Basic Screenwriting

6 sessions / 2.5 hours per session

A good story and script are the foundation of all successful films. Designed for the beginner screenwriter with little or no film or television experience, this workshop aims to build a solid foundation in screenwriting through a blend of lectures and writing exercises.

Taking the short film as a starting point, participants will learn about crafting their stories and ideas into screenplays with interesting characters and compelling plots. Participants will learn the fundamentals of the 3-act narrative structure, visual storytelling, and how to craft dialogue and characters for the screen. The learning experience is enhanced by online critique and discussion of writing exercises, in between class sessions. At the end of the workshop, each participant will have a completed first draft for a short film (up to 10 pages).


• What makes a good script
• Structure and elements of a screenplay
• Beats, outlines, treatments, synopses and loglines
• Reviewing short film clips
• Pitching exercise
• Set-up, exposition and backstory
• Themes • Visual storytelling
• Setting and character
• Reviewing films
• Plot developments, escalating conflict, stakes
• Writing compelling characters, dialogue and subtext
• Story and character arcs
• Set ups/pay offs, causality
• Sequences
• Pacing, rhythm
• Climax
• Resolution, denouement, deus ex machina
• How to rewrite, generate new ideas and receive critique
• Exercises to improve writing

Workshop fee:  S$360



Group B – 7 Jun to 12 Jul 2018
By Ric Aw (Instructor Profile)
This workshop takes place over six sessions as follows totalling 15h of instruction time.

#1 Thur 7 Jun 7.30pm – 10pm
#2 Thur 14 Jun 7.30pm – 10pm
#3 Thur 21 Jun 7.30pm – 10pm
#4 Thur 28 Jun 7.30pm – 10pm
#5 Thur 5 Jul 7.30pm – 10pm
#6 Thur 12 Jul 7.30pm – 10pm