Feature Film Writing Classes

Script Anatomy offers a suite of feature film writing classes taught by instructors who are all working feature writers. How to outline your movie, how to write a feature film, how to revise a feature film draft and how to pitch your movie.

We teach a consistent curriculum, a hands-on applicable writing process built on Script Anatomy’s unique writing tools. So, while instructors each bring individual expertise and experience, the core lessons in each course are the same. Expect step-by-step feedback; deadlines; and a dynamic and supportive classroom.

In addition to the summaries of classes below, check out the testimonial videos by alumni—they often speak about the particular classes they’ve taken.

View our Class Calendar for a full schedule.

Students in a screenwriting class

Feature Development Lab

Our foundational feature film writing class will take you from concept to outline over 5 weeks by applying Script Anatomy’s tools.

This is the course upon which all of our feature film writing classes are built. Each week, you will learn a new writing tool, and then receive a corresponding assignment in which you apply it to your own project. You will also receive weekly feedback from your instructor and your peers, providing you with an honest evaluation of your material in a dynamic and supportive environment.

Expect to work hard, this is an intensive course. You’ll learn about hooks, arena, loglines, the elevator pitch’, story structure, three act structure, character development, dynamic relationships, transformational arcs, stakes and conflict, dilemma, theme and more. What you’ll learn here will sustain you throughout your career.

Your instructor will share his/her experience on breaking into the business, navigating pitfalls, selling projects. If you’re new to Script Anatomy, and serious about your feature, this is the place to start.

5 weeks / 9 writers max

For the next Feature Development Lab, please check the Class Calendar.

Feature Draft Intensive

The logical next step after Feature Development Lab, this class will show you how to write feature film screenplay from a completed outline.

Do you have a feature outline to take to draft? Or a draft that needs to be rewritten? Maybe you’ve taken our Feature Development Lab class and want deadlines and feedback as you head into the draft?

This class will show you how to write a feature film screenplay draft from an outline in just four sessions with a week of prep. It will help you get that unfinished project written and polished while reviewing Core Structure and other key elements. You will learn to deepen emotional moments, amp up stakes, chart your character’s transformational arc, and illustrate themes.

In the pre-class prep week you’ll hand in your outline and read a comedy or drama script chosen by the screenwriting instructor. Then, in Week 1 you’ll get notes on your outline from your peers and instructor. In Weeks 2 and 3, you get notes on the first and second halves of your scripts.

1 Week Prep + 4 weeks Class/ 6 writers max

Required: Feature Development Lab or equivalent experience.

For the next Feature Lab Draft Intensive, please check the Class Calendar.

Feature Rewrite Lab

How to rewrite your feature film screenplay. This is the next logical step after Feature Draft Intensive or Feature Development Lab.

Writing is rewriting and this 5 session course is the place to do it.

Before class begins, writers must have a completed draft of a feature script that they wish to rewrite. And they need to come to class with a brief elevator pitch of their project to pitch in class on the first day. 

There are 5 classes in total. It runs once a week for four weeks, followed by three weeks off to rewrite script before the final class session. There is no handing in or reading of materials before class.

The first four weeks will be guided classes in which the instructor will teach tools and techniques that will help you fine tune all aspects of your script. Classes will cover structure, theme, character development, amplifying emotion, conflict, & stakes, dialogue, scene work and more. After each class, you’ll revise the first 15 pages of your script only using the lessons learned, and turn them in to the instructor and your peers for notes. Applying the techniques to just the first 15 pages, allows you to see how those pages evolve through repeated revisions. (Note that in one of those classes, you won’t hand in pages, but instead you’ll turn in a Script Anatomy Relationship Progression tool for notes.)

After the first 4 consecutive classes, you’ll get 3 weeks off to rewrite your entire script—essentially, to apply the process you’ve learned on your first 15 pages to your whole feature. On the 5th and final session, writers will turn in their entire scripts which they will receive detailed written notes on from their instructor.

5 Sessions / 8 writers max

Requirement: One completed feature, and one Script Anatomy class or relevant experience.

For the next Feature Rewrite Lab, please check the Class Calendar.

Feature Pitch Lab

How to pitch a movie. Pitching is critical, it can turn a career. This hands-on, 4-week intensive shows you how.

This course pulls back the curtain on a process that is usually only experienced by high-level screenwriters. You’ll learn everything from how to craft your pitch pages to what’s expected when you pitch producers and studios. Just as your spec feature has a recognizable story and structure, so does your pitch.

In the first class, your instructor will pitch you a feature he’s taking out to studios so you can see how it’s done. You’ll then learn to reverse engineer your feature into a professional pitch. And in the last class, you will pitch your instructor (and the class) your movie and get feedback.

1 Week Prep + 3 Week class / 8 writers max

Required: At least one Script Anatomy class or relevant experience.

For the next Feature Pitch Lab, please check the Class Calendar.

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