Fall 2021 - CA 238W E100

Screenwriting I (3)

Class Number: 7898

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    HCC 1530, Vancouver

  • Prerequisites:

    One of CA (or FPA) 136, 137 or 253 and prior approval.



This course introduces the methodologies of writing for the screen in various styles, including dramatic, documentary and experimental forms, with an emphasis on structure and the creative expression of visual ideas. Students will perform a variety of writing assignments and each will be expected to complete one or more short original scripts. Students with credit for CA (or FPA) 332 or 238 for credit may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for FPA 238W may not take this course for further credit. Writing.


The course will be primarily a workshop model with a focus on the craft of screenwriting, critical discourse and constructive feedback. Participation is required and will be a substantial consideration in regards to grading. Students will be expected to share work in class and provide respectful verbal and written feedback to one another. To gain more insight into the craft of screenwriting we will also be examining and breaking down several works throughout the course. 


The primary goal of this course is to gain more insight into the student's individual writing practice, to further develop their voice and to explore techniques in regards to the craft of screenwriting, editing and responding to feedback. By the end of the term students will have completed two short scripts. 


  • Writing Exercise 1 5%
  • Writing Exercise 2 5%
  • First Draft 1 15%
  • Revision Draft 1 15%
  • First Draft 2 20%
  • Revision Draft 2 20%
  • Participation 20%


Over the course of the term, students are required to write and revise two short screenplays (10 pages or less), to complete two writing exercises and a number of in class exercises. Scripts will be read aloud in class and students will be expected to provide thoughtful and constructive feedback on one another's work.

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