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CMS 470 A: Advanced Screenwriting

Meeting Time: 
MW 10:30am - 12:20pm
MGH 082A
Shawn Wong
Shawn Wong

Syllabus Description:

Course Description:

Our goal in Advanced Screenwriting is to mimic a real life working writer’s room and create a screenwriting workshop.  What that means is that each of you will not only write and work on your own screenplays, but also be responsible for providing feedback and collaboration on the work of your other writers in the room.  We will write collaborative screenplays as well as individual screenplays.

Besides the goal of creating a writer’s room, the other goal of the class is to prepare you for more independent writing and self-critique.  

You will develop several original short screenplays from prose narrative story to film treatment to screenplay. 

Each of these phases of screenwriting will involve four major areas of development: Story and Structure, Scene Sequence Approach to Screenwriting, Writing Realistic Dialogue, and, yes, Story and Structure Again.

Required Texts:

Title:     Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach
Author:    Gulino, Paul        ISBN:      978-0-8264-1568-4 
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic  Edition:                     
PubYr:     2013               


Catalog Description: 
Students hone their understanding of screenwriting techniques; enhance their editing/critiquing skills; and develop their own screenplays, synopses; and treatments of various genres, including but not limited to silent, poetic, dramatic, and news-based scripts.
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
January 12, 2018 - 2:00am