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Screenwriting 3: From Page to Screen

Course Times & Enrolment

Mondays from 15th April 2024 (Code FM067-321) Mondays from
15th April 2024 6:30pm - 8:20pm • (10 classes)
G38 Paterson's Land, Holyrood Campus • Tutor: Douglas Dougan MA MAIE
This course is now closed for enrolments

Course Summary

Want to see your name in lights? This course takes screenwriting students to advanced level with professional techniques, practical tips on how to finish and polish a screenplay, and teaches vital market knowledge so you can truly start to write what sells, and sell what you write.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

This course is suited to students who have studied introductory and intermediate level skills in screenwriting.

Content of Course

Classes will be a mixture of lectures, class discussions and practical workshops.

1. How to write the whole screenplay.

2. Re-writing tips and tricks.

3. Re-writing workshop #1.

4. Advanced Visual Storytelling.

5. Advanced Subtext Writing.

6. Writing Exposition.

7. Re-writing workshop #2.

8. Giving your film meaning.

9. The Business of Screenwriting.

10. Final workshop.

Teaching method(s)

Lectures, screenings and analysis of clips/script excerpts. Students will be given practical exercises to work on individually and in groups to master the skills demonstrated.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Develop an idea into a marketable script;

  • Pitch a screen story in both written and oral form;

  • Apply advanced professional techniques to their own writing.


Core Readings


  • Friedmann, J. & Walker, C., 2012. The Insider's Guide to Writing for Television and Film, UK: Trotman Publishing.

  • Friedmann, J., 2000. How To Make Money Scriptwriting, 2nd edition, Inc NetLibrary: Intellect Books

  • The Writers Handbook, NY: MacMillan (revised annually)

  • The Writers and Artists Yearbook, London: A&C Black (revised annually)

Web Sources

Script-O-Rama: hundreds of movie and TV scripts to download and read (for education purposes).

Internet Movie Script Database: professional movie scripts.

Script Slug: more scripts to download and read.

BBC Script Library: TV and radio scripts to download and read.

DoneDeal resources for screenplay, pitch, treatment sales and more.

Screen Daily updates from the screen trade.


Class Handouts

Handouts will be provided.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.