Concordia University


Course Code: CEJN 136
Late night in a dark apartment on the east side of nowhere. Cheap neon pours in through the half-opened window. Slow zoom in on a student hunched over a keyboard, trembling with anticipation. If that sounds like your kind of movie, this could be the start of something great. In this course, you'll learn by writing your own script, developing characters, creating tension, building conflicts, finding resolution. You'll critique your own work and that of others and you'll learn about the business of screenwriting: how to pitch, how to get an agent and how to develop your story once it's sold. By the end of this course, they'll be rolling the credits and you'll be thanking your instructor and your fellow writers.

Your take-away

This course is a great way to help you:
• Understand the essence of a story;
• Create a roadmap for your script;
• Learn the principles of character development;
• Hone your instinct to question your characters and plot;
• Learn how to build conflict, work up to a climax and create resolution;
• Gain practice writing specifically for television;
• Critique your own work and that of your peers;
• Organize a successful pitch.

Our approach

This is a writing class, so you'll be doing a lot of it. There will also be workshops, exercises, group discussions, presentations and critiques. Enthusiastic participation and effort are the keys to enjoyment and success in this course.

Who benefits the most?

• Anyone considering a career in writing for cinema or television or the web.
• Creative writing students who want to broaden their range of expression.
• Advertising copywriters who want to improve their storytelling skills.
• Retirees or busy professionals who want a creative outlet.
• Anyone with a story to tell.

Alumni discount

Concordia University Undergraduate and Graduate Alumni, based on the information maintained by the Office of the Registrar, are waived from paying registration and late registration fees when enrolling for courses at Concordia Continuing Education. In addition, Concordia University Undergraduate and Graduate Alumni will receive a 10% reduction on their tuition fees. The Alumni discount is automatically calculated when students enroll on-line.

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