Screenwriting 101

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An Unlikely Story

111 South Street

Plainville, MA 02762

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Are you one of those people who have thought, “I’d like to write a screenplay someday, but I don’t know how to start”? If yes, then this is the course for you! All you need is a creative idea and a computer to capture those ideas.


I hope so! In this course you'll spend six sessions exploring the ins and outs of screenwriting from an instructor with experience in the field, all while writing your very own screenplay! This course prioritizes screenwriting basics including: developing characters, outlines, correct formatting, building scenes, and more. Plus, you'll receive feedback on your writing from workshop members and the instructor, as well as advice on delivering pitches, various writing techniques, and more!

As a final product, each participant will complete an outline and several scenes for their screenplay.

Participants should come prepared with a story idea they’d like to write, whether it’s notes on a paper napkin or even if they have already taken a crack at a script.

The instructor for the workshop is Abigail K. Perry.

Course Outline

Session One: What and who is your movie about?

  • Learn the craft to writing loglines and techniques on how to develop and write a strong cast of characters.
  • Weekly Assignment: A logline for your screenplay and character worksheets for your cast.

Session Two: How do I outline a movie?

  • Learn Hollywood's foolproof outline: Blake Snyder's Beat Sheet!
  • Weekly Assignment: A beat sheet for your movie.

Session Three: What is Celtx? How do I format a screenplay?

  • Learn advanced (and free) technologies to write screenplays, as well as important script formatting rules.
  • Assignment: One scene from your movie where a character wants something but can't have it.

Session Four: Act One. How do I begin?

  • Learn the essential elements of act one including: setting, exposition, characters, inciting incidents, and major decisions.
  • Assignment: Write the opening scene of your movie.

Session Five: Act Two. Why is it called "muddle through the middle"?

  • Learn the essential elements of act two including: raising the stakes, the midpoint, false triumphs and failures, rallying the bad guys, building to a climax, and more.
  • Assignment: Writing the midpoint of your movie.

Session Six: Act Three: Bring Her Home!

  • Learn the essential elements of act three including: the final showdown, the climax, and the resolution.
  • Assignment: Write the final scene of your movie.

What You'll Learn

  • How to write a logline for a movie

  • How to write a strong cast of characters that avoid cliches

  • How to outline a movie

  • How to format a screenplay

  • How to make your scenes visual

  • How to give your characters a unique voice

  • How to engage genre conventions in order to write a satisfying ending

Who Should Take This Course

  • Anybody who wants to write a movie - no prior experience needed!

  • Writers who want to understand the functions of each act in a movie

  • Writers wanting to develop writing skills using targeted creative assignments

  • Writers looking to solidify structure in their screenplays

  • Writers looking to strengthen their characters & dialogue

  • Writers seeking feedback in a creative workshop environment

  • Writers who would like to develop good writing habits that stick to a deadline

Required Book

Save the Cat! Strikes Back by Blake Snyder

*available at An Unlikely Story*

Enroll Today!

This class is a hybrid course. It will run three face-to-face sessions at An Unlikely Story and three online. Each week there will be an assignment due on Sunday.

The Timeframe for this course is:

  • October 12 (An Unlikely Story)

  • October 16 (An Unlikely Story)

  • October 26 (An Unlikely Story)

  • November 2 (Online)

  • November 9 (Online)

  • November 16 (Online)

*All classes on site are held from 6-7 p.m.*

  • This course needs 6 screenwriters to run.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No limit! This course is geared towards all people and ages interested in the craft of screenwriting! Ever watched a movie and thought, I can write that. Fabulous! This course is perfect for you!

Each workshop divides time between learning screenplay essentials and writing. All writers are encouraged to share their work in a workshop format, and each student will receive feedback from the instructor on their beat sheet (structure plan) and the opening scene of their movie!

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Plenty of parking is available at An Unlikely Story, either at the bookstore or in their parking lot across the street.

What can I bring into the event?

A computer, a creative mind, and a positive attitude! Writers are encouraged to purchase the resources explored in this course but it is not mandatory. The instructor will break down the essentials of screenwriting, which the required resources reinforce.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Easy! You can contact Abigail on her website at akperry.com or Twitter account A_K_Perry

What's the refund policy?

This course requires at least eight students to run. If we do not meet this count, you will receive a full refund.

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