course will cover a broad range of genres and formats - from film, to soap, sitcom, drama series, adaptation to sitcom, monologue and comedy sketch writing all for both Screen and/or Radio.

What could the course lead to?

Other Writing based WEA Courses - from September 2017: 'The 36 Dramatic Situations', (January 2018) 'Revenge of the Short Story' and (April 2018) Crme Writing: inc. Mystery, Ghostly and Gothic Fiction - may be of interest/use - Ask Tutor for Details Alternatively study at a higher level and/or start submitting scripts.

Download full course outline

Scriptwriting for Screen & Radio Course Outline


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