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Screenwriting - Beginners

Screenwriting - Beginners (Online Short Course)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
David Lemon


Can you tell a good story? Then the chances are you can write a screenplay. Like all good stories, film and television dramas have to be structured. They need to grab your attention and hold it until the last frame. Whether you want to write commercial screenplays or break the mould, this course will teach you the basic principles. 

Topics covered

  • We will work on taking your ideas and finding their dramatic structure, then understanding how they fit into a classic genre.
  • You will then learn the building blocks of satisfying storytelling and how to use conflict, tension and momentum to create a gripping story.
  • Weekly writing assignments will put these principles into practice, while class discussion will encourage collaboration and confidence in your own creativity.

Entry requirements: None

Level: Beginners

Please note that all courses scheduled to start before 30 June 2020 will take place in an online classroom. Courses starting after this date will be held in our onsite classrooms.

For more information on Online Short Courses please see the below information.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Please note that Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Tutor Description

David Lemon's screenwriting credits include FAINTHEART (Film4) starring Eddie Marsan and the'The Man In Black' radio horror series starring Mark Gatiss.  He has lectured  on screenwriting at The National Film and Television School, The Metfilm School and The University of West London. He also produced documentaries on such classic British films asTHE 39 STEPS, THE RED SHOES and BRIEF ENCOUNTER.


There are no specific advance requirements for this course.  

You are encouraged to come with an idea that you would like to develop into a film.

You may also wish to buy or rent a video or DVD of Little Miss Sunshine and The Apartment ahead of time, as you will be asked to watch these films as part of your homework (even if you have seen them before). Moviemail is recommended for an excellent online mail order service; they also have a huge back catalogue.

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