Script hovering

This course is full. 

Screenwriting, also called scriptwriting, is the art and craft of writing scripts for videos, feature films, or television productions. A writer can create a script that is based on an original idea, or they can create a script from a concept, true story, or an existing literary work, such as a novel, poem, play, comic book or short story, that they have the rights to adapt. A screenplay by itself is not a final product; it is used as a blueprint during the Video Production process by the Director to craft their vision for the story.

In this introductory course, topics covered will include the following areas: dramatic structure and script elements, writing dynamic action and strong dialogue, developing characters, the importance of rewrites and how to receive notes on your work, how to craft a logline and pitch your idea. We will also do writing exercises to use the skills acquired in the workshop and discuss other learning and community resources.

This course is divided into 4 consecutive Thursdays to give participants a week between classes in order to complete homework. 

Course Outline

  • Week 1- Introduction to Writing elements
  • Week 2 - Writing effective Action and Dialogue
  • Week 3 - Plot and Story shape
  • Week 4 - Writing for production and review



This course will take place online. To join the meeting, participants will need to create a Zoom account (register for the free account here: Link for the virtual classroom will be sent to participants on Wednesday, May 20th.  


Duration in hours
Maximum Participants
Cost for Members
Cost for Non-Members
Online - Zoom meeting
Workshop Dates
Thursday May 21 2020, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Thursday May 28 2020, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Thursday June 4 2020, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Thursday June 11 2020, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Registration Deadline


Photo of Nate Estabrooks

Nate Estabrooks is a graduate of the prestigious Norman Jewison Canadian Film Centre and member of the Director's Guild of Canada. Nate Estabrooks is a workshop instructor with a wide and practical film path to draw from. As a talented feature director, VFX artist and award-winning screenwriter, he is a founding member of Space Tigers Inc, a production pipeline offering VFX and post-production services and continues to develop his toolset through 360 videos, VR storytelling and computer-generated imagery.