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Introduction to Screenwriting

Aimed at those with little or no experience writing screenplays, this course will introduce basic storytelling concepts and screenwriting techniques. You will learn how to structure a narrative and create engaging scenes that capture the audience’s attention. Participants should have a basic idea for a story they would like to write for the screen, and they must be willing to discuss their idea in class. Topics covered will be relevant to those looking to write a short film, a television pilot, a web series or a feature film.

Participants are expected to attend all the scheduled classes starting Wednesday February 10 and read each script submission prior to the workshop start time at 7pm on Wednesdays February 17, 24 and March 3, give and receive constructive feedback. For this reason, it is not acceptable to leave once your project has been discussed. The instructor will use each individual project to illuminate screenwriting concepts and storytelling techniques that will be of use to every writer. Participants must submit a story summary (two paragraphs maximum) of their story idea by Friday February 5, 2021 and should be committed to spending some time developing their concept between classes. Please submit your story summary to with “LIFT Winter 2021: Introduction to Screenwriting” in the subject line. The Introduction to Independent Filmmaking workshop is recommended as a prerequisite.

For ONLINE WORKSHOPS, prior to the class, please create a profile on Zoom and download the free version of the application at

You will receive an email from LIFT with an invitation link to join the workshop one hour before the class begins which will prompt you to open the application or web browser. After this, the instructor will admit you into the call.

Please ensure that you log in using a Zoom account with a profile name that appears as the same name registered for the class. If not, for security reasons, you may not be permitted to join. During the workshop, we advise that you keep your microphone on mute to minimize external noise and that you unmute when participating in class discussions. Please also arrive to the session on time so the instructor can admit you before the lesson begins.

part 1: Tue 20 October 2020, 7 - 9:30 pm   
part 2: Tue 27 October 2020, 7 - 9:30 pm   
part 3: Tue 3 November 2020, 7 - 9:30 pm   
part 4: Tue 10 November 2020, 7 - 9:30 pm   

Instructor: Stephen Davis

Originally from the UK, Stephen Davis is a graduate of the MFA Screenwriting program at the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles. He has worked as a script reader for companies in Los Angeles, Toronto and the UK. In 2014, he was selected for Script Room 4, a BBC program for developing new talent. His most recent feature film screenplay has received development funding from the British Film Institute (BFI) and Film Wales and was selected for the Black List Mini-Lab at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. In 2016, he was the runner-up for the Red Planet Prize for new television writing. Passionate about screenwriting education, Stephen also spent a year in the School of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and tutored a number of film courses and workshops at York University in Toronto while earning a second Master’s degree in Screenwriting.

Location: Online
Category: Writing & Directing
Maximum Capacity: 6
12 hours of instruction in 4 parts$150 /member$175 /nonmember
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