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January 20, 2020 – March 30, 2020

Mondays 6:30-9:30

Get the story in your head ready for the screen. This class focuses on the tools and processes of creating engaging and visually-driven narrative scripts. The key is showing—not just telling—the story. Through exercises and practice, learn to express plot, character, and conflict in cinematic terms. Develop an ear for authentic dialogue and gain an understanding of when and where to employ it. The goal is for students to outline and write the first act of a feature screenplay and/or short film script by the end of the class. Time outside of class is required for completion of assignments, about three to five hours a week including writing and reading.


  • Treatments and outlines
  • Formatting
  • Screenwriting software options
  • Story conception and plot structure
  • Character creation
  • Effective dialogue
  • Sequencing
  • Conflict and resolution
  • Adapting source materials
  • Get Instructor feedback for your writing as it progresses

What are students saying about Screenwriting Fundamentals with Randall Jahnson?

“Randall brings his experience, high expectations, much needed encouragement and his amazing storytelling skills to create an amazing class. Really a special opportunity.” 

“Learning from a true pro helps give confidence to the students.” 

“This course gives the novice and beginner script writer a dynamic, detailed, visual, practical and fun dive into the mechanics of writing a script.”