Summer Workshop in Screenwriting Online
If you're unable to commit to the year-long Professional Program in Screenwriting, the Summer Workshop in Screenwriting Online is a great way to get your feet wet. Students meet in a weekly three-hour workshop that stresses the theory and craft of professional screenwriting. Over the course of 10 weeks, each student develops a concept, outlines a story, and completes the first act of an original feature-length screenplay.
The Summer Workshop is closely modeled after the MFA screenwriting program's "434" screenwriting class. Designed by former MFA Screenwriting Chair Lew Hunter and current Co-Chair Richard Walter, and limited to no more than eight students, the live video workshop involves round-table readings and analysis of each student's work, led by an instructor who is a professional screenwriter. The Summer Workshop is a great introduction to UCLA screenwriting.
Students in the online program also have access to a virtual campus, where they can view a weekly video lecture provided by UCLA instructor and professional screenwriter Kris Young, who is featured in the 2009 documentary “Tales from the Script.” At the virtual campus, students also post their homework assignments in preparation for their weekly workshop meeting, and participate in discussions on message boards. Workshop instructors have their own forum in which to post their thoughts, as well as any handouts they may have for their class.
Students who successfully complete the Summer Workshop and choose to enroll in the year-long Professional Program do not need to resubmit their application materials (please note that students must begin a new screenplay in the Professional Program).
In order to participate in the Summer Workshop in Screenwriting Online, you’ll need the following items:
• High-Speed Internet Access
• Internet Browser such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari
(not Internet Explorer)
• Microphone w/Attached Headset
(you can find these at office supply stores for as little as $30)
• Web cam
NOTE: Enrolled students will receive more information on what to look for in a Microphone/Headset.
Check out our Screenwriting Admissions page for information about the application process and to download an application form.
Start Date: Week of June 24, 2013
Application Deadline: May 31, 2013
Workshop Day: Mon, Tues, Wed, or Thurs. Specific day of the week TBD. Schedule conflicts of enrolled students taken into consideration.
Workshop Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm PST. If we have enough enrolled students on the east coast of the U.S. and overseas, we will schedule a workshop that meets at a more convenient time for those students (typically 1:00pm – 4:00pm PST).
Tuition: $1100 for the summer (charged upon admission to the course). See Screenwriting Admissions page for details.