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During this trying time, UC San Diego Extension remains committed to helping you achieve your goals. In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have moved this summer’s Sally Ride Science Junior Academy workshops online. These online STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) workshops for students entering 4th-12th grade will be conducted through virtual class meetings using the Zoom conferencing system and the learning platform Canvas.

Learn the Secrets of Successful Screenwriting


If you dream of making it as a screenwriter, this course is the place to start. Learn proven techniques for crafting a script that tells a story effectively and holds the attention of your audience.

We will dissect scripts from popular films to find out what makes a good story and an engaging screenplay. Using the free platform Writer’s Duet, students will learn the accepted way to format a script. They will also gain an understanding of how to structure a screenplay and construct scenes with compelling characters, settings, dialogue and conflict. Through a variety of writing activities, students will sharpen their screenwriting skills. Finally, they will bring together everything they have learned as they storyboard, write and edit their own scripts.

What You Will Learn

  • Practice formatting a script using Writer’s Duet, a free formatting website
  • Discover how to use scene headings, subheaders, extensions, dual dialogue, sluglines, transitions and parentheticals
  • Learn to establish characters, settings, stakes and a central conflict
  • Explore how to structure a script by introducing an inciting incident, creating a confrontation and then resolving storylines
  • Gain an understanding of how to create compelling characters as protagonists and antagonists
  • Analyze how to structure an effective scene
  • Practice writing dialogue that feels natural, reveals character and advances the story
  • Put their new knowledge to work by storyboarding, writing and editing scripts

Return to the Sally Ride Science Junior Academy website here.

Course Number: WKSP-90137
Credit: 0.00 unit(s)

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