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February 24, 2021 @ 3:00 pm 6:00 pm

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.

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.

Instructor’s Web Site: https://vimeo.com/187209677

A paper script against a green background

Course Outline

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

  • February 3rd- Introduction to Writing elements
  • February 10th – Writing effective Action and Dialogue
  • February 17th – Plot and Story shape
  • February 24th – 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: https://zoom.us). Link for the virtual classroom will be sent to participants on Tuesday, February 2nd.