Course Description

5 sessions

Short films offer screenwriters the opportunity to introduce their story concepts, demonstrate their writing skills, and collaborate with directors -- without breaking the bank. In Writing the Short Script, I: The Craft, students will learn how to tell a complete, engaging, and visually compelling story in 10 pages. You will explore the basic elements of screenwriting, including genre, structure, character/story development, and dialogue. You will also learn how to write loglines, employ various brainstorming techniques, and practice proper formatting. Along the way, the class will read short scripts, watch short films, and discuss observations.

Learner Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have learned the basics of screenwriting and the value of writing a short script. You will be prepared to write one to two short scripts of your own.

More specifically, during this course, students will improve their ability to:

  • Use brainstorming techniques to generate and develop story concepts and characters
  • Write effective loglines (1-2 sentence descriptions of their scripts)
  • Design a three-act (or alternative) structure for their scripts
  • Create scenes with enough drama/conflict to push the story forward. Create three-dimensional, flawed protagonists with strong character arcs


student writing on notepad


Students participating in Professional Studies non-credit courses must possess a minimum of a High School diploma and must be an adult age 18 or older. Non-credit courses are taken primarily by professionals seeking to develop new skills, broaden their expertise, and build a knowledge base for their professional or personal goals. No application is required. Simply enroll by adding a course to your shopping cart and follow the steps during the checkout process.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Enroll Now - Select a section to enroll in
Section Title
Writing the Short Script I: The Craft
6:00PM to 9:00PM
Feb 02, 2022 to Mar 02, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Emerson College
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
A614 tuition $625.00
Potential Discount(s)
Drop Request Deadline
Nov 10, 2021 to Feb 02, 2022
Transfer Request Deadline
No transfer request allowed after enrollment
Section Notes

This is a synchronous course. It takes place on Wednesdays from 6pm to 9:00pm EST via Zoom. It starts on February 2 and will run until March 2, 2022.

This course is part one of a two courses curriculum. It can be taken as a standalone course.

Required fields are indicated by .